Prayers Of Repentance In The Bible

Prayers of repentance (also known as prayers of confession) are Christian prayers, generally uttered after sinning. They constitute a request for forgiveness, and may be expressed both corporately and personally.

Repentance means “to feel regret and sorrow for sin” (The Webster Dictionary). It is a turning away from sin to a change in character, thus the name “Metanoia” which literally means a mental “change of mind”. When applied to a Christian, it symbolizes a turning away from sin to follow Jesus Christ in the belief that He was God in the flesh, who died on the cross for their sins, and rose again on the third day.

Biblical repentance is one of the most important things we will do here on earth. It’s a necessary part of faith. The prayers of repentance can be addressed to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We will discuss several scriptural prayers of repentance with relevant Bible verses provided.

God wants us to turn our hearts towards Him and let go of whatever is holding us back. He promises that if we ask, He hears us (1 John 5:14) and will forgive our sins (1 John 1:9). He desires for each one of us to have a personal relationship with Him. God knows what we are going through, and the best thing about it is, He cares about the little details in our lives!

Prayers Of Repentance In The Bible

Lord Jesus, I’m tired of the sin struggle in my life. I feel distant from You. My choices have not led me into the right places. I’ve listened to the whispers of my enemy instead of Your words in Scripture, and the result has been disastrous.

I once walked with you, my heart tender to Your leading. Yet little by little, I exchanged Your truths for temptations and deceit that led me away from You. Instead of taking thoughts captive and confessing them immediately, I allowed them to grow totally out of control. Repentance was not in my vocabulary. Blame, cover-ups, or trying to reason and rationalize sin never work. They only give birth to deeper sin entanglements.

You created me in Your own image, Lord. You know my thoughts before I speak them. You x-ray my heart and see through my excuses and intentions. Your Spirit warned me, but I ignored You. Disappointment and discouragement have taken their toll on me.

So today I’m confessing my desperate need for You. You have promised that if we will confess our sin, You will forgive us and make us clean again. Lord, I truly need Your forgiveness. Repentance is on my heart and lips. I want to turn around and head another direction—back to You, Lord. But I need Your help.

Prayers Of Repentance In The Bible

1 John 1:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 20:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Mark 6:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.

Revelation 3:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Acts 17:30 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Luke 13:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Psalm 51:1-19 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. …

Revelation 3:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

2 Corinthians 7:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

Acts 26:20 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

But declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

Acts 3:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

Matthew 4:17 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Ezekiel 18:30 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.

2 Samuel 12:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

Revelation 2:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

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