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!
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
Matthew West – Forgiveness (Official Lyric Video) from matthew-west on GodTube.
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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The best remorse is a life well lived.
When we want to pray for forgiveness it usefully means that we feel that we have done something wrong and we are asking God (or a higher power of some kind) to forgive us for what we did. If we feel guilty or ashamed for something we have done it is obviously good to do something about that and not just stay stuck in feeling bad.
Prayer is obviously a form of asking. What better way to “ask” for forgiveness than to offer it to others? We can use The Four Steps to Forgiveness to forgive others and that in effect is a form of prayer, and invocation, a request, to have more forgiveness in our lives – in other words to have forgiveness for ourselves too.
When we feel we need to be forgiven we feel pain. The pain usually takes the form of feeling guilty (guilt is a feeling of, “I did something bad”) and/or feeling shame (shame is a feeling of, “I am bad”). Guilt is usually about how we feel about what we did; shame is usually about how we feel about ourselves. They often go together, but there are very different feelings. With guilt we are down on what we did; with shame we are down on ourselves.
Rather than being caught in our own pain we can break out of it be asking ourselves, “Who do I need to forgive?”. Then start using The Four Steps to Forgiveness to do exactly that. This may not look like a prayer for Forgiveness, but is certainly is as we will receive as we give. Can we really expect to be forgiven when we are still holding on to old grudges and resentments from who knows how long ago? A farmer does not just pray for healthy crops he/she does the work to clear the ground and plant the seeds too. Working on forgiving others (and it is work) gets things ready. It also helps us feel a whole lot better about ourselves.
Through using the The Four Steps to Forgiveness we also discover how to forgive ourselves. Do we need to forgive ourselves? Of course we do. If we judge our behaviour as “bad” or “wrong” then we need to forgive ourselves.
Forgiving ourselves is vitally important. Usually when we make a mistake and hurt another it because if we became too self-centred and got too caught up in our own feelings to be aware of the harm that we were doing. If we realise we made a mistake, and then fill our mind with self-judgment or self-condemnation this is just another way of being too caught up in our own feelings. This makes it more likely that we will do the same, or similar, things again.
We need to break the habit of being too self-absorbed. One way to do that, ironically, is by forgiving ourselves. It may seem like self forgiveness could be a self-centred thing to do. However, when we use The Four Steps to Forgiveness for this we discover that self forgiveness is a very unselfish thing to do. Everyone around us benefits as we learn to forgive ourselves. For one thing we become a much kinder person and much easier to be around. Does that benefit those close to us? Of course, it does.
Remorse and Making Amends
Remorse is good if it leads us to make amends for what a wrong we did. However, if we are simply stuck in feeling bad and berating ourselves in useless ways this does not benefit anyone. Some people feel that they need to punish themselves as a way of expressing remorse. However, this usually hurts the people around them (who also have to suffer the guilty person’s painful feelings in some way either by their withdrawal, or their acting out their distress) and does no good at all to the person they have harmed.
It is better to make amends, if that is possible and reasonable, in direct ways. Otherwise it is better to make amends by doing specific acts to help others, preferably anonymously. However, to paraphrase an old saying: The best remorse is a life well lived. Sometimes the only remedy available to us is to lead a good and decent as best we can from now on. For some things there is no way to make amends and if we are genuinely sorry then we need to make leading a good life as our number one priority.
As we learn to forgive others and learn to forgive ourselves we reach a deeper understanding of forgiveness than we had before. We may still want to say specific forms of prayer for forgiveness and that is well and good. However, our prayers will be much more effective and much more powerful if we have prepared the ground. Forgiving others and forgiving ourselves, by using The Four Steps to Forgiveness, clears they way for us to be able to receive God’s blessing by removing the spiritual clutter of unforgiveness that has been getting in the way.
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