Whether we are seeking forgiveness for our own sins or asking God to help us forgive others, prayer is the first place to start when seeking restoration and healing. The below prayers can help guide your thoughts and words as you seek being forgiven or help in forgiving others. It is a big step to seek out forgiveness and you have taken a bold step in faith!
Before we jump into specific prayers for forgiveness, you may want to take some time to consider what God commands of us concerning forgiveness and why it’s so critical to be able to forgive. Visit our article: What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness?
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Prayer to God for Forgiveness of Sins
Even while I encourage you to pray this prayer, I caution you that saying words alone will not save you. Prayer doesn’t save. Only Christ can save. But prayer can be a means of reaching out to the Lord in true saving faith. If you pray these words in faith, Christ will save you. You can be sure of that.
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.
If you have prayed this prayer in sincere faith, you may want to put your initials by the prayer along with today’s date as a reminder that you have come to Christ in faith, trusting him as your Lord and Savior.
– Dr Ray Pritchard
Prayer for Forgiving Others
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.
– Kristine Brown
Short Prayer to Forgive Others
Dear Lord, I thank You for the power of forgiveness, and I choose to forgive everyone who has hurt me. Help me set free and release them to You . Help me bless those who have hurt me . Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. I choose to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as You forgave me . In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Debbie Przybylski
Short Prayer to Forgive Yourself
Father, today I ask forgiveness of all the negative and harmful words I have spoken about myself. I do not want to abuse myself in such a way again. Transform my thoughts and let me understand how marvelously you made me. Change my habits so I use my tongue to speak hope and favor upon my life. In Jesus’ name.
– Sarah Coleman
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Bible Verses About Forgiveness
Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Micah 7:18-19 – Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
Mark 11:25 – And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Luke 17:3-4 – So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
Read more Bible Verses on Forgiveness at BibleStudyTools.com
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If you have found that you have been snared into Satan’s trap of division due to conflict over current worldly events or if you hold something against anyone in your life, whether it be a coworker, friend, a former friend or spouse, or a family member please forgive them so our Heavenly Father can forgive you. It is easy to mistake forgiveness for acceptance when we live with someone. To keep the peace many times we just don’t talk about it, we don’t bring it up as to avoid the drama. However, when we hold it (because we don’t how to let it go) it gives place to the devil within our lives and effects how we see things. From this darkened perception we form opinions and beliefs that are against the nature of God and we tend to justify or viewpoint. So the bottom line is if there is darkness in our eyes we will see thing contrary to the nature of Christ. This is self-righteousness and the word of God calls this way of thinking unrighteousness and holding onto that hurt will lead us down the broad way to destruction. For to hold unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. Say this prayer out loud and ask the Lord to heal all the wounds, hurt, and grief that caused you not to be able to forgive in the first place. Finally bless the people who wronged you and what is the best blessing someone can receive? Salvation through Jesus Christ. If the people are not saved, pray for their soul. You wouldn’t want them to spend eternity in damnation would you? That’s loving your neighbor as yourself. If you need additional assistance contact us.
Father God your word says that if two or more agree on anything in Jesus name that it will be done for us. So we agree with everyone who reads this prayer individually with humility and true repentance that all the emotional hurt, pain, torment through remembrance be healed in Jesus name. We agree with our brothers and sisters who are in captivity to be freed now in Jesus name! Lord Jesus we thank you for your grace and mercy and ask that you teach all of us how to walk in your righteousness through the power of your Holy Spirit, Amen. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. ‘But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:43-45 KJV “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 14:12 NKJV “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:14-15 KJV “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” – Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV
Read out loud
Father God I come to you in the name of your son Jesus. I have sinned and I ask that you have mercy on me. I forgive everyone that I have held in judgment and all the things I have said against them. Please forgive me if I have caused any others to stumble out of the darkness of my own heart. I ask you Lord Jesus to soften my heart to everyone I have held something against. Please remove the darkness in my eyes and open my eyes of understanding so that I may see them as you do. I repent for passing unrighteous judgment for you are the only judge and law giver and I ask that you forgive me for not forgiving them earlier. Your word says I am to cast my care upon the Lord so I release the following people to you as well as any and all situations that have snared me into error. Holy Spirit please bring to my remembrance everyone whom I need to forgive so that I may do so now.
Take a few moments and let the Holy Spirit lead you.
Lord Jesus I forgive, release, and bless the following people. ___________________________
Now say them out loud name by name and release all the hurt to Jesus.
Lord your word says in Luke 4:18 that Jesus was sent to heal the brokenhearted, deliverance to the captives, and recover the sight to the blind. So Father right now in Jesus name I ask that you heal my broken heart, deliver me from captivity, and give me eyes to see and ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is saying to me. I humbly ask you Lord Jesus to set me at liberty for I have been bruised by the devices of this world. Please bless the people who I have release to you and remove all bitterness I have held towards them. I ask that you fill the place I gave to the devil with your Holy Spirit, to bring healing and restitution within my life, and renew the spirit of my mind; in the Holy name of your son Jesus Christ, Amen.