Prayer is the place to start when looking for restoration and healing, whether we are asking God to help us through prayers for forgiveness of others and ourselves for our transgressions.
Let’s Pray with Faith, Prayers for Forgiveness of Others and Ourselves
The prayers listed below can help direct your words and thoughts as you ask for forgiveness or assistance in forgiving others. To ask for forgiveness is a big step, and you have done so with courage and faith!
You might want to take some time to reflect on what God requires of us concerning forgiveness and why it’s so important to be able to forgive before we jump into specific prayers for forgiveness. What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness? can be found in our article. As you seek God’s love and grace, you can download a lovely PDF version of these prayers that we have also read if drop us a comment.
An Affirmation to Aid in Forgiving Others
Only you, Father, know the extent to which this person’s actions have wounded me. I don’t want to endure this suffering any longer. I don’t want to have a sour disposition. But in order to let go of my hurt and forgive those who have hurt me, I need your grace and the power of the cross. The pivotal moment is at hand. I need to first feel your forgiveness. You are aware of all the ways I have wronged people, and I sincerely apologize. Jesus, I appreciate you dying for me. I accept your forgiveness and grace, and I depend on them every day. I’m choosing to forgive as you have forgiven me today as I turn to you. I will continue to forgive that person whenever the memory resurfaces until the hurt has subsided. Give me your grace to heal my heart. The name of Jesus. Amen.
Asking God to pardon your sins
Even though I urge you to pray this prayer, I want to admonish you that reciting words won’t be enough to save you. Not even prayer can save. Only Christ can save. However, a true saving faith in the Lord can be expressed through prayer. Christ will save you if you say these words in prayer with faith. Of that, you can be certain.
Lord Jesus, I’ve neglected you in my life for far too long. I am aware of my sinfulness and my need for salvation. I won’t shut the door when I hear you knocking any longer. I humbly accept your gift of salvation through faith. I’m willing to put my faith in you as my Lord and Savior. Lord Jesus, I appreciate your visit to our planet. I believe you to be the God-bearing Son who underwent the atoning death on the cross for my sins and the third-day resurrection. I’m grateful that you took on my sins and gave me the gift of eternal life. I think what you say is accurate. Lord Jesus, enter my heart and become my Savior. Amen.
If you have sincerely prayed this prayer, you might wish to add your initials and the date today to the prayer as a reminder that you have done so in faith, receiving Him as your Lord and Savior.
Prayer for Others’ Forgiveness
Lord of Mercies, I’m grateful for your gift of mercy. Your One and Only Son loved me so much that He underwent the most agonizing suffering on earth so that I would be pardoned. Despite my shortcomings and failures, Your mercy is extended to me. “Clothe yourselves in love, which links us all together in perfect harmony,” Your Word commands us to do. (Col. 3:14) Today, please help me to love everyone, including those who have injured me.
Even though I feel damaged, I realize that I don’t have to let my feelings dictate how I behave. May Your kind words fill my head and guide my thoughts, Lord. Help me let go of the pain so that I can start to love as Jesus does. I want to look at my offender through the eyes of my Christ. He can be pardoned if I can. I am aware that your love knows no boundaries. Since we are all your offspring, you don’t want any of us to die.
We learn from you to “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.” (Col. 3:15) Allow the Holy Spirit to bring peace to my heart when I verbally forgive. I ask that this Jesus-only serenity prevails in my heart, squelching all doubt and inquiries. And most importantly, I’m grateful. Every day, not just today or this week. I appreciate the advice to “Always be thankful.” (Col. 3:15) I can become closer to you and let go of my grudges if I’m grateful. I am thankful that I can now see the person who hurt me as a son or daughter of the Highest God. cherished and welcomed. Please guide me toward the empathy that comes with genuine forgiveness.
And when I see the offender, please remind me of this prayer so I can take any evil thoughts captive and subdue them to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) And may the assurance of Christ in my heart lead me to forgiveness’s release. I thank you for your efforts in helping me grow in my faith and for teaching me about it. Amen, in the name of Jesus.
Praying for a Forgiven Heart
Father in heaven, Create in me a clean heart, O God. Let those words from Psalm 51 be the cry of my heart today. Rekindle in me a sense of loyalty. I will ask for your pardon when I feel constrained by sin in my life in order to gain freedom.
Please pardon me for letting sin rule my life. I appreciate your pledge to “not reject a shattered and repentant heart.” You forgave me by sending your son Jesus to the cross to die in place of my sins. I thank you for that wonderful present! I turn from sin and bring my brokenness before you in this prayer of repentance, Lord. I appreciate you making me whole once more. I ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.
A Confessional Prayer
Dear Lord, I appreciate your mercy. We appreciate your reaching out to us rather than leaving us to face the consequences of our errors. Convince me of my sin so that I can freely accept your mercy. I appreciate all the love you have shown me and your other children. Today, please help me to act on that love. In the name of Jesus. Amen. Mr. Okwuru Charles U.
Praying for forgiveness When Memories Fail
Oh, God, how we deserve no part of your mercy. We sin every day, falling short of what you have for us. While we are undeserving of your mercy, you extend it to us fresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
Thank you, Lord, that when we confess our sins and beg for pardon, you no longer remember them. Hebrews 12:8 Lord, even though we may never stop remembering and feeling harmed, you have shown us the best example of forgiveness. You sent your son to live on the same planet as us, to suffer the same betrayal and pain, but He decided to show forgiveness.
Please assist us in imitating Jesus’ example. Remind us that prayer is one of our most powerful weapons and that by persistently asking for forgiveness for those who have wronged us, you will start to soften our hearts.
the brevity of the forgiveness prayer
Please, Lord, I’m grateful for the ability to forgive, and I’ve made the decision to do so for everyone who has wronged me. Help me set free and release to You [name someone who has wronged you] [Romans 12:19]. [Romans 12:14] Please help me to bless those who have harmed me. Help me reflect on Your life on earth by walking in justice, peace, and joy. I decide to act with kindness and compassion, pardoning others as You pardoned me (Ephesians 4:32). In Jesus”””’ name. Amen.
Brief Self-Forgiveness Prayer
Father, I beg your pardon for all the hurtful and disparaging things I have said about myself today. I don’t want to hurt myself like that ever again. Change my perspectives so I may see how wonderfully you created me. Alter your behavior so you speak words of hope and favor over your life. The name of Jesus. Amen.
A Request for Forgiveness
Father, You have fashioned this day, and we will rejoice and be glad in it. Father, we do not have access to anyone’s heart; only you do. It is not in our hands to judge others, and it should not be listed on our resumes. Please teach us how to be merciful in Christ as we seek You more and more each day in prayer and in Your Word. Free us from the habit of keeping a log of wrongs and people to blame.
Instead of becoming people who make others feel ashamed, let us show them how to find freedom in Christ. We want Your light, Your grace, and Your love to shine through in everything we do. In the name of Jesus. Amen
A Prayer for Mercy for the Rude Person in Your Life
Lord, you are aware of the pain that the treatment of me has caused me. I’m so fed up and tired of having to put up with the pain she’s inflicting on me. Lord, you are aware of her heart. And I’m aware that every time I criticize her or lose patience with her, I’m also criticizing my lack of perfect kindness. Lord, please pardon me! Help me to recognize my sin. Help me to treat her nicely even when she treats me badly. Please assist me in showing her respect and hospitality. Lord, please help me to see her as you do. Will you also convict her heart, Father? Will you gradually change her to reflect your likeness? Can you help her understand the effects of her actions? Lord, I now release this connection to you. Please take my pain close to your heart and assist me in learning to be nice without needing her assistance. Amen, I pray in your name. Amen.
A plea for the regret of harsh words
Father, Your Word has much to say against the sin of rage, yet we frequently succumb to this temptation when our selfishness is pressed. I regret not putting those created in Your image above myself and allowing my words to hurt others who have been made in Your image.
In my marriage, this is particularly true. By yelling and interjecting throughout our arguments, I have let my pride cause me to lose control of my wrath. Help me to practice Your wisdom of speaking slowly and listening quickly so that I don’t act unrighteously against my husband and my fellow Christians out of wrath. I’m grateful to the Holy Spirit for giving me the grace to walk more like Christ. In the name of Jesus. Amen
A Prayer for Guilt-Freedom
Father in heaven, You pardoned me for my previous sins when I devoted my life to Your Son Jesus and asked Him to reside in my heart. Although I am appreciative of their forgiveness, occasionally those memories come back. I struggle to forgive myself because I feel bad about any harm I may have done.
You “removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west,” according to Your Word, Lord. (NLT) Psalm 103:12 When guilt holds me tied to the issues from my past, please help me to remember this fact. Please help me to realize that I am a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). You got rid of the old and gave me something fresh. I thank you for your wonderful presentation.
I will seek guidance from Your Word as I navigate today and all the days that lie ahead of me, putting my attention on spreading the good news of Jesus’ atoning love. I choose to accept freedom through Christ rather than continue to be bound to the person I used to be. I now decide to extend the grace you extended to others. I appreciate your boundless mercy. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer to Demonstrate God’s Compassion to Others
I thank you, Almighty Father, for your abundant mercy. I’m grateful that you sent your Son, Jesus, to the cross to pay the price for my sins. I appreciate you giving me the gift of eternal life and illuminating my heart with your light. I thank you for your unwavering affection and loyalty toward me.
Lord, pardon me for the numerous times I’ve prayed to you while overlooking the mercy you’ve already shown me. Restore a sincere sense of thanks for Christ’s pardon in my heart.
Please pardon me for all the times I’ve failed to show people mercy and tolerance. Would you change my heart so that I would become more like you? Lord, grant me the wisdom I need to view the individuals in my life from your perspective. Fill my heart with your compassion so that I can share it with others today. Lead me along the path of serenity.
A Prayer for Relationship Peace
Please, Lord, We are grateful for a caring and merciful God. I appreciate how you show others how to live and behave in harmony and forgiveness. I eagerly await chances to coexist peacefully with everyone. I chose to follow your path even though the world may have taught me to carry grudges. Lord, search my heart and reveal to me everyone I could harbor resentment for.
I pray for guidance on how to build peace and live without resentment. Give me a compassionate heart for people I don’t understand, and guide me as I always walk in your love. Please assist me in doing my part to promote world peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Prayer for Sin Awareness
Please keep reminding me, Father, of the price You paid to atone for my sin. Thank You for paying the price for our freedom and forgiveness by dying on the cross. When I sin, please convict me right away. Give me the fortitude and resolve to confront and abhor the sin in my life. I pray in Your name and for Your honor. Amen
Forgiveness Verses in the Bible
Matt. 6:14–15 And if you extend forgiveness to others when they transgress against you, your heavenly Father will do the same for you. Yet, your Father won’t pardon your crimes if you don’t pardon others for their transgressions.
According to 1 John 1:9, if we admit our mistakes, he is trustworthy and righteous and will absolve us of every wrongdoing.
Isaiah 1:18 – The LORD says, “Come now, let us settle the matter.” “Even though your sins are red as crimson, they will be like wool; even though they are as white as snow.
Micah 7:18-19 – Who is a God like you who forgives sin and the disobedience of the remaining members of his inheritance? You don’t stay furious forever; you enjoy being merciful. You’ll feel pity for us once more; you’ll sweep our transgressions under the rug and cast all of our misdeeds into the ocean’s depths.
And as you are kneeling in prayer, if you have anything against anyone, forgive them so that your heavenly Father may pardon your sins, according to Mark 11:25.
If any of you have a grudge against someone, be patient with one another and be kind to one another, according to Colossians 3:13. Pardon as the Lord pardoned you.
Get rid of all bitterness, fury, and indignation, fighting and slander, as well as any other form of malice, according to Ephesians 4:31–32. Be kind and compassionate to one another, and extend forgiveness to one another just as God did to you through Christ.
Luke 17:3–4 warns us to be on the lookout. “If your sibling commits a sin against you, correct them; if they turn around, pardon them. You must forgive them even if they commit seven offenses against you in one day and return to you seven times saying, “I repent.”
More Scriptures on forgiveness can be found at BibleGateWay
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