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14 Prayers for Forgiveness of Sins and Others

1. Have Mercy Prayer

Everlasting Father, thank you that you are merciful and forgiving to your people, even though we have rebelled against you. Many times I have turned away from you to try and rule over my own life. I have sinned in thought, word and deed but your mercy is greater than my sin. Your love is bigger than my rebellion. You have said that my faith will never be put to shame when my trust is in you. Forgive me Lord, and guide my words, thoughts and deeds today that I may live in a way that glorifies you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

2. Confession Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for helping me find complete forgiveness in you. I confess that I have looked elsewhere for the satisfaction that only you can provide. I confess that I have failed to love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I confess I have failed to love others and have acted selfishly. I confess that I have not displayed your love to those around me. I repent and ask you for forgiveness. My failures, selfishness and pride have been forgiven through your death on the cross. Empower me to change Lord and live more like you. In your powerful name. Amen.

3. Forgive My Sin Prayer

Loving Father, thank you that you have forgiven my sin at the cross. You have promised that my transgressions will be removed as far as the east is from the west. As I reflect on the many ways I have failed to do the right thing, I come to you in repentance and faith, trusting that all my sins have been washed away by Jesus’ blood. Give me assurance that I am clothed in your righteousness and that I am blameless before you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

4. Repentance Prayer

Lord God, I have sinned against you and have done evil in your sight. I am sorry and repent. Have mercy on me according to your love. Wash away my wrongdoing and cleanse me from my sin. Renew a right heart within me and fill me with the joy of your salvation. You are the Father of all mercy, forgive my sin and restore me in your image, to the praise and glory of your name. Hear my prayer, O Lord, my God. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

5. Redemption and Mercy Prayer

Lord, my Rock and Redeemer, thank you that you are faithful to fulfill all your promises. Your word says that, in Jesus, I have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of your grace. Thank you that all my sins have been forgiven and that all my failures have been redeemed. Remind me that your mercy is new every morning and teach me to rely on that mercy. Although my sin and shame are deep, your grace is much deeper. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

6. Purify Me Prayer

Faithful Father, you are the God who redeems and rescues his people. When I am overwhelmed with shame, help me look to you. You have said that you will settle the matter – though my sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Remind me that I have been purified by you, the curse of sin no longer has any hold on me. Though I stumble, you do not fail to forgive. May my life be filled with praise to you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

7. Deliver Me from Judgement Prayer

O Lord my God, in my sin I have avoided your call and command. My love for you is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Have mercy on me; deliver me from judgment; bind up my wounds and revive me. You are the almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners. Hear my prayer of confession and bring me your pardon and peace, now and forever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

8. Pardon My Sin Prayer

Mighty God, there is no god like you. You pardon sin and forgive the transgressions of your people. You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on me; you will tread my sins under your feet and will hurl all my iniquities into the depths of the sea. I do not deserve your love but you give it freely, as a gift of your grace. May I find rest, free from accusation and condemnation in your arms. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

9. Transform My Heart Prayer

Most merciful God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that I have sinned in thought, word and deed. I have not loved you with my whole heart and I have not loved my neighbor as myself. I have ignored your commands and rejected your love. In your mercy, please forgive me and transform my heart. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to imitate Christ. Help me to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, my God. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

10. Forgive My Transgressions Prayer

Holy Lord, I can not count the number of times I have failed and sinned against you and against others. Although there is a long list of accusations against me, I praise you that every item on that list can be forgiven through the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross. My transgressions will not stand against me, for all of them have been laid on Christ. Help me to subdue my sin, and grant me the grace to live a life worthy of you. Rule over me as my loving and gracious king. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

11. Forgive and Restore Me Prayer

Eternal Father, I often wander away and stray from your ways like a lost sheep. I have followed the desires of my own heart. I have left undone those things that I should have done; and I have done those things that I should not have done. But you, O Lord of mercy, are the Good Shepherd who pursues lost sheep. Forgive and restore me, according to your promises which never fail. Help me to live a righteous and godly life, to the glory of your holy name. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

12. New Life Prayer

Almighty God, thank you that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. I confess to you with my whole heart that I have neglected and forgotten your commandments. My actions, words and thoughts have hurt others. O God, forgive me and raise me to newness of life through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Almighty God, have mercy on me, forgive my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

13. New Creation Prayer

Creator God, I thank you that, in Christ, I am a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here. My sin is gone and I have been made righteous. My weakness is gone and I have been given your strength. My shame has gone and I have been given your joy. My chains are gone and my heart has been set free! In your great mercy, you have given me a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Let my mouth be filled with praise to you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

14. Grace Alone Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that, even though I have wandered away from you, you have pursued me. You left the riches of heaven to seek me out. You paid the cost that my sin deserved. By your blood, I have redemption and salvation. You died in my place and I receive your righteousness. In your resurrection, I receive newness of life, through grace and grace alone. Awaken my sleeping soul. Shine your light of love into my heart. Help me to run my race by putting my faith in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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