Prayers Of Forgiveness In The Bible

If you want to forgive someone and need some good ideas on what to say, then these prayers are a great place to start. These prayers of forgiveness in the Bible can be tailored to fit the person you wish to forgive, but I have included all that I believe God desires us to pray.

The prayers of forgiveness in the Bible are as varied as the people who use them. Some of these recited prayers have been known for a long time. Others may not be used as often, or at all. Forgiveness is one of the most requested prayers from God, though not everyone is willing to offer it always.

One of the most commonly-rendered prayers in the Bible is that made by those who seek forgiveness for their sins. At the time, it seemed too much to expect forgiveness from God Himself after I critically examined my life and realized how many times I had offended God.

The Bible reveals a lot about God. It tells us that He is faithful, loving, just and good. It also reveals His heart for us and His desire for our worship. Finally, the Bible shows us who we are as people made in the image of God—sinners in need of forgiveness (Romans 3:23). In keeping with these themes, the Bible contains numerous prayers of confession and petition for mercy as well as praise to God for His love for us and for what He has done in our lives.

Prayers Of Forgiveness In The Bible

“Whether we are seeking forgiveness for our own sins or asking God to help us forgive others, prayer is the first place to start when seeking restoration and healing.  The below prayers can help guide your thoughts and words as you seek being forgiven or help in forgiving others. It is a big step to seek out forgiveness and you have taken a bold step in faith! 

Before we jump into specific prayers for forgiveness, you may want to take some time to consider what God commands of us concerning forgiveness and why it’s so critical to be able to forgive.”

Prayers Of Forgiveness In The Bible

Prayer for the Gift of Forgiveness

God, I have been trying to forgive myself, but I still carry shame. Today, I receive that gift of forgiveness You hold out to me. Thank you for doing a healing work inside of me that I cannot do on my own. Thank you for a new day, a new chapter, and a new beginning. Amen. – Suzanne Eller

Prayer for Forgiveness from God

Lord, against you I have sinned alone. I know that every time I choose sin over you, I revert to the ways of my old self before I knew you. Help me to return to the paths of righteousness, to turn away from my wrongdoing, and to become more like you every day. Amen.

Prayer for Live in Forgiveness

Father, I come to You today, asking first for Your forgiveness for the sin in my life. I choose to turn from that sin and obey you. Thank You for your grace and mercy. Give me the strength and power to extend that same mercy and grace to those in my life who have hurt me. – Mary Southerland

Prayer for Forgiveness and Rebuking Resentment

Dear heavenly Father, oh how our hearts struggle to forgive wholly and fully. We thank You for demonstrating such forgiveness by graciously extending it to us. Help us forgive freely and let go of bitterness, and grant us the strength to trust Your way is best. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Meredith Houston Carr

Prayer for Forgiveness of Lies

Father of Truth, I have been hurt by a friend’s deceit. I know that the devil often operates in half-truths, and it appears he has a foothold of my friend. I ask for both clarity in my situation and the ability to forgive my friend as you have forgiven me for the lies in the past I have told. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness When Someone Hurts You

Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving me and bringing me back into relationship with You. Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross to show us the true meaning of forgiveness. Help me to show that same forgiveness to others, so they can see You living in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lauren Dungy

Prayer for Forgiveness and Protection

God, I ask that you grant me the ability to forgive someone who has hurt me. However, I do not feel safe being around this person. I ask that you protect me when I am around this person. I know forgiveness does not necessarily mean I have to be best friends with them. Grant me safety and peace. Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness during Intense Anger

Dear Lord, please forgive me for harboring anger. Equip me with a supernatural ability to forgive those who have hurt me. Guard my heart when old emotions threaten to surface. Strip my heart of anger and replace it with joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen. – Tracie Miles

Prayer for Forgiveness and Repentance

God, I have an unrepentant friend. Even though I have expressed how much they have hurt me, they seem to lack conviction at this moment. Please help the Holy Spirit to open their eyes to the hurt they have caused. And please give me the clarity to those whom I may have unintentionally hurt as well. Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness of Myself

Father God, I’m so thankful forgiveness isn’t something I have to earn or achieve. It’s a gift of grace I get to receive. Thank You that Jesus’ blood was enough to pay for my sin. Help me receive all You are offering me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa Terkeurst

Prayer for Forgiveness and Cleansing

Jesus, as I ask for forgiveness from you, I ask that you would cleanse me with hyssop and make me pure. Sanctification is not an easy process but I want to become more like you, Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness and Healing

Dear Lord, search my heart. Reveal to me any remaining burs of hurt where I have attempted to forgive apart from You. I pray You would cover these hurts in Your healing grace, and through Your strength, empower me to forgive others as wholly and completely as You first forgave me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Corrie Gerbatz

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