Prayers for repentance and forgiveness

Forgiveness and repentance go hand-in-hand in a Christian’s life.  We must learn to always forgive others and to ask for forgiveness ourselves.  Without repentance, we are liable of judgment from God.  If we withhold forgiveness to others, forgiveness will also be withheld from us.  Here are 7 prayers focusing on forgiveness and repentance.  May we all strive to live as holy as possible by allowing the Spirit to convict us of our sins and to forgive others that sin against us.

Forgive Me


There are no words to express how filthy I feel every time I break Your heart.  The guilt and the shame are overwhelming!  Lord, I need Your touch right now.  I am so sick of being “born again” and still doing the things I hate doing.  Like Paul, I am conflicted.  “For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing that I hate.” (Romans 7:15) I am so sorry!  Father, I ask for Your forgiveness right now.  I am shocked that my life has come to a point where even some sins don’t affect me at all.  Father, I have some hard layers on my heart that need peeling.  Please give me a 100% heart of flesh.  The hardness is a barrier between us that I can’t stand!  I love You and I am so regrettably sorry for my selfish actions.  Thank You for Your forgiveness, Lord.  Without forgiveness I am nothing.  With Your forgiveness I am whole again.  I praise Your Name!  Amen

Strength To Forgive Others

Holy Lord,

With Your forgiveness I am whole again. I praise Your Name! Amen

I can’t seem to shake the harm that’s been done to me off my shoulders.  I am wallowing in the anger I feel.  Lord, I shouldn’t think the vengeful thoughts that I have.  You have called me to forgive every single person that wrongs me.  I need Your strength to overcome these trespasses against me.  Father, I want to forgive these people.  Please cast the devil’s evil ways from me.  I want to look at these people and see lost souls that need You.  I want to forgive them completely so that You can use me however You wish, to be Jesus to them.  Father, I am done with holding these grudges!  Forgive me for holding on to them.  I cast this burden at Your throne now.  Do with me as you please Father.  I love You and thank you for Your patience with me.  Amen

Why Lord?

Beautiful Lord,

Why do You forgive us?  We shout praises to You when we sing worship.  With the same tongue we curse other people that are made in Your image. (James 3:9 reference)  Why do You forgive us?  We say we love You and still keep sinning.  Why do You forgive us?  We spend time in prayer thanking You for your blessings and then we refuse to bless others.  Why do You forgive us?  We read our Bibles when we make time for it, but we also read other nonsense that is offensive to You.  Why do You forgive us?  We praise Jesus for His death on the cross for the atonement of our sins and then we nail Him to it again every time we trespass against You.  Why do You forgive us every single time?  I am so thankful for your endless supply of forgiveness!  I can’t fathom how You do it, for I am only one man.  You do this for every single person!  The compassion and grace and mercy that flow from You is absolutely amazing and I love You for it!  Thank you so much for forgiving me every time I sin!  You are worthy to be praised!  Amen

Repentance From Unbelievers

Father in heaven,

My heart grieves for those close to me that do not want to know You.  They are lost souls wandering wherever the devil takes them.  They are fulfilling their own desires of the flesh instead of yearning for the life that You give.  Father, use me or anyone that You please to show Christ-like love to them.  Father, I love these men and women and to think of them in eternal torment is tormenting me!  I pray that the seeds that are planted in them Lord will be grown by You.  You make miracles happen every day and I pray that You make one today in the lives of the lost.  I praise Your Holy Name!  Amen

Forgiveness For Children


Just as Job continually offered burnt offerings to you for the forgiveness of his children, (Job 1:5) I am praying for the forgiveness of mine.  Lord, only You know what they have done.  If they have sinned against You I pray that You would forgive them.  I pray that they would seek repentance to make things right with You.  Lord, if there is any sin that needs to be forgiven, I pray that You would soften their hearts and bring them safely into Your arms of grace and mercy.  I thank you for Your unlimited love for us!  Amen

Our Leaders

Omnipotent Father,

You are all-powerful!  Even Your thoughts produce action.  I pray for our leaders in the government.  Lord, they also have power, though it is limited.  I pray that they would use their positions wisely, for You are the One who has allowed them to lead us.  We need strong men and women of faith in these kinds of roles.  I pray that our men and women in authority will strive to live godly lives and to repent when necessary.  As in Animal Farm, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  If there is any corruption, I pray that our leaders would repent and ask for forgiveness, so that our country doesn’t fall apart.  I thank you for our leaders and pray for their safety.  I love you Father!  Amen

Our Pastors

Dear Lord,

I pray for pastors around the world.  If there is any un-confessed sin active in their lives, I pray that You would bring them to the deepest valleys if that is what it takes to get them back on the narrow path.  We need strong pastors leading our congregations.  I pray that You would use the people closest to their pastors to keep them accountable, Lord.  Accountability is a must in every Christian’s life.  I thank you for our pastors, Lord, for they have a huge role to play here on earth.  They have many big responsibilities and I am so grateful that they accept the challenges of pastoring.  I love You, Lord!  Amen


Forgiveness is absolutely necessary in a Christian’s walk with the Lord.  “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” (Luke 11:4)  God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

Have you read this other article about prayer?

What Does the Bible Say About Prayer?

Resources –  The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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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?

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.” 

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by Colin (Indiana)

Forgive me father for my sins, for you O Lord are the forgiver of sins. I ask you to help those who are in need, for you O Lord are the caretaker of those less fortunate than I. I ask you to look after those who mistreat me, for you O Lord are merciful to all evil.

I ask you to help those who are sick, for you O Lord are the caretaker of those who are suffering from all illnesses. I ask you to look after those who died in the past, present, and for future generations, for you O Lord are the protector of the dead and the giver of eternal life. From the bottom of my heart to the tip of my tongue, I confess withy mouth.

I accept Jesus as my savior, as he is the savior to everyone. I repent my sins, as I renounce the devil and his works. In your name, I pray. Amen I say to you. Amen.

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What is repentance? The great fathers of the church wrote a lot about how important it is for every person to confess his sins and how the Christian prayer of repentance facilitates the soul.

Repentance is the most important thing for every Christian

Anthony of Sourozh, the Monk Abba Dorotheus, Isaac the Syrian and other holy ascetics in the sermons did not tire of inviting believers to humility and repentance in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ. You can say: “I did not kill anybody, I did not steal – I have nothing to repent of. Others much more than I have sinned, but do not repent. “

The Lord left us the commandment “love one another.” What is Christian love? Many “churched” people say that love is doing good to each other. But what is good? Is it always what we do, meaning how good is good in the Christian and human sense? Alas, sometimes what we presumptuously call good, is the beginning of a great disaster or the reason for the villainy. This is clearly seen on the example of parenting.prayers for repentance and forgiveness

The deceitfulness of the worldly understanding of good deeds and the distorted idea of ​​love

It happens that parents, loving their child, protect him from difficulties, not accustoming to work. It is quite obvious that in this way they prepare a nutrient medium for the development of vices and create prerequisites for the sad future of their child. Is it possible to call such a relationship a child love? A loving parent will find time and opportunity to teach the child to read books. If you read aloud in turn, one paragraph, then the child will be happy to join this lesson. Just do not rush it and interrupt it. It is also delicate to introduce a baby into the world of cooking, handicrafts, crafts, etc.

There is another extreme. These are the cases when parents scold for the slightest oversights of even very young children. As a rule, behind the harsh and demanding attitude towards the child is hiding annoyance and annoyance at the fact that there is no possibility to live only for oneself. In the worst case, a severe attitude towards the baby is the projection of his attitude towards all people. In this situation, love has also long been transformed into other feelings. On the example of the same reading, it’s easy to see whether the child’s parent is in love or not.

The loss of love is a misfortune in which man himself is guilty.

The loss of the ability to love is a great sin, requiring repentance

How does the prayer of repentance relate to the examples described above? The most direct. We all want to have good relations with our children, we want them to love us, so that we can trust them, and they trust us, we want that from the very birth of our children and until our death we had warm relations, mutual understanding , trust, respect, care and friendship. All these definitions can be combined and called one common word – love. Yes, yes, we all want love, for so is established by the commandment given by God. The Lord has given us the will. He placed man above all creatures on earth, for he allowed decisions and made choices.

Not being able to dispose of the multitude of possibilities we, believing that the love given to us two thousand years ago, a priori, to violate her. Making a choice, we are torn between friends, spouse, children, parents. Not meeting the expected reaction, we are offended, disappointed, angry and depressed. We forget that friends, parents, children and spouses are in the same position as ourselves. They are not gods, and the same restless souls like you and me. Our prayer of repentance is the cry of the soul who have lost touch with God. Focusing on the mundane, we emptied our souls. “If I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a sounding cymbal”. These words are known to many. They are taken from the first Apostolic letter of Paul to the Corinthians. To know we know, but not feel. Further in this same letter, we explain what love is like it is.

“Love is long-suffering, merciful, love does not envy, love does not boast, it is not proud. Do not be rude, do not seek your own, do not get irritated, do not think evil.
  He does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Everything covers, believes everything, believes everything, tolerates everything. “

So the Lord loves us. And do we love anyone at least a little as much as God loves us? Hardly. Such love is peculiar to a person while he is a child. Over the years, we lose the ability to love so much.prayers for repentance and forgiveness

How should I repent?

Prayer of repentance to Jesus Christ asking to forgive all sins – intentional and unintentional. That prayer had the power, you should examine their life analytically unthink about what the face of God we did not. Saying “I repent that snapped at Ivan Ivanovich”, think and remember what made you not this behavior. Try to spin a ball, doskias to the root cause. Do focus on your personal involvement. Mentally communicating with God, do not shift the blame on other people. Because in your heart you know that blame themselves. Mutual love with all people is possible only after acceptance in your heart of love for God.

Why, after reading the penitential prayer, do some see no change in their lives?

A wise, full of divine love and mercy, the people argue so: “the Prayer of repentance and forgiveness are one and the same and the same. Ispovedoval and confessing their sins before God, we receive His forgiveness”. Perhaps this is the case. But why in this case, troubles are all the same do not depart for good? Perhaps because the repentance must be active, i.e. must be evidenced by some acts, besides prayer?

Russian monarchs always bowed their heads before the Lord

Even Russian tsars, the anointed of God, from time to time retired in monasteries, where under the guidance of a confessor, they were given the sacrament of confession and repentance. The prayer of repentance has great power. Completed with complete destruction of the heart, it transforms a person’s personality, changes his mentality. Confession of sins is a difficult matter. Repenting, revealing their sin is shameful and scary. Pride does not allow you to admit weaknesses, but everyone has pride. Without prayer work on the person, it grows like a cancerous tumor and strikes the mind with metastases. It is these hopelessly spiritually sick people who say with a skeptical tone: “Prayer, sins, repentance – this is only idle or stupid”.

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Sinned – repented. It’s so easy

There is an atheist and another stereotype concerning believers. “Everything is simple with you: sinned – repented. We can assume that there was nothing. ” They believe that the prayer of repentance and forgiveness spoken out loud or to themselves acts like the “Sesame, reveal!” Spell in the fairy tale about Ali Baba and the forty robbers. This can be heard even from fully educated people.

How does repentance, brought to God, appear in real life?

Repentance overturns a person’s consciousness so much that he no longer repeats the sin in which he repents. This is not because he is ashamed or afraid of a priest who scolds him at the next confession and calls him a weakling who has not managed to cope with himself. Not at all. The prayer of repentance to Jesus Christ really has sacred properties. This is confirmed by the following experiment. To carry out the experiment, two vessels with clean water were taken. On one was read a prayer to Jesus Christ, the Theotokos or the saint, and over the other the names of famous villains were pronounced. The ice crystals in the first case turned out to be very beautiful, symmetrical, and in the second they acquired the appearance of piles of ugly broken pieces.

prayers for repentance and forgiveness

Short prayer of great strength

A simple and short prayer of repentance, consisting of four words: “Lord, forgive me, a sinner,” has tremendous power. The Lord hears her. He reads in the heart of a person how sincere his conversion is, and decides what kind of transformation of his personality and destiny a person can take.

Very often a small sin becomes a big lesson. Man, having sinned in a small and having suffered in this occasion from remorse, appeals to God for forgiveness. Such a prayer of repentance to the Lord takes great trouble, just as unrepentant sin always leads to even greater. This usually happens to children.

Adults prayer of repentance to Jesus Christ often pronounced formally, without a strong contrition of the heart. For this reason, they are not able to feel the full force of her actions, even though formal prayer is always audible Lord and receives a response. In addition, many adults have little trust in the Providence of the Creator and stubbornly dictate to Him his vision of a happy life.prayers for repentance and forgiveness

Is there a better prayer for a specific problem?

We ask friends, who knows the most effective prayer for all occasions? What is the Akathist image to get an “excellent” score on the exam? Which of the saints will help solve housing problems? Who will attract buyers to the unprofitable store? What holy will heal from the disease? The best prayer is repentance in pride. An adult, without noticing it, is rarely able to critically and objectively evaluate his life. He sees many things in a distorted way. What causes his joy and pride, sometimes is not expensive in the eyes of the Creator, and what he did is almost mechanically, without giving much importance, becomes that “crust of bread of the publican”, which saved his soul from eternal suffering.

How to prepare for confession and repentance?

Prayer before repentance is important. Before confession, read the “our father”, “hail Mary”, “King of heaven”, the “Symbol of Faith”. Say these prayers in order to tune in to a conversation with God, to turn away from everyday worries and think about what thought, what care you want to convey to the Father in Heaven.

prayers for repentance and forgiveness

If it is difficult and terrible to get down to God, ask for strength and determination from the Blessed Virgin. The prayer of repentance of the Mother of God is no less effective than the prayer addressed to Jesus Christ.

Learn to seek and find the Image of the Creator in His creations, and then your soul will become happy and calm, and peace, love and grace will reign in your home.


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