The Prayer of a Sinner

Heavenly Father,

I approach Your throne of grace with a humble and contrite heart, fully aware of my sin and unworthiness. I confess that I have strayed from Your holy path and have not lived in accordance with Your will. I have sinned against You, and have not loved You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.

I implore Your forgiveness, O Lord Jesus, through Your death and resurrection, which I believe to be the only means of salvation for my sins. I ask for Your grace and mercy to cleanse me of my wrongdoing, and to renew my heart. I confess that I am not worthy of Your love, yet I trust in Your promise of eternal life through faith in You.

O Holy Spirit, I humbly seek Your guidance and strength to resist temptation and to live a life that is pleasing to God. Grant me the grace to love others as You have loved me, to be kind and compassionate, to forgive others as You have forgiven me, and to be a faithful witness of Your love and truth to those around me.

I pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 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 1:18 ESV

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.

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James 4:6 ESV

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

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1 John 2:1 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.

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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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