13 Powerful Prayers for Overcoming Anger and Resentment

When life knocks us down, it is easy to start harboring anger for the things that have happened. These powerful prayers for overcoming anger and resentment serve as the perfect example to the type of ways you can seek relief from the Lord.

Prayer #1

Heavenly Father, I am struggling right now, Lord, and You are my Savior and my Support. Please awaken Your Holy Spirit within my heart so that I can move forward with sincerity and with perseverance. Lord, I want to move on from this heaviness in my heart and to move from hatred to forgiveness … from anger to peace. Fill me with the light and awareness of Your presence and help me to become the loving child that You created. I thank You, and praise You in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer #2

Father, I repent and renounce and release the dependency by which I’ve lived until now. Whatever the roots—self-doubt, self-hatred, self-loathing, etc.—I release the sense that I need anything or anyone but You and Your truth to get me through the day and through this life. Remind me, moment by moment, that my God will meet all my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Prayer #3

Loving Lord I place that anger and bitterness that I too often harbour in my heart at Your feet and pray that in Your grace You will expose all that is causing the bitter poison that is lodged within my heart to surface so often – and set me free from it, I pray.

Lord I confess all my anger and bitterness and know that when I allow this to surface in my heart it breaks the fellowship we have together. I know that when I confess my anger You are faithful and just to forgive the outbursts of anger in my heart and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness, for which I praise Your name. But Lord I desire that I am set free from this pollution within my heart so that the root of anger shrives us within – and ask You to examine me and root out all that is not pleasing in Your sight.
Thank You in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer #4

God, hear me and answer me. You know I am troubled by thoughts and feelings of anger, resentment and bitterness. You also know why. And You know how deep the hurt goes and how long I have lived with it. But I don’t want to live with it any longer. I don’t want to be an angry, resentful and bitter person. With Your help, I release my anger into Your hands. I surrender my resentment. I let go of my bitterness. Help me to keep letting go and release these toxic emotions as often as they try to return.

Prayer #5

Heavenly Father I ask You to examine my heart for there is a well of anger and resentment deep within my soul, and I keep drawing on that bitter water rather than drinking daily of the waters of life that flow into a heart that is looking to Jesus.

Examine my heart Lord and root out all the bitterness and resentment that is so deeply rooted within me. Search the inner depth of my soul and expose all my suppressed hurt and resentment for it is only in You that I can be set free of the pain deep within.

Thank You Father that You forgave all my sins at the cross of Calvary and I believe that You paid the full price all my sins – including all the anger in my heart – anger that still surfaces too frequently from time to time. I pray that in Your grace You will free me from all traces of anger and create in me a heart of love and forgiveness –so that I may grow more and become more like Jesus, Amen

Prayer #6

Father, I acknowledge that I’ve held resentment and bitterness against (name). I confess this as sin and ask You to forgive me. I forgive (name). Remind me, Lord, to not hold any more resentments, but rather to love this person. Father, I ask You to also forgive (name) . Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

Prayer #7

Lord God, I release ______ into your care. You know all my love and concern for (him/her). I know that You share that love and concern, so I release (him/her) into Your hands. Help me to find healthy and helpful ways to love and care and pray for (him/her), even as I learn to trust You to see all I cannot see and do what I cannot do.

Prayer #8

Mighty God, for too long I have wanted to be in control, tried to be in control and cherished the illusion that I am in control. I release myself and my illusions into Your hands. By Your grace, I surrender my need to feel in control, and embrace the truth that You are in control and that I can control only my inner life and not my outward circumstances—and certainly not other people. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot control, courage to change the few things I can (my thoughts and actions) and wisdom to know the difference.

Prayer #9

Dear Lord, You know how I struggle with anger in my heart and how I still have hatred toward those that have hurt and abused me in so many ways. Lord, my anger is so deep within my soul that I sometimes feel my head is going to burst.

I know Lord that there is no way that I can control my own anger for I have tried and failed so many times… I can manage for a while and then I feel as if I am about to explode from within. I know I need to deal with the very root of my anger – help me Lord.

Lord I know that the only way to deal with my anger is to keep my heart and my thoughts focused on You – who took the punishment for all my sin – all my anger –all my hatred. I know that forgiveness – true genuine forgiveness toward those that have hurt me so badly is the way to deal with the root of the problem. Help me to say as You did on the cross, Father forgive them and to keep my heart looking to You.

I confess my anger Lord and ask for Your forgiveness – and create in me a clean heart, forgiving heart, I pray. Amen

Prayer #10

Lord, help me to let go of all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity).
You are the One Who binds up and heals the broken-hearted. I receive Your anointing that destroys every yoke of bondage. I receive emotional healing by faith, and I thank You for giving me the grace to stand firm until the process is complete.

Thank You for wise counselors. I acknowledge the Holy Spirit as my wonderful Counselor. Thank You for helping me work out my salvation with fear and trembling, for it is You, Father, Who works in me to will and to act according to Your good purpose.

In the name of Jesus, I choose to forgive those who have wronged me. I purpose to live a life of forgiveness because You have forgiven me. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice. I desire to be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving them, just as in Christ You forgave me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer #11

Dear God, please help me to forgive this person for hurting my feelings. Help me to see the greatness in her and to love her the way that You do. Help me to relinquish the anger that I’m experiencing so that I can walk in the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Help me to heal from this incident and to release any bitterness that I may be harboring. Please give me guidance in this situation, Holy Spirit, so that I can approach it in the way that is most pleasing to You. Help me God to do Your will. Thank You, and in Jesus’ mighty name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer #12

Lord, with Your help, I release all the negative thoughts, feelings and impressions that lead to an attitude of victimhood in my life. I turn from it. I refuse to be a victim any longer. I choose to rely and live on the truth of Your Word that says I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) rather than a victim, through the One who loves me and gave Himself for me. Let me live a victorious life from this moment on instead of entertaining any thoughts of victimhood.

Prayer #13

I ask, Lord, that you intervene in my life to help me overcome this hatred. I know you warn against letting it fester. I know you ask us to love rather than hate. You forgive us all for our sins rather than letting us be angry. Your son died on a cross for our sins rather than you allowing yourself to hate us. He couldn’t even hate his captors. No, you are the ultimate in forgiveness and overcoming even the potential for hate. The only thing you hate is sin, but it is a thing, and you still offer up your grace when we fail.

Check out this great video of Pastor Rick Warren as he discusses what the bible says about forgiveness and forgiving others.

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