Our God is a merciful father, he is always willing to forgive our sins if we sincerely come to him in prayers. The Bible teaches us to forgive those who have offended us, so that our father in heaven can forgive us too.
Whether we are seeking forgiveness for our own sins or asking God to help us forgive others, we have gathered sample forgiveness prayers for you.
Below, you will find prayers for forgiveness, these prayers will help guide you to ask for God’s mercy when you fail to keep his commandments, forgive yourself and others who have wronged you.
Powerful Prayers for Forgiveness
Prayer for Forgiveness of Sins
Prayer for Forgiveness and Deliverance
A Child’s Prayer for Forgiveness
Dear Lord Jesus, I am sorry that I have been naughty and disobeyed my parents. I know I should listen to them but sometimes I don’t want to and then I get into trouble. I don’t want to disobey, but sometimes I do and I know that it makes them mad, and then they are mad with me and I am mad back at them.
Dear Jesus, please forgive me for disobeying and help me to listen to my parents next time and to do what they tell me to do. Thank You that even when I am naughty You still love me, even though I know that it makes You very sad, when I don’t do as I am told to do.
Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me on the cross and thank You for taking the punishment for my sins when I am naughty. Thank You, that You rose back to life again and went to heaven so that I can be forgiven and go to heaven too. Thank You, that you never stop loving me even when I do disobey and help me to be good in the future. Thank You Jesus, Amen.
Prayer for Forgiveness of Others
Father, there are certain things that have recently happened to me that have been so painful that I am finding it quite difficult to forgive others, and yet I know that this is Your will for each one of Your children. I know that forgiving others in our hearts has a beautiful secondary function, of opening up our hearts and lives to Your warming love and perfect peace.
Lord, I want to forgive others, but there seems to be a sort of blockage that is causing me to hold fast to my anger and hurt. Please Father God, in Your goodness and grace, would You please help me to forgive fully, freely and forever so that I may be released from this sharp pain of unforgiveness, which seems to be holding my heart in an icy, iron grip.
Lord, You have promised in Your Word that Your grace is sufficient for every trial and each difficulty in life, and I trust that this means that Your grace is sufficient to bring me to that point of genuine and gracious forgiveness. And so I cast this unforgiveness at Your feet and pray that You would forgive me for holding onto my unforgiving heart for so long, knowing that in Christ Jesus You have forgiven me so much. Thank You, Lord, for dying on the cross for me and for forgiving all my sins. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient for me. In Jesus’ name I pray,
Forgiveness Prayer From A Guilty Sinner
Father God, thank You that You are the One that pardons guilty sinners, like me who are unworthy to so much as approach Your perfect righteousness. By rights, I should be excluded from Your presence forever, for I am guilty of so many of my sins and should stand condemned and exposed before You, who is a perfect and holy God. And yet in Your grace and mercy, You reached down from heaven to save a guilty sinner and sent Jesus to die on the cross so that by believing on Him, I would not perish but have everlasting life.
Thank You, Lord, for Jesus, Thank You for dying on the cross and shedding Your blood for me. In Jesus’ name,
Prayer To Forgive Yourself
Anglican Prayer for Forgiveness
Prayer To Implore Forgiveness And Mercy
O Lord God almighty, Who pardons guilty men and has no pleasure in the death of a sinner: to you, O Lord, I stretch forth the hands of my heart and I implore of you forgiveness for all my unlawful deeds, albeit unworthy. I ask you to keep my mind from the operations of the enemy, my eyes that they do not look incontinently, my ears that they do not listen to vanities, my hands from the service of hateful things, and my reins that they be moved in you, so that I may be entirely yours. And grant unto me the gift of your divine mysteries, O Christ our Lord and our God, forever.
Catholic Prayer for Forgiveness and Penance
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong,
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should
love above all things.I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more,
and avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In His name, my God, have mercy.
Sincere Prayer for Forgiveness of Sins
Father, the weight of my sins weigh heavily on my conscience and I know that there is no righteousness in me. I come to You pleading for Your great mercy, and repent of all the many sins that I have committed against You so grievously. Lord, I confess that in my pride and arrogance I even joked about Your existence and blasphemed You in word and deed, and yet I discover that You sent Your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only acceptable sacrifice that could pay the price for my sins.
Lord, I kneel before You broken in heart for the wrong that I have done against You, and beg for Your grace and mercy on a pitiful sinner, who has come to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that He is my Saviour and Redeemer. Wash away all my sins I pray, and cleanse both my mouth and my thoughts from the filth that has poured fourth from my blackened heart. Lord, I come in humility of heart and brokenness of spirit, and pray and thank You that in Your mercy You sent Jesus to be the price for my sins. Thank You for Your promise that all who believe on Him would not perish but have their sins forgiven and receive the free gift of eternal life. Thank You, that I have been saved by Your grace, simply by trusting in the blood of Christ, in Whose name I pray,