A Prayer of Forgiveness

Heavenly Father,

I come to You in humility and repentance, acknowledging that I have sinned against You and failed to live up to Your holy standards. I ask for Your forgiveness, and I receive Your mercy and grace through Your Son, Jesus Christ. I confess that I have not loved You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I have lied, stolen, coveted, and have been guilty of all manner of sins. I have not honored You in my thoughts, words, and actions.

I ask You to cleanse me from all unrighteousness and renew a right spirit within me. I turn from my sins and commit myself to follow You and live according to Your Word. I ask that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me to resist temptation and to love and serve others. I ask that You would give me the strength and wisdom to overcome my sinful nature and that You would help me to grow in grace and in the knowledge of You.

I thank You for Your love, Your mercy, and Your grace, and I praise You for the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for my sins and rose again. I trust in You and in the power of His blood to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.

I give You all the glory and honor, now and forever. Amen.

Suggested Bible Readings

1 John 1:9 ESV

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

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Isaiah 55:7 ESV

Let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

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Psalm 130:3-4 ESV

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.

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Colossians 2:13-14 ESV

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

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Psalm 32:5 ESV

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

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Psalm 103:12 ESV

as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

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1 John 2:1-2 ESV

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

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