Jesus died on the Christ to forgive us of our sins, and we need only ask for His forgiveness to be released from the chains of sin. Here are 25 strong prayers for forgiveness of sins along with printable images to use or share.
A Prayer for Forgiveness of Sins
Lord, because of the sin of our first parents, death entered into the world, for the wages of sin is death. We have all sinned and we all fall short of the mark. We justly deserve to be cast away from Your presence. Yet, out of Your abundant love and mercy, You sent Your only Son to become one with us. On His shoulders were laid our sins and He absorbed death into Himself. Lord, through the precious blood of Your beloved Son Jesus, forgive us our sins and restore us to life eternal. Amen.
A Prayer for Healing From Sin
Lord God, my sins are many, and they have left many wounds. I have sinned against You, but I have also sinned against my fellow man. I have not loved Your words and commandments as I should. Lord, I ask that You reach out with Your healing hand and touch me. Take away all sins and all their effects from my whole being, that I may uphold Your image in my life. Forgive me my trespasses, that I may learn to forgive others. Amen.
A Prayer for Your Healing Balm
Most Gracious Lord, my soul is so sick with sin. Like cancer, it has infested to every part of me. There is nothing in me that remains good, and I am slowly dying. My wounds are blistered and sore. Yet, Your love covers a multitude of sins. The blood of Your Son, Jesus, is like a healing balm that soothes my wounded soul. Lord, continue to heal me and restore me to life through forgiveness. Amen.
A Prayer for Emotional Healing Through Forgiveness
Lord, my soul is crushed and I am in deep pain. My many sins have ruined me. I lay here and cry out to You, but I cannot detect Your presence. It is as though You have turned Your face from me. Lord, forgive me of my sins so that I might emotionally heal. Restore me to mental health and stability so that I may be of greater use in the advance of Your kingdom. Amen.
A Prayer to Ease My Suffering Conscience
Father God, my conscience haunts and accuses me. It will not allow me to rest as I know I have sinned greatly. No matter what I do, I cannot escape the accusations. I am condemned in light of Your holy law. Lord, I plead for the blood of Christ to cover my sins. Purge me with hyssop so that I will smell sweet in Your presence. Quiet the roar of my conscience and let me rest in the assurance of the forgiveness of my transgressions. Amen.
Forgiving Myself Prayer
O Lord, I do not struggle as much with forgiving others as I do with forgiving myself. No matter how many times I stumble, You are always quick to pardon me. Yet, I am my own worst critic. I condemn myself more harshly than even the Devil. Lord, help me to see that this self-condemnation derives from the pits of hell and not from You. Help me learn to extend grace to myself as I do to others. Amen.
A Prayer for Prosperity
Lord, as I look around, all I can see is that the wicked prosper while Your people struggle. How long, Lord, will You allow cheaters and thieves to live in abundance? Lord, I ask for prosperity for the sake of my children and my children’s children. Bless the efforts of Your servant and give him the bread for his labors. For in this way do Your people truly prosper, Lord. Graciously grant this petition unto me. Amen.
A Prayer to Restore My Family Through Forgiveness
Father, sin is like a terrible and destructive storm. It leaves nothing unturned. It uproots entire lives and causes division and mistrust. Such is the case in my family, as we have hurt one another as tempers have flared. Lord, You have taught us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. For the sake of our family, restore us. Help us to receive Your forgiveness and extend this same grace to one another so that we can once again be an icon of Your love to the world. Amen.
A Prayer for the Peace of Forgiveness of Sins
Lord God, when my soul is in turmoil, it is usually because I am convicted of sin. My soul will not be at peace with a sinner’s conscience. It will not allow me to have any sort of peace. Therefore, I come to You to plead forgiveness in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let His bloodshed on the cross pour over me and wash away all my sins. Look upon me not in my nature, but as one who is united to Your beloved Son. Amen.
A Prayer to Go Forward in Peace After Forgiveness of Sins
Almighty God, You are surely a God who does not His people die in their sins, but redeems them for Your purposes. Therefore, because You have forgiven me through Your Son, Jesus, let Your servant humbly depart in peace. I have seen the true glory of Your grace. Let me go forward out into the world, shining with the light of Your forgiveness to speak to those who are trapped in darkness. Amen.
A Prayer for Joy That Flows From a Clean Heart
Lord, it says in the sacred scriptures that he who is forgiven much loves much. The person who has had their sins taken away understands the gravity of their sin, but also the love that is found in their redemption. Lord, I rejoice in the forgiveness of sins won for me on the cross of Calvary. I shout and sing for joy that Your only begotten Son has trampled down death once and for all. Give me a sustaining and true joy that lasts all my days. Amen.
A Prayer to Rejoice in the Forgiving Blood of the Lamb
Everlasting God, forgiveness was free for us, but it came at such a high cost to You. You did not allow Abraham to sacrifice his only son. You stopped him because You were to provide to us the true and spotless lamb. It is Your Son who would be killed. Therefore, let my heart rejoice and be glad that You so loved the world. Let me exalt in Your name, evermore praising You for the forgiveness in the blood of the lamb. Amen.
God’s Love and Forgiveness Prayer
Dear God, where love abides, there also is forgiveness. For if we forgive without love, what use is forgiveness? Therefore, I ask that You forgive me for all my sins out of Your abundant love. Teach me to walk according to this love so that my forgiveness of others would come not out of compulsion, but out of a heart that is cleansed of all sins through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer to Become Loving Through Forgiveness
Father, it is a monumental task to live burdened underneath the weight of our guilt. It callouses our hearts and hardens our hearts to the needs of others. I am in desperate need of the assurance of Your forgiveness. Lord, help me to remember the work of Jesus upon the cross. Let me place my confidence at the foot of my Savior. For His sake, forgive me all my sins, so that I may walk according to a clean conscience through Christ, my Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Belief in God’s Forgiveness
Lord Jesus, wherever Your truth is proclaimed, the Devil counters it with lies. He does not want Your children to believe that You love us. He does not want us to know that our sins are forgiven as a gift that cannot be earned. Defend us from these slanderous lies of the evil one. Shield us from his poisonous darts and keep us safely within the fortress of Your love. Help our hearts to believe Your words and to rest in the eternal truth that You died to save us from our sins. Amen.
A Prayer to Trust in Christ’s Blood
Lord Jesus, because You are both true God and true man, there is a power in Your blood that transcends all things. One drop of Your blood cleanses all men of their sin. You are eternal and Your forgiveness is everlasting and Your love unbounded. Therefore, let us marvel upon the mystery of Your life-giving blood. Help us to place our trust upon it, and not upon our works which can never please You. Amen.
A Prayer for Hope in God’s Forgiving Power
Lord God, as followers of Your Son, we do not live our lives as hopeless people. Even though our sins may be great and innumerable, we know that we have a God who can save even the greatest of sinners. Nobody is beyond redemption. Lord, refresh our hope that is in You. Fix our eyes upon Your return, that we may know our sins are forgiven and ready at all times. Amen.
Hope for Deliverance from Sin Prayer
Most Merciful God, again and again, I ask You for forgiveness, and yet again I stumble and fall. Each time I remove a stumbling block, another is put in its place. It gets exhausting trying to walk in Your Spirit and deny the temptations of the flesh. Lord, I ask that You continue to forgive me of my sins. Extend to me the grace that I need to continue to run the race and win salvation. In Your mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.
A Prayer for Courage to Trust God’s Forgiveness
Lord God, it is so difficult for me to set aside my pride and humbly bow down before You. The old Adam within me constantly wants praise and credit for the things that I am only able to do through Your grace. Lord, give me the courage it takes to pick up my cross and follow You. Help me to understand that I am forgiven solely as a gift, and not because of my contributions. Help me to die to myself, and to live in You. Amen.
A Prayer for Courage to Seek Forgiveness
Lord Jesus, often our sins tend to harden our hearts. We can become quite defensive, like a wounded and cornered animal. We may lash out and hurt others because we cannot receive the forgiveness we so desperately need. Lord, I ask that You give us the courage we need to humble ourselves and seek forgiveness. Give us the fortitude and protection we need to be vulnerable and to confess our sins before others. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for My Family’s Forgiveness
Father, forgive me for the many things that I have put my family through. I was selfish and short-sighted. Above all, I was ungodly. What’s more, I ask that You work on the hearts of my family. Help them to extend to me the same forgiveness that You extend to us all. I ask this so that my family might be healed through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer for Thanksgiving for God’s Forgiveness
Most High God, there is no other like You who pardons the sins of the worst of people. For this, I ask that You create within me a joyful and thankful spirit. Help me to live in light of Your redemption so that my thankfulness would be obvious to anyone who is seeking Your face. Help me to remain thankful at all times so that I may avoid the pitfalls throughout life’s journey. Amen.
A Prayer for Continual Forgiveness
Father Almighty, You taught us to forgive our brother not 7 times or even 70 times, but 70 times 7 times. From this, we know that You are a God who forgives not only once, but continuously. Lord, I know my faults. There are certain sins and vices that I know I will struggle with until I die. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is so weak. Continue to forgive my sins and bestow Your grace upon me so that I may one day experience the final victory. Amen.
A Prayer for Forgiveness from a Friend
Everlasting God, it is unfortunate that those we love the most are often the same ones that we tend to hurt the most through our misdeeds. It was never my intention to hurt my friend, but I did indeed sin against them and now he/she will not speak to me. Lord, I ask that You help my friend to forgive me. Send Your convicting grace into their hearts so that it may be softened unto forgiveness. For You rejoice when relationships are healed and love wins the day. Amen.
A Prayer to Purge My Sins
Father, if You kept a record of wrongs, nobody would ever stand before You. You are a consuming fire, and sin is burned up along with the dross. I know that I could never stand in Your presence on account of my sin. Therefore, I ask that completely purge me of sin throughout this life. Remove them from me as far as the east is from the west. Forgive me and renew me that I may be raised again to new life. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.