Prayer For Forgiving
Dear Lord, please forgive me for my sins [consider inserting details on specific situation]. I recognize that I made a mistake. I know that You forgive me, but I also ask that you help me to cope with the emotions I'm experiencing as a result of my error. Please guide me, sustain me and help heal me from the pain and shame that I am experiencing. Help me to remember that I am a child of God, and give me the power to make it through this season. In the name of Your son Jesus, I pray, amen.
Father, the weight of my sins weigh heavily on my conscience and I know that there is no righteousness in me. I come to You pleading for Your great mercy, and repent of all the many sins that I have committed against You so grievously. Lord, I confess that in my pride and arrogance I even joked about Your existence and blasphemed You in word and deed, and yet I discover that You sent Your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only acceptable sacrifice that could pay the price for my sins.
Lord, I kneel before You broken in heart for the wrong that I have done against You, and beg for Your grace and mercy on a pitiful sinner, who has come to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that He is my Saviour and Redeemer. Wash away all my sins I pray, and cleanse both my mouth and my thoughts from the filth that has poured fourth from my blackened heart. Lord, I come in humility of heart and brokenness of spirit, and pray and thank You that in Your mercy You sent Jesus to be the price for my sins. Thank You for Your promise that all who believe on Him would not perish but have their sins forgiven and receive the free gift of eternal life. Thank You, that I have been saved by Your grace, simply by trusting in the blood of Christ, in Whose name I pray,
Father, there are certain things that have recently happened to me that have been so painful that I am finding it quite difficult to forgive others, and yet I know that this is Your will for each one of Your children. I know that forgiving others in our hearts has a beautiful secondary function, of opening up our hearts and lives to Your warming love and perfect peace.
Lord, I want to forgive others, but there seems to be a sort of blockage that is causing me to hold fast to my anger and hurt. Please Father God, in Your goodness and grace, would You please help me to forgive fully, freely and forever so that I may be released from this sharp pain of unforgiveness, which seems to be holding my heart in an icy, iron grip.
Lord, You have promised in Your Word that Your grace is sufficient for every trial and each difficulty in life, and I trust that this means that Your grace is sufficient to bring me to that point of genuine and gracious forgiveness. And so I cast this unforgiveness at Your feet and pray that You would forgive me for holding onto my unforgiving heart for so long, knowing that in Christ Jesus You have forgiven me so much. Thank You, Lord, for dying on the cross for me and for forgiving all my sins. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient for me. In Jesus' name I pray,
Father God, thank You that You are the One that pardons guilty sinners, like me who are unworthy to so much as approach Your perfect righteousness. By rights, I should be excluded from Your presence forever, for I am guilty of so many of my sins and should stand condemned and exposed before You, who is a perfect and holy God. And yet in Your grace and mercy, You reached down from heaven to save a guilty sinner and sent Jesus to die on the cross so that by believing on Him, I would not perish but have everlasting life.
Thank You, Lord, for Jesus, Thank You for dying on the cross and shedding Your blood for me. In Jesus' name,
O Lord God almighty, Who pardons guilty men and has no pleasure in the death of a sinner: to you, O Lord, I stretch forth the hands of my heart and I implore of you forgiveness for all my unlawful deeds, albeit unworthy. I ask you to keep my mind from the operations of the enemy, my eyes that they do not look incontinently, my ears that they do not listen to vanities, my hands from the service of hateful things, and my reins that they be moved in you, so that I may be entirely yours. And grant unto me the gift of your divine mysteries, O Christ our Lord and our God, forever.
Dear Merciful Lord,
Thank you for your gift of forgiveness. Your only Son loved me enough to come to earth and experience the worst pain imaginable so I could be forgiven. Your mercy flows to me in spite of my faults and failures. Your Word says to clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Col. 3:14) Help me demonstrate unconditional love today, even to those who hurt me.
I understand that even though I feel scarred, my emotions don't have to control my actions. Father, may Your sweet words saturate my mind and direct my thoughts. Help me release the hurt and begin to love as Jesus loves. I want to see my offender through my Savior's eyes. If I can be forgiven, so can he. I understand there are no levels to your love. We are all your children, and your desire is that none of us should perish.
You teach us to let the peace that comes from Christ rule in our hearts. (Col. 3:15) When I forgive in words, allow your Holy Spirit to fill my heart with peace. I pray this peace that only comes from Jesus will rule in my heart, keeping out doubt and questions. And above all, I am thankful. Not just today, not just this week, but always. Thank you for the reminder, Always be thankful. (Col. 3:15) With gratitude I can draw closer to you and let go of unforgiveness. With gratitude I can see the person who caused my pain as a child of the Most High God. Loved and accepted. Help me find the compassion that comes with true forgiveness.
And when I see the person who hurt me, bring this prayer back to my remembrance, so I can take any ungodly thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) And may the confidence of Christ in my heart guide me into the freedom of forgiveness. I praise you for the work you are doing in my life, teaching and perfecting my faith. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Lord Jesus, for too long I've kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.
You opened the eyes of the blind,
healed the sick,
forgave the sinful woman,
and after Peter's denial confirmed him in your love.
Listen to my prayer:
forgive all my sins,
renew your love in my heart,
help me to live in perfect unity
with my fellow Christians
that I may proclaim your saving power
to all the world.