Evening Prayer For Forgiveness
How to ask God for forgiveness
Prayer for forgiveness is needed for every believer. Anyone who has had to apologize for knowingly or inadvertently causing harm or pain knows the feeling of relief that comes with receiving forgiveness and a free conscience.
Thanks to the prayer for forgiveness of sin, you can not only remove the heavy burden from your soul, but also see the path that you must take so that life brings joy and is full of peace.
A prayer for forgiveness from God
Father God, I kneel before You knowing that I have sinned against You in so many different ways.. in what I have said and done as well as in the dirty thoughts that flood through my mind.
I know that I am a sinner and as such I was the cause of the Lord Jesus being crucified on the cruel cross to take the punishment that I justly deserve – to pay that price for MY sins.
Lord I know that I am unworthy to come before You, but I ask Your forgiveness of all my sins, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ – Who died for me at Calvary.
Wash me I pray in the purifying blood of Jesus. Cleanse me from all my sins.Fill my heart with righteous thoughts and clean desires, for I no longer want to wallow in the cesspit of sin that has for so long separated me from You.
Thank You Lord that You have promised that all who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour will have their sins forgiven forever. Praise You Lord for Your grace and mercy on me -a sinner saved by grace, in Jesus name I pray,
Kid’s prayer for forgiveness
Dear Lord Jesus, I am sorry that I have been naughty and disobeyed my parents. I know I should listen to them but sometimes I don’t want to and then I get into trouble. I don’t want to disobey but sometimes I do and I know that it makes them mad – and then they are mad with me and I am mad back at them.
Dear Jesus, please forgive me for disobeying and help me to listen to my parents next time and to do what they tell me to do. Thank You that even when I am naughty You still love me.
Thank You Jesus for dying for me on the cross and thank You for taking the punishment for my sins when I am naughty. Thank You that You rose back to life again and went to heaven so that I can be forgiven and go to heaven too. Thank You that you never stop loving me even when I do disobey and help me to be good in the future. Thank You Jesus,
Father, the weight of my sins weigh heavily on my conscience and I know that there is no righteousness in me. I come to You pleading for Your great mercy, and repent of all the many sins that I have committed against You so grievously.
Lord I confess that in my pride and arrogance I even joked about Your existence and blasphemed You in word and deed and yet I discover that You sent Your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only acceptable sacrifice to pay the price for my sins.
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Lord I kneel before You broken in heart for the wrong that I have done against You and beg for Your grace and mercy on a pitiful sinner, who has come to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord – and that He is my Saviour and Redeemer. Wash away all my sins I pray and cleanse both my mouth and my thoughts from the filth that has poured forth from my blackened heart.
Lord I come in humility of heart and brokenness of spirit and pray and thank You that in Your mercy You sent Jesus to be the price for my sins. Thank You for Your promise that all who believe in Him will not perish but have their sins forgiven and receive the free gift of eternal life.
Thank You that I have been saved by Your grace – simply by trusting in the blood of Christ, in Whose name I pray,
Prayer to forgive other people
Father, there are certain things that have recently happened to me that have been so painful that I am finding it quite difficult to forgive others – and yet I know that this is Your will for each one of Your children – knowing that forgiving others in our hearts has a beautiful secondary function, of opening up our hearts and lives to Your warming love and perfect peace.
Lord I want to forgive others, but there seems to be a sort of blockage that is causing me to hold fast to my anger and hurt. Please Father God, in Your goodness and grace, would You please help me to forgive fully, freely and forever so that I may be released from this sharp pain of unforgiveness, which seems to be holding my heart in an icy, iron grip.
Lord You have promised in Your word that Your grace is sufficient for every trial and each difficulty in life – and I trust that this means that Your grace is sufficient to bring me to that point of genuine and gracious forgiveness.And so I cast this unforgiveness at Your feet and pray that You would forgive ME for holding onto my unforgiving heart for so long – knowing that in Christ Jesus You have forgiven me so much.
Thank You Lord for dying on the cross for me and for forgiving all my sins – thank You that Your grace is sufficient for me – in Jesus name I pray,
Your death, O Lord, we commemorate, and your resurrection we confess, and your second coming we look for; and we ask of you mercy and compassion and we implore the forgiveness of sins. Your mercies be upon us all.
Prayers for the remission of sins can rightfully be called miraculous and healing. In the process of turning to God, we completely abstract from life's fuss and all we want is the generosity of our Father, his forgiveness for our actions, thoughts and intentions, which are caused by the weakness of the spirit and inability to resist the temptations of life.
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Prayer: The Way to Forgiveness
It is amazing how many opportunities of forgiveness are available to you on daily bases through Prayers.
It is noticeable that the ways of forgiveness are so many and diverse in terms of their types and times. In other words, if you are really interested in living a constantly clean life –if you wish to have the stains of sins removed from your records promptly-, the task is easy. The ways to achieve that are numerous.
Before moving further to discuss more means to get Allah’s forgiveness, one point needs to be emphasized here.
Although the ways to Allah’s forgiveness are paved and the access to it is made easy, many of us fail to take advantage of them.
That is a symptom of the ghaflah (heedlessness) ailment which turns the human being into an aimless machine that only cares about the joys of the world and neglects the true, everlasting life.
So, no matter how easy to get the blessing of forgiveness, without taking the matter seriously and paying heed to the importance of being forgiven; without realizing the dangerous threat of sins and, thus, working diligently to get rid of them, you will most ly lose those forgiveness opportunities. In such a case you need to be alarmed because you might be not sufficiently qualified to be pardoned.
Prayers: Packages of forgiveness
It is amazing how many opportunities of forgiveness are available to you on daily bases through Prayers. At every stage of prayer, there is a chance of forgiveness: wudu’ (ablution), walking to the mosque, praying and repeating the After-prayer adhakr (Allah’s remembrance)
Wudu’: Washing up Body and Soul
`Abdullah As-Sunabihi reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
“When the believing servant performs Wudu’ and rinses his mouth, his sins come out from his mouth. When he sniffs water into his nose and blows it out, his sins come out from his nose. When he washes his face, his sins come out from his face, even from beneath his eyelashes.
When he washes his hands, his sins come out from his hands, even from beneath his fingernails. When he wipes his head, his sins come out from his head, even from his ears. When washes his feet, his sins come from his feet, even from beneath his toenails.
Then his walking to the Masjid and his Salah will earn extra merit for him.” (An-Nasa’i)
Walking to the Masjid: Steps to Forgiveness
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:”When one of you performs ablution and does it well, then he comes to the mosque for no other purpose than prayer, he does not take one step but Allah raises him in status one degree thereby, and takes away one of his sins, until he enters the mosque. When he enters the mosque he is in a state of prayer so long as he is waiting for the prayer.'” (Ibn Majah)
Prayers: Guaranteed Purification
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him)said: “Do you think that if there was a river by the door of any one of you, and he bathed in it five times each day, would there be any trace of dirt left on him?” They said: “No trace of dirt would be left on him.” The Prophet commented: “That is the ness of the five daily prayers. By means of them, Allah erases sins.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
After-Salah Dhikr: Endless Opportunities
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: He who repeats after every prayer: Subhana Allah (Allah is free from imperfection) thirty-three times, Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) thirty-three times, Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest) thirty-three times; and completes the hundred with: La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli shai’in qadir (There is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent) will have all his sins pardoned even if they may be as large as the foam on the surface of the sea. (Muslim)
An Open Door for Forgiveness
To maximize your prayer’s power, you need to perform it in the best possible way.
Zaid ibn Khalid Al-Juhani (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “He who performs wudu’ well, and then offers two rak`ahs of prayers during which (he is so attentive that) he does not forget (anything in it), will be forgiven all his past sins.” (Abu Dawud)
Finally, to gain the above reward, we need to focus on the quality of our prayers and the acts of worship preceding/succeeding it. To remove a difficult stain, you need a powerful and effective detergent.
To maximize your prayer’s power, you need to perform it in the best possible way in terms of concentration, humbleness and sincerity.
Paying due attention to that will gain you continuous cleanliness throughout your life in sha’ Allah.
Forgiveness Prayer – How We Can All Heal Together
many of us, I tried many methods of forgiveness prayer to heal the deep wounds from childhood, including methods for self-acceptance, controlling behavior and emotions, and coping with stress, as well as numerous spiritual practices and meditations.
While they all had their place and many helped on a surface level, I still felt ruled by a deep inner pain and self-attack, which would easily flip into reactivity and lashing out at others.
While I could hold a nice mental concept of forgiveness for short intervals – a kind of bandaid that helped for a little while – it wasn’t long before the same deep and painful wounds would get triggered again.
I came to realize that whatever is resisted (and therefore unhealed) within us will continue to create scenarios in our relationships, work environment, our bodies, and our entire life experience, which expose our inner wounds again and again, until we can accept them as they are and bring love to them.
Through the guidance of teachers Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, Ramana Maharshi, Bruce Tift, and many others, I’ve learned and practice a far simpler, more direct approach to forgiveness prayer that is acceptance and love. You can find this practice here.
Rather than trying to correct, heal or fix inner wounds, I’ve discovered that peace can only be realized by letting my intense feelings and inner sensations be as they are, bringing love to them, and experiencing them within Conscious Awareness.
This approach is what I call forgiveness prayer, a way of living daily life as a kind of prayer, committed to healing for ourselves, others in our past and present, and ultimately all life.
You can learn how to do this healing practice here.
I define prayer as shifting attention to and living from what is divine with us, our Essential Being. This can be called Presence, God, Spirit, The Divine, Awareness, Consciousness, your True Nature, or many other descriptions that point to the truth of our Being.Becoming conscious of the reality of Being is essential for true forgiveness.
We can only truly forgive from what within us is already and always forgiving. From the state of Pure Awareness, forgiveness isn’t even an issue because everything is automatically accepted as it is. It resists nothing, including resistance itself.Consciousness allows the world and all life within it to be as it is. All of it is arising IN Consciousness.
WE are Consciousness.
However, on the human level where we are identified with being a body / mind, forgiveness is the sincere willingness and heartfelt intention to:
- Allow everything in our experience to be as it is.In doing this, we might still feel called to act in ways to bring about change in our lives and / or in the world.
By first accepting everything as it is, avenues open up to express our vision for change with love and connection rather than resistance and disharmony.
- Bring kindness and love to everything arising in Consciousness. This includes:
- Everything we experience arising within us – thoughts, beliefs, memories, expectations, aversions, habits, emotions, body sensations.
- All our perceptions of the world and its inhabitants.
Our thoughts to label anything and anyone we experience with various concepts of “good” or “bad.”
However, all of these are simply our perceptions and have nothing to do with the Awake Beingness which is all life, including us.
Forgiveness also means that when our wounds get triggered and we forget to practice forgiveness prayer we can bring kindness and love to OURSELVES as well.
Forgiveness prayer takes practice and patience with ourselves. Don’t be hard on yourself if you feel awkward doing this at first, or if you don't remember to do it at all.In my experience, the pain of holding grudges itself points me back again and again to the forgiveness prayer practices shared here. Pain is a great motivator.Remember, you as a person aren’t what does the forgiveness.
You, Awareness are already doing it. We just have to shift our attention and allegiance there.
Forgiveness Prayer For Ourselves And People In Our Lives Together
In my life, as in the lives of many of you who are reading this, some pretty horrific stuff happened in childhood. I tried everything I could to forgive my parents for all that happened. I finally realized that the way I was trying to do it made it impossible.
As long as I held the belief that what they did was wrong and THEY were wrong, that in itself insured that I couldn’t come to peace with them.
Even when I saw that they were operating from their own wounds, then my emphasis shifted to “LIFE is wrong” which only deepened my suffering.
Thankfully, an intense desire to find love in my heart for myself and all those in my past, a series of realizations allowed me to see my pain and suffering from a different perspective, which began to open the door to a naturally occurring forgiveness prayer.
Pushing against reality creates suffering
I became aware that any time I argue with what was or what is, I suffer.
What was, was. What is, is. Period.
No amount of resistance will ever change the past as it was or the present as it is, including our reactions to the past or present.
Our beliefs create our lives.
In a series of meditations, I saw a past life where many people died as a result of my greed for power. In that lifetime, when I realized what I had done I made a vow to never have power again. I decided I was unpardonably bad and deserved to be punished.
Next, I saw subsequent lifetimes where I was a slave in one, murdered in another, raped, attacked, imprisoned, and etc. in others. The series culminated in the realization that even this lifetime was an outward experience reflecting the inner belief that I was bad and should be punished.These images clearly showed me that what we hold in our minds to be true (consciously or unconsciously) creates situations that reflect it.
I realized that all of what happened in my childhood as well as every moment since then has reflected and continues to reflect my own beliefs about how I honestly believed / believe I should be treated.
Cause and effect are key factors in how this dream plays out.
Another realization came in the form of a multi-generational image. I looked at how my father’s parents treated him and saw that he treated me the only way he knew how – the same way he was treated. I witnessed the same thing when I looked at my mother and her upbringing.
Then this vision opened up further and I saw my father’s parents’ parents, and ditto on my mother’s side, with all of their hurts being passed down to the next generation. I knew this isn’t just with my family. This is what happens with all life.
This cause and effect dynamic went back in time as far as I could see, a series of dominoes. One “domino” was touched from behind and fell forward, touching the one in front of it, which then leaned into the one in front of it in the same way. On and on it goes.
Why and when did the first “domino” get the impetus to “lean forward” and start the chain reaction of passing on unhealed wounds? I have no idea. But I do know that Consciousness has allowed all of this to be this way or it wouldn’t be happening.
As my perspective moved out from just my personal story, back to the beginning of time, I felt the tight knot of anger, blame, fear, and frustration start to unwind. In my experience this aspect of forgiveness prayer is essential for healing.
As long as we keep our perspective narrowed down to “you did this to me” we can’t truly heal.But seeing it from a wider, more realistic context opens the door to healing.
True forgiveness prayer can’t be accomplished by the mind. It can only occur within the truth of Being
Layering a thought about forgiveness on top of a thought of blame and resentment won’t produce forgiveness. Believe me, I’ve tried.
We can only truly forgive from what within us is ALREADY forgiving.
We must shift attention to the Conscious Awareness within us which isn’t hurt by what happened to us, and has ALREADY accepted what happened with love.
You'll find help with this here.
To experience forgiveness prayer, our emphasis needs to first be taken off the other person(s) involved in our painful situations.
Our first step is to fully accept, allow, and bring kindness to the pain, anger, fear, sadness, and all other intense emotions we experience within ourselves. Until we do that, true forgiveness prayer is impossible.Then, once we’ve attended to our own wounds, we are in a much better position to interact with our loved ones in a less reactive, more open manner.
Forgiveness Prayer For Ourselves And The World As One
In the current climate of political divisiveness in the US and in many areas of our planet, all of our worst character flaws have the potential of being activated.
As long as there is anything unresolved within us, something will manifest “out there” that will uncover and touch into a wound that already exists “in here.”When this happens we actually have a tremendous opportunity for healing and awakening to the truth of Being.
We can shift our attention away from our thoughts and instead place it on the tight, uncomfortable sensations in the body. Then we can bring a feeling sense of love and kindness to these energies within us, literally being willing to embody the intensity we feel.Unconsciously, most of us believe these intense inner feelings and energies will overwhelm and maybe even kill us if we let them come up.
They generally originate from a very young time in our lives when some aspect of our behavior wasn’t well received by the adults around us.
An inner intelligence within us finds a way to try to protect us, which in many cases is to try to push the pain down and our Conscious Awareness.
Consequently, these energies become unconscious, but still get triggered in our daily lives.These hurts are here whether we want them to be here or not.
By trying to ignore them or pushing against what or who it is that is triggering them, we actually feed more energy to the pain within.
However, by choosing to allow them to be here (because they ARE here) and finding within us a feeling of kindness toward this young, wounded aspect of ourselves, past hurts within us can gradually, eventually unwind. This page can help you with this.
I also highly recommend Bruce Tift's book, Already Free, which I know you'll find very helpful:
“By training ourselves to remain present with our anxiety [and ALL feelings], we have the opportunity to discover that it’s our avoidance of our core vulnerabilities that gives them the appearance of being a threat; there is nothing inherently harmful in these vulnerabilities themselves.
We begin to live as adults, basing our lives on what is currently true, rather than as if we were children, basing our lives on what used to be true.”
~ Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT, Already Free, pg 186
What Another Person Triggers In Us Was ALREADY Here Within Us
In the unfolding of forgiveness prayer in my own life, I have found it important to investigate within and notice that when I have a strong reaction to a political figure (or anyone for that matter), or to something someone is expressing which I don’t agree with, these hurt and reactive energies were ALREADY in me before this person appeared in my life.
Our adult reactions are often our unconscious strategies which were formed in infancy or childhood to avoid feeling intense emotions which as infants we believe will kill us.
Noticing and investigating this for yourself is a powerful way to open to forgiveness prayer.Since these reactive hurts are already here in us as adults before we even met the person who triggers them, we can’t honestly make the other person responsible for them.
The responsibility for our own healing (to feel the intense inner feelings we don't want to feel and bring love to them) lies within us.
In the midst of the current political divisiveness in this country, there is a meditation therapy practice I frequently use while I’m watching the news, and many other times during the day, which I find quite healing.
As I said before, even though watching the news and the actions of various folks seems to trigger a reaction in me, they are not the CAUSE of the upset I feel. So I’m using the daily events to evoke wounds that were already within me, so that I can respond to these wounds lovingly within myself.
Want More Help With Forgiveness Prayer?
I highly recommend practicing Meditation Therapy, a variety of do-it-yourself practices which facilitate forgiveness prayer.
I'd also be happy to support and guide you into knowing yourself as Being and letting suffering unwind on its own in a WellBeing Alignment Session.
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