9 Powerful Catholic Prayers Asking for Forgiveness

As sinners, there are many things that we need to seek forgiveness for. Whether it is a trespass on our fellow man or a violation of the Lord’s commands, these Catholic prayers asking for forgiveness will encourage you to get your heart back in the right place and seek a path of redemption and righteousness.

Prayer #1

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.

Prayer #2

Dear Merciful Lord,
Thank you for your gift of forgiveness. Your only Son loved me enough to come to earth and experience the worst pain imaginable so I could be forgiven. Your mercy flows to me in spite of my faults and failures. Your Word says to “clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (Col. 3:14) Help me demonstrate unconditional love today, even to those who hurt me.

I understand that even though I feel scared, my emotions don’t have to control my actions. Father, may Your sweet words saturate my mind and direct my thoughts. Help me release the hurt and begin to love as Jesus loves. I want to see my offender through my Savior’s eyes. If I can be forgiven, so can he. I understand there are no levels to your love. We are all your children, and your desire is that none of us should perish.

You teach us to “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in our hearts.” (Col. 3:15) When I forgive in words, allow your Holy Spirit to fill my heart with peace. I pray this peace that only comes from Jesus will rule in my heart, keeping out doubt and questions. And above all, I am thankful. Not just today, not just this week, but always. Thank you for the reminder, “Always be thankful.” (Col. 3:15) With gratitude, I can draw closer to you and let go of unforgiveness. With gratitude, I can see the person who caused my pain as a child of the Most High God. Loved and accepted. Help me find the compassion that comes with true forgiveness.

And when I see the person who hurt me, bring this prayer back to my remembrance, so I can take any ungodly thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) And may the confidence of Christ in my heart guide me into the freedom of forgiveness. I praise you for the work you are doing in my life, teaching and perfecting my faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer #3

Loving Father, hear my prayer as I am now experiencing deep hurts, anger, resentments and bitterness in my heart.

Thank you for the grace you have given me to humbly acknowledge my pain. Touch all the areas of woundedness in my heart and fill it with your love and peace. Change my aching and broken heart with a new heart coming from your Sacred Heart. Because it is only through this that I will receive the grace to forgive even if it is the hardest thing for me to do.

Let me give all this pain and deep hurts to you as an offering of love and give me the grace to see all the blessings that have come from this experience of pain and suffering.

Grant me the virtue of humility to acknowledge my own mistakes
and failures and desire to ask for forgiveness in the future. Only by your grace, your strength and your love can true forgiveness and reconciliation happen.

But I believe that nothing is impossible with you so long as the desire to forgive is there in my heart and people will continue to persevere in prayer for me. Bless me and plant in my heart this desire to forgive and lead me on with patience and perseverance in my healing journey. I believe that in time, true forgiveness will happen.

All these I pray in Jesus’ name through Mary and all the angels and saints. Amen.

Prayer #4

Dear Lord, I thank You for the power of forgiveness, and I choose to forgive everyone who has hurt me. Help me set [name anyone who has offended you] free and release them to You [Romans 12:19]. Help me bless those who have hurt me [Romans 12:14]. Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. I choose to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as You forgave me [Ephesians 4:32]. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer #5

Father, today I ask forgiveness of all the negative and harmful words I have spoken about myself. I do not want to abuse myself in such a way again. Transform my thoughts and let me understand how marvelously you made me. Change my habits so I use my tongue to speak hope and favor upon my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer #6

Heavenly father, through the obedience of Jesus, Who offered His Life in the service of all, help me with Your Kindness. Make me strong through the Eucharist. May I put into action the saving Mystery I celebrate in the Mass. Protect me with Your Love and prepare me for eternal happiness.

Prayer #7

Happy those whose offence is forgiven, whose sin is remitted. O happy those to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no guile. I kept it secret and my frame was wasted. I groaned all day long, for night and day your hand was heavy upon me. Indeed my strength was dried up as by the summer’s heat. But now I have acknowledged my sins; my guilt I did not hide, I said: “I will confess my offence to the Lord.” And you, Lord, have forgiven the guilt of my sin. So let faithful men and women pray to you in the time of need. The floods of water may reach high but they shall stand secure. You are my hiding place, O Lord; you save me from distress. Rejoice, rejoice in the lord, exult, you just! O come, ring out your joy. all you upright of heart.

Prayer #8

O Lord, Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Saviour, forgive my sins, just as You forgave Peter’s denial and those who crucified You. Count not my transgressions, but, rather, my tears of repentance. Remember not my iniquities, but, more especially, my sorrow for the offenses I have committed against You. I long to be true to Your Word, and pray that You will love me and come to make Your dwelling place within me. I promise to give You praise and glory in love and in service all the days of my life.

Prayer #9

Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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