Prayers For Forgiveness of Sins

We have collected some of the best prayers for Forgiveness of Sins to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith.

Forgiveness is the mental, emotional, and spiritual process of letting go of resentment, indignation, or anger against another person for a perceived offense, difference, or mistake.

The world’s religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for varying modern day traditions and practices. Additionally, science is beginning to study concepts of forgiveness. Psychology, sociology, and medicine are among those scientific disciplines researching forgiveness and its impact on human wellness

Main Articles: Forgiveness as A Virtue and What Is Forgiveness?

Forgive Me


There are no words to express how filthy I feel every time I break Your heart.  The guilt and the shame are overwhelming!  Lord, I need Your touch right now.  I am so sick of being “born again” and still doing the things I hate doing.  Like Paul, I am conflicted.  “For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing that I hate.” (Romans 7:15) I am so sorry!  Father, I ask for Your forgiveness right now.  I am shocked that my life has come to a point where even some sins don’t affect me at all.  Father, I have some hard layers on my heart that need peeling.  Please give me a 100% heart of flesh.  The hardness is a barrier between us that I can’t stand!  I love You and I am so regrettably sorry for my selfish actions.  Thank You for Your forgiveness, Lord.  Without forgiveness I am nothing.  With Your forgiveness I am whole again.  I praise Your Name!  Amen



Forgive Us Our Debt

God casts our sins into the depths of the sea when He forgives us. He puts them so far out of His sight that He never sees them again. Of course, the Lord does not actually forget our sins. If we remember the sins committed against us, how can the omniscient Lord not recall our transgressions of His law? Micah only means that God no longer holds our sins against us when He forgives us. He never again counts them against our standing before Him.

The forgiveness of sins is one of the greatest gifts possible.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” 

Act of Contrition

O my God,

I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins because
I dread the loss of heaven and
the pains of hell, but most of
all because they offend Thee,
my God, Who art all good and
deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help
of Thy grace, to confess my sins,
to do penance, and to amend my life.

Muslim Prayer For Forgiveness

“Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith.” The Qur’an – 2:286

Rabbana la tu’a-khidhna in-nasina aw akta’na, Rabbana wa la tahmil ‘alaiyna isran kama hamaltahu ‘alal-ladheena min qablina.  Rabbana wala tuham-milna mala taqata-lana beh.  Wa’fu-‘anna, waghfir-lana war hamna, Anta maulana fansurna ‘alal qawmil kaafireen

Rabbana la tu’a-khidhna

A Prayer for Forgiveness

Dear God, I’m sorry for my sin. I ______________ (what you did), which was a sin against you, as well as a sin against __________ (who you hurt). Please help me turn from this behavior. I will begin ________________  (how you’ll change) instead of what I have done. Please forgive me and help me to grow in my relationship to you and _________, whom I’ve hurt. Thank you for your love and mercy. Thank you for forgiving me and choosing to forget my sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

— Sue Schlesman

Strength To Forgive Others

Holy Lord,

I can’t seem to shake the harm that’s been done to me off my shoulders.
I am wallowing in the anger I feel.  Lord, I shouldn’t think the vengeful thoughts that I have.
You have called me to forgive every single person that wrongs me.
I need Your strength to overcome these trespasses against me.
Father, I want to forgive these people. Please cast the devil’s evil ways from me.
I want to look at these people and see lost souls that need You.
I want to forgive them completely so that You can use me however You wish, to be Jesus to them.
Father, I am done with holding these grudges!
Forgive me for holding on to them.
I cast this burden at Your throne now.  Do with me as you please Father.
I love You and thank you for Your patience with me.  Amen

Forgiveness For Children


Just as Job continually offered burnt offerings to you for the forgiveness of his children, (Job 1:5) I am praying for the forgiveness of mine.  Lord, only You know what they have done.  If they have sinned against You I pray that You would forgive them.  I pray that they would seek repentance to make things right with You.  Lord, if there is any sin that needs to be forgiven, I pray that You would soften their hearts and bring them safely into Your arms of grace and mercy.  I thank you for Your unlimited love for us!  Amen

Evening Prayer For Forgiveness

Heavenly Father, thank You for bringing me through this day and Lord forgive me for the times when I have wandered outside Your best will for me.. instead of trusting You implicitly.

Thank You that You are such a gracious Shepherd to me and that You come and rescue me even when I lose my way and stray from the path that You have laid out for me.

As I look back over today I know Lord that there were things that I should have said and done differently and times when I reacted in a manner that was not honouring to Your holy name – forgive me I pray but thank You Father that You always faithfully prepared to gently bring me back to Yourself.

Give me a good nights sleep I pray, knowing that there is no condemnation , because I am in Christ and may I wake up in the morning refreshed and ready to do Your will, in Jesus name I pray, Amen

Prayer Of Forgiveness For Abusive Parents

Dear Lord, My childhood was not the happy time that I would have liked it to be and my parents were certainly not the ideal example of parenthood – but Lord I know that in their way they tried to do their best for us, but it always seemed to go sour.

Thank You Lord that in Your grace You lifted me out of this difficult and abusive family life to faith in Jesus – I praise You every day that You found me and brought me into YOUR family.

Lord I bring my parents to You – Life seems to have passed them by and they need to know Jesus as their Saviour. Lord I know that You died for them as well and forgave every sin they have committed, for You are a gracious and loving God and I praise You.. Lord… I too want to forgive them for all that they did to me – I forgive both my parents and thank You that in Your grace You are taking me through a process of healing all the hurt and pain that I had to go through….

Bless them both, dear Lord Jesus, and I pray that both of them will come to know You as their Saviour… in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

A Prayer for Repentance and Forgiveness

Heavenly Father, in your grace and mercy You have provided forgiveness of sins, life and salvation to all whose faith is in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Lead us from the paths of sin to repentance and humility, trusting in Your Word and promises. Bring to repentance all who reject Your Word and Your ways. Protect Your faithful and give them boldness of faith to stand up against the assaults of the devil and this evil world. Give to all believers peace in the promise of life everlasting. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

We ask for Forgiveness

Your death, O Lord, we commemorate, and your resurrection we confess, and your second coming we look for; and we ask of you mercy and compassion and we implore the forgiveness of sins. Your mercies be upon us all.

Implore Forgiveness from You

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. Amen.

Prayer Of Forgiveness For Past Disappointment

Loving Lord, please help me to let go of all the disappointments of the past and to forgive those that have hurt and disappointed me so deeply. Keep me from all bitterness Lord. I know that I am holding resentment in my heart and that this is destructive to my own peace and my relationship with You.

Lord I am finding forgiveness so very difficult –Help me I pray. Lord I know that only in Your strength can I truly forgive those who have hurt me .. in the way that Christ forgives me, I understand that I can only forgive others as I allow the forgiveness of Christ to flow through me. He even said, “Father forgive”, to those that crucified Him on the cross – so help me to forgive in that same way, I pray.

Loving Lord, I know in my heart that forgiveness is a choice that I have to make.. Help me Lord to make the right choice. Help me to choose to let forgiveness flood my heart so that I am not nursing grievances within – so that healing of my own heart can start to take place.

Loving Lord I ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen

Prayer For All Who Struggle With Anger, And Unforgiveness

Loving Father and heavenly Lord I know that prayer is simply the breath of helplessness being nourished on the bosom of the Father. And Lord I come to You lifting up the many men and women that have such a struggle with the bitterness and anger that lurks deep within their soul – and who are helpless to deal with this disease without You Lord.

Father, You alone are the one that can address their need and sever the root of their anger – for it is only as one abides in Christ that the fruit of His Holy Spirit can grow and displace the ugliness of anger and bitterness within.

Bring those that do not know the Lord Jesus as saviour into a saving faith in Him so that they can know that their sins are forgiven forever and that You paid the price of all – and for those that know You as Saviour I pray that they come to understand that it is only as we yield to Your Spirit and admit our inabilities to deal with the fruit of evil in our heart that You will are able to guide us into the paths of righteousness, unforgiveness and love.

“”Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.” (Matthew 6:9)

Prayer Of Forgiveness For A Abusive Father

Loving Father God, I come to You today to lift up my father in prayer. Lord You know better than anyone else how difficult and abusive he was towards me and towards others as well. You know the suffering, pain and ridicule that I had to endure at his hands, for so many years.

My hurt and anger towards him is tinged with pity and sadness because we were not able to have the sort of loving relationship that a child should have with his father – and this is of great sadness to me. I know Lord that in his own way he tried to do his best but he was so eaten up with bitterness and anger that he was unable to express it in any other way.

Forgive my father I pray, and help me to forgive him as well – truly to forgive him and not to hold any resentment against him – for I know that is not only destructive to me but has ongoing repercussions with those I love.

Forgive my father Lord and heal him – and I pray that one day he may come to hear that Christ died for his sins to pay the price for his own sins and rose again to break the power of death in the life of all that believe – and accept Jesus as his saviour. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord


Forgiveness For Our Lack Of Understanding

Lord the Church has lost its way as it is seeking strategies to build denomination bridges and interfaith uniformity and the expense of growing in true godly unity, and developing a Oneness in the Body of Christ, which reflects the unity between God Father and His beloved Son – the precious oneness You so desired in the Church, which is His body.

Forgive us Lord for the lack of Christian unity and the lack of love we have towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. Forgive us that the visible church seems to have lost its witness to Christ and compromised the truth of the gospel of grace for a social agenda to make the world into a kingdom of peace,, without the Price of Peace at the helm.

Build up Your people O God, into a sanctified body… a fellowship of believers – a people set apart from the world to serve You in newness of life and living in gracious union one with the other. May we learn to pursue after all that leads to godliness and shed abroad in our hearts a the nature and character of love that only comes from You – so that we may become channels through whom the love of Christ flows to others in need.

Teach us to love each other as You loved us and help us to grow in grace and in a godly unity- as directed by the Holy Spirit – unto our lives end, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Prayer For Forgiveness After and Abortion

Heavenly Father we lift up all those women and mothers whose hearts are aching because of their decision to have an abortion and who are now riddled with guilt, because of their choices.

We also lift up those whose freely chose to abort their babies, based on their own selfishness attitude.. thinking that a baby in their life would spoil the prearranged plans they had made or inhibit their desired destiny.

We pray Your mercy and forgiveness over each one and ask that in a very special way You would come alongside each woman who has made a decision to terminate their pregnancy – and meet each one at their very point of need.

Comfort those that are grieving, support those that are weak and convict those that have rejected the sacredness of a human life – and bring each one we pray, to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus, and an assurance of Your gracious forgiveness. This we ask in Jesus name. Amen

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7)

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A Prayer For Forgiveness

Father God, I kneel before You knowing that I have sinned against You in so many different ways.. in what I have said and done as well as in the dirty thoughts that flood through my mind. I know that I am a sinner and as such I was the cause of the Lord Jesus being crucified on the cruel cross to take the punishment that I justly deserve – to pay that price for MY sins. Lord I know that I am unworthy to come before You, but I ask Your forgiveness of all my sins, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ – Who died for me at Calvary.

Wash me I pray in the purifying blood of Jesus. Cleanse me from all my sins. Fill my heart with righteous thoughts and clean desires, for I no longer want to wallow in the cesspit of sin that has for so long separated me from You. Thank You Lord that You have promised that all who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour will have their sins forgiven forever. Praise You Lord for Your grace and mercy on me -a sinner saved by grace, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Earnest 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, Amen.

Prayer Of Forgiveness 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.


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.

A Prayer For Forgiveness

Lord we know that the nation whose God is the Lord is a blessed nation indeed and yet me know that the nations in general an my own nation in particular has turned ours backs on You who made us and redeemed us with the precious blood of Your only begotten Son, our Saviour Jesus, Christ – our Lord.

We have failed miserably as we sought to live our lives apart from You. We have fallen deeper into moral decay and generated into a spiritual void that only You can lighten and heal. Convict us Lord both individually and nationally of our need to turn to You – for You alone are the answer to our shocking downward spiral. I pray that individually and nationally we may turn from our sins, repent of the way that we have walked away form the fountain of life and carved our stagnant cisterns in the putrefying rocks-pools of fallen humanity and look to Jesus as our health and healer – for there is not health in us.

Look done in pity on us for we are lost and miserable offenders, who deserve not your pity but Your judgement. Create in us a clean heart, with purified thoughts and a penitent disposition Father we do not deserve Your mercy but Lord we plead Your pity over our hopeless nations and pray that You would restore to us the joy of our salvation – according to Your great mercy and loving-kindness. Help us to repent, return and remember all that Christ has done on the cross of Calvary for every member of the human race – and turn the hearts of the sinner to their Saviour so that they may be delivered from this world of sin sick world.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Father I pray that this nation in which I live and all those in which reside those that are Your children – would turn from their wicked ways and return to the one and only God and Creator, Who died to set us free, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Prayer Of Thanks For Christ’s Word Of Forgiveness

Heavenly Father, we stand in awe and wonderment as we look back and reflect on the whole course of that crucifixion day of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all that it means to us personally, as well the incredible impact that it must have had on those that were there at the time.. when the cruel nails were driven into His hands and feet and He was heard to pray, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,”

Father although I can easily look back with an eye of criticism on all who were instrumental in His death and utter a word of condemnation or those who scorned and despised Him, yet as I reflect on the shocking treatment of our Lord, I realise that it was my sins that also nailed Him to the tree and I am equally as guilty of the death of Your only beloved Son, as Pontous Pilate, the Roman guards, the religious leaders of the Jews and the mocking crowd – for it was the weight of my sins that He carried to the cross and it was for me..personally, that He died.

Thank You Father that You answered His cry of forgiveness, in my life.. for that prayer includes me too. Thank You that my sins were forgiven at the cross and instead of Your wrath being poured out on me, Jesus took the full force of Your righteous anger as Your judgement on sin fell on Him..

Thank You Lord that instead of giving up on humanity when they killed Your beloved Son, that You chose to pour out 2000 years of grace upon grace – so that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.. May I never forget, ignore or trivialize the horror of sin and the tremendous price that Christ paid so that my sin could be forgiven – and thank You for Your great love for me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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