9 Powerful Prayers Asking for Forgiveness

As sinners, there are many things that we need to seek forgiveness for. Whether it is a trespass on our fellow person or a violation of the Lord’s commands, these prayers asking for forgiveness will encourage you to get your heart back in the right place and seek a path of redemption and righteousness in the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. 1 John 1:9

Oh Father, I confess my sins before You today because Your word says that You are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I know that I have let You down by giving in to the desires of my flesh and by living outside of Your will for me, but I come to You knowing that You can forgive me and cleanse me from all of my wrongs, Amen.

2. Psalm 103:10-14

God of Peace, I am eternally grateful because You have not punished me as I deserve for all of my sins, for Your mercy toward those who fear and honor You is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. I thank You because You have removed my sins as far away from me as the east is from the west. You are like a Father to me, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence You, Amen.

3. Luke 23:34

God of Wisdom, as Your Son hung on the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Lord, I pray that You forgive me too for my wrongdoings, for I now know where I have gone wrong. Lord, You sent Your Son so that I could be free from sin and reunited with You. I know that You will forgive me as I repent for my sins because You are my merciful God whom I adore, Amen.

4. Hebrews 8:12 & Romans 5:8

Eternal Father, Your word states that You will forgive me of my wickedness and will remember my sins no more! Thank You for Your mercy towards me because it is through Your grace and mercy that my sins have been washed away! You remember my sins no more because You demonstrate Your love for me. While I was still a sinner, Your love surrounded and continues to surround me, Amen.

5. Mark 11:25

Righteous Lord, I pray that whenever I lift my voice to You, I do so without any grudges or bitterness in my heart. I pray that I forgive if I have anything against anyone, so that You who is in heaven may forgive me of my trespasses. Thank You for Your forgiveness. Your mercies towards me have allowed me to extend this to those around me, let my behavior reflect You at all times, Amen.

6. Matthew 5:39-41

Holy Father, You tell me not to resist an evil person. If someone slaps me on my right cheek, I know that I must turn to him the other also. If someone wants to sue me and take my shirt, I will let him have my coat as well. If someone forces me to go one mile, I will go with him two. Lord, I pray that You soften my heart so that I can forgive with ease like You do, Amen.

7. Psalm 32:5

Eternal Savior, I acknowledge my sin to You today and I will no longer cover up my iniquity. The enemy wants to use my sins and shame to keep me away from You, but I will confess my transgressions to You, and I know that You will forgive the guilt of my sin. Thank You for Your divine forgiveness that comes only from You! Thank You for getting rid of the shame that the enemy wants me to feel trapped in. There is none like You, Lord, Amen.

8. Psalm 79:9 & Psalm 130:4

Help me, God my Savior, for the glory of Your name, deliver me and forgive me for my sins for Your name’s sake. Lord, I pray that You remove my guilt and wipe away my sins so that I can draw closer to You. With You there is forgiveness so that I can, with reverence, serve You. I praise You for forgiving me for my sins even though I do not deserve it! Thank You for loving me unconditionally, Amen!

9. Matthew 26:28

God of Grace, You poured out Your blood of the covenant for many for the forgiveness of sins. You sacrificed Your only begotten Son so that I may not perish but have everlasting life! Lord, I offer my praises to You for You are my Good Father. You continue to forgive me for my mistakes and have judged me justly. Thank You for being merciful towards me when I have strayed from You and yielded to the desires of my flesh, Amen.

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“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” Saint Augustine of Hippo

Disclaimer: Prayer is not magic. God indeed answers prayers but sometimes His answer is either No or Not Now. Don't be discouraged when your prayers are not met immediately or even later. Keep trusting God who is good all the time. Thank you.

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