Prayer Of Forgiveness For Abusive Parents

4 Lessons About Forgiveness I Learned from My Abusive Father

Prayer Of Forgiveness For Abusive Parents

“It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it sets you free.” ~Tyler Perry

I still remember the day when I told my mother that I no longer wanted to be at home. I’d had enough of so much pain and sorrow, and the constant yelling. Soon after, I watched my mother cry bitterly as she made the decision to get a divorce.

I was ten years old at the time.

My father had always been a very strict man, who used to believe that his ways were the right ways.

He considered himself “successful” because he had his own house, his own car, a high salary, and a family. He was indeed a success at his office, but his employees didn’t seem to respect him.

They described my father as a man who d to give orders and to keep things under control—and also a man who d to tell hurtful, humiliating jokes at others’ expense.

I don’t remember my father having any friends, nor seeing him invite anyone to our home for Christmas.

Father was always working hard, two daily shifts for five years. He later told me he did that to give us a good future, but he was never present.

I don’t recall him playing with me that much, nor taking us on vacation. And he used to beat me with a belt if I didn’t get good grades at school. He used to drill into my head that I needed to “be better than everyone else.” He wanted me to be as competitive as him, as successful as him. He wanted me to become him.

But that wasn’t the whole reason why my parents divorced. My father cheated on my mother with five different women, thinking my mother wasn’t good enough for him anymore. Later in life I understood that it was he who felt not good enough.

One day he got very drunk and began calling me names “little cockroach,” because he knew I would never be as good as him. That’s when I lost it.

At ten years old, I jumped toward my father and blindly hit him, with my tiny fists, in every part of his body that I could reach. My mother came running from the kitchen and had to separate us because my father, a mountain of a man, was easily giving me the beating of my life.

That was the last straw for her.

That night my mother kicked him the house, and I didn’t see him again for a few years.

After that day, we were shocked, but felt a small piece of relief. Eventually, we found peace.

The divorce helped my mother mature and become stronger and wiser. She was always there for me and my kid sister, playing the role of both loving mother and father. My raising made me think that, if I ever had children, I would never let them live the hell I lived.

Time heals all wounds, or so they say. Eventually, I found the strength to see my father again, at a very sad family event.

He was all by himself. None of his former mistresses were in sight. We spoke few words; I gave him my condolences and left. It had been weird to see my father again after so much time.

One day he fell sick with kidney failure and thought he was about to die. I went to visit him at the hospital, and it was shocking to see my once strong father reduced to a thin ghost of a man wrapped in a hospital gown.

There was no one around to help him but an aunt. No friends, no other women, no one. He was all alone.

I spent days and night taking care of him at the hospital. We would joke around and remember the few good things we shared during my childhood. I soon realized my father was just another kid that had been hit and humiliated during his childhood.

His parents had raised him the same way he’d raised me; therefore, he grew up with those values carved in his heart.

That’s when I realized it made no sense to continue hating him for the horrible childhood he gave me. Life was already giving him a tough lesson. Loneliness can be worse than death itself.

My father eventually recovered and left the hospital. I still speak to him and pay him a visit from time to time to see how he’s doing. He’s still the prideful man I knew as a kid, and he still expects me to become better than him. But now, his words don’t hurt me.

Because of my experiences with my father, I have learned these valuable lessons.

1. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting

Some people say “Forgive and forget.” I would say instead “Forgive, don’t forget, but don’t let the memory of what happened control you.”

I learned this the hard way, sadly. Some days I would get very angry, and other days I would feel hopeless and unloved. This eventually pushed away the few people that really cared for me.

I couldn’t change the past, and I didn’t the insecure, angry woman that I had become. I had to release that pain and anger.

One thing that helped me was to write down all the things I wanted to say to my father. I would read the letter as many times as I needed, then burn it. Watching the fire consume the letter that contained all my frustrations helped me ease the burden in my heart.

Some days, when I felt the ugly feeling again, I would put my hand over my heart, say a prayer, and repeat the same mantra to myself over and over again:

“I am here, I will help you. We are in this together. I will protect you.”

These words were powerful to me. After repeating that mantra to myself, I would feel my anger melt away.

We have to release our anger—in private, to avoid hurting the people that love us—in order to make space for love and peace. We learn from the pain, and though there’s no way we can easily push it under a rug, we don’t have to be controlled by the feelings that flood us when we remember what happened.

Don’t let the memory of the past inflict pain in your present life.

2. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to include that person back into your life

Forgiving someone doesn’t always mean welcoming that person back into your life nothing happened.

There are people who can’t be in our lives without hurting us. These kind of people need to be loved from a distance. It may be your father, your brother, your former best friend, or your ex. Life is too short to make it harder and more painful by allowing people who constantly hurts us back into our circle of peacefulness.

3. Forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning someone’s actions

Some people might view what happened to my father as karma, but it’s hard for me to see it that way. When I learned about his troubled childhood, I realized that’s where his behavior came from.

I finally understood why he did what he did. Still, that didn’t make it excusable. What he did was wrong and not acceptable.

No matter how bad your past was, you can’t go around inflicting pain on others, thinking it’s okay.

I know a lot of people who had sad, painful childhoods, who turned out to be wonderful parents. Pain can give us huge lessons and make us better people.

4. Forgive to set yourself free

This was the most important lesson in my life. I was the target of bullying at school because, at that time, children who came from broken homes were seen as troubled kids. I hated my father every time someone made jokes about my divorced parents.

Later in life I blamed my father for all my failed relationships. I hopelessly looked for approval from the men I dated, only to be dumped a hot frying pan.

I was destroying myself with hatred and pain. All this turmoil made me lonely and miserable.

Eventually, I learned that I was the only person responsible of my life, and that blaming my father was a cowardly thing to do. If I wanted to have a happy life, I had to let go of the pain. It wasn’t easy—it took years of self-discovery and soul searching to achieve this—but when I did, I felt a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Trying to find something to inspire me, I came across one quote that struck a chord with me:

“Holding onto anger is drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

I was poisoning my life, my few friendships, and myself. I’d missed a lot of the big things in life because I’d spent so much time hating my father and my problems. I learned not to repeat his mistakes, and to pay attention to my own behavior. The past can be painful but it doesn’t have to define us. We make our own present; we are our own person.

We can’t erase the past, but we can choose to let go of the pain in order to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

The road isn’t easy; in fact, there were days when I felt I was taking one step forward and two steps back, and some days I would just curl up and cry. But I kept moving forward because I desperately wanted to get that place of isolation. I focused on myself, spent time with family, eventually found good friends, and then finally felt lighter and at peace.

In the end, I learned that forgiveness is not about the other person; it is about ourselves.

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70 Bible Verses About Forgiveness

Prayer Of Forgiveness For Abusive Parents

Forgiveness might be hard sometimes, but it is mandatory for all Christians to learn how to forgive. It is on this basis that we have the right to ask God for his own forgiveness, don’t expect God to forgive you when you are still bearing grudges against someone else.

Forgiveness is a very serious thing in Christendom, even your giving does not amount to anything when you are living in unforgiveness, God expects you to forgive first before presenting your offering to him, that is how serious the issue of forgiveness is in the Christian life. In case you are still doubting, here are some bible verses about forgiveness.

Bible Verses About Forgiving Others

1. James 5:16 – Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

2. Matthew 18:21-22 – Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

3. Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

4. Matthew 18:15-20 – Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

5. 2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

6. Daniel 9:9 – The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;

7. Mark 11:25 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

8. Luke 17:3-4 – Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

9. Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

10. Jeremiah 31:34 – And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

11. Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

12. Luke 23:34 – Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment and cast lots.

13. Isaiah 1:18 – Come now, let us settle the matter, says the LORD. Though your sins are scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be wool.

14. Proverbs 15:18 – A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.

15. 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

16. Matthew 6:12 – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

17. Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

18. Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

19. Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

20. Luke 6:37 – Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

21. Matthew 6:14 – For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

22. 1 Peter 3:9 – Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Bible Verses About Love and Forgiveness

23. Proverbs 17:9 – He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.

24. Matthew 9:6-8 – But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

25. Hebrews 10:17 – And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

26. 1 Peter 4:8 – And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

27. 1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear… fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

28. Romans 12:9 – [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

29. Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

30. 1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

31. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

32. Psalms 1:1-6 – Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

33. Romans 5:5 – And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

34. John 14:23 – Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

35. John 14:15 – If ye love me, keep my commandments.

36. Matthew 6:9-13 – After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

37. Matthew 11:29-30 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

38. 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 – And unto the married I command, [yet] not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from [her] husband.

39. John 20:19-24 – Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.

40. John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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Bible Verses About Forgiveness of Sins

41. Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

42. Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

43. Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

44. Luke 13:3 – I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all wise perish.

45. Matthew 6:12 – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

46. Acts 8:36 – And as they went on [their] way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

47. 2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

48. Acts 2:21 – And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

49. John 12:32 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.

50. John 11:25 – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…

51. John 10:9 – I am the door: by me, if any man enters in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

52. Isaiah 59:2 – But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden [his] face from you, that he will not hear.

53. Isaiah 43:25 – I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

54. Psalms 127:4 – As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man, so [are] children of the youth.

55. Acts 22:16 – And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

56. Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

57. John 8:24 – I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.

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Bible Verses About Friendship and Forgiveness

58. Ephesians 4:26-27 – Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath…

59. Matthew 5:44 – But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

60. Proverbs 31:26 – She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.

61. Proverbs 29:15 – The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.

62. Exodus 34:7 – Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation].

63. Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

64. Proverbs 13:24 – He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

65. Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

66. Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

67. Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

68. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart…

69. Colossians 3:21 – Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they are discouraged.

70. Ephesians 6:4 – And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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25 Powerful Prayers for Forgiveness of Sins and Others

Prayer Of Forgiveness For Abusive Parents

As Christians, we are called to be more Christ . Jesus himself sacrificed his life on the cross in order to forgive all of mankind for their sins. It is only righteous for us to also forgive one another for our sins and demonstrate the grace that God has so generously provided us with. These powerful prayers for forgiveness of sins and others will help to put your heart at rest.

Prayer #1

Lord God, I trust in you today. I thank you that you keep turning the pages of my life. Everyday you give me a new beginning. Help me to ride each new wave of temptation, and to overcome the things that can drag my life down. As I look to you I declare your promise of freedom over my life.


Prayer #2

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 today, and hears my pray. 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. Amen.

Prayer #3

Father, I need your help and your insights. Today I have gained a better understanding of forgiving others and with your help, I fully forgive from my heart. Although I have been sinned against, I know I myself have sinned against others.

You have freely forgiven me, so I forgive them as well. Father, I ask you to forgive me for hurting others my own hurt and to heal my relationships with others.

I pray all of this in Jesus’ precious name and by whom all forgiveness and healing was made possible.

Prayer #4

I am lost at this moment in my life. I have gone down the wrong road, and I am having a difficult time getting back to where I need to be. I want to do the right thing and keep true to myself, but it’s very hard to fight the demons that have pulled me back down.

I need You, my precious Lord, to help get back on the right path and to stay away from this destructive life that I feel I am leading. I know I am the only one to blame for my actions.

But I know if You will give me the courage, strength, and will to walk away, I can make it through with my eyes on You.

Prayer #5

Lord, you promised that when I seek You with all our heart, I will find You. I seek only after You. I ask that you still my troubled heart, calm my wayward mind, as I seek only after You.

I’m never going to be able to figure this out on my own, and right now I’m leaning heavily on You. I give you all the anxieties and fears I feel inside, and I release them all to You. I know You will grant forgiveness of my sins.

I ask that you please so, as I am truly sorry for the wrong I’ve done in my life. I open up my life so that it becomes an open book before You. Amen

Prayer #6

Lord, I’m in that place again On my knees Laying my life out before You Thank you that on the cross you cried “It is finished” You have done it Forgiveness is complete I can live forever in Your grace

Forever in Your love

So I ask now for Your forgiveness For the wrongs that I have done And the things that I have neglected I ask for Your forgiveness For the people I have hurt along the way And those who I have failed to love as You love

I ask for Your forgiveness

I receive Your forgiveness And resolve in my heart That with Your strength I determine not to make these errors again I receive Your forgiveness And by the power of Your Holy Spirit I walk away from everything I know to be wrong And embrace everything I know about You For the kingdom, the power and the glory Are always and forever Yours


Prayer #7

Dear Lord, please forgive me for my sins [consider inserting details on specific situation]. I recognize that I made a mistake.

I know that You forgive me, but I also ask that you help me to cope with the emotions I’m experiencing as a result of my error. Please guide me, sustain me and help heal me from the pain and shame that I am experiencing.

Help me to remember that I am a child of God, and give me the power to make it through this season. In the name of Your son Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Prayer #8

Lord, please help me to remember the power of forgiveness, and please help me to extend this to [insert name(s)]. I know what it means to forgive, and I know all of the things you have forgiven me for.

Despite my feelings about [insert], please help me to remember that, me, you love this person and care about his/her well-being. Please help me to find love in my heart as well and to move past what was said and done.

Please help me to forgive [insert name(s)] and to move past this. In the name of Your son Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Prayer #9

Lord, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me for [insert specific incident or issue], and please guide me to become more You. Please help me to watch my words and actions, and guard me against future mistakes and errors. Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die for my sins — and thank you for your forgiveness. In the name of Your son Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Prayer #10

Holy Lord,
I can’t seem to shake the harm that’s been done to me off my shoulders. I am wallowing in the anger I feel. Lord, I shouldn’t think the vengeful thoughts that I have. You have called me to forgive every single person that wrongs me. I need Your strength to overcome these trespasses against me. Father, I want to forgive these people.

Please cast the devil’s evil ways from me. I want to look at these people and see lost souls that need You. I want to forgive them completely so that You can use me however You wish, to be Jesus to them. Father, I am done with holding these grudges! Forgive me for holding on to them. I cast this burden at Your throne now. Do with me as you please Father.

I love You and thank you for Your patience with me. Amen

Prayer #11

Father in heaven,

My heart grieves for those close to me that do not want to know You. They are lost souls wandering wherever the devil takes them. They are fulfilling their own desires of the flesh instead of yearning for the life that You give.

Father, use me or anyone that You please to show Christ- love to them. Father, I love these men and women and to think of them in eternal torment is tormenting me! I pray that the seeds that are planted in them Lord will be grown by You.

You make miracles happen every day and I pray that You make one today in the lives of the lost. I praise Your Holy Name! Amen

Prayer #12

Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Prayer #13

Dear Lord,
I pray for pastors around the world. If there is any un-confessed sin active in their lives, I pray that You would bring them to the deepest valleys if that is what it takes to get them back on the narrow path. We need strong pastors leading our congregations.

I pray that You would use the people closest to their pastors to keep them accountable, Lord. Accountability is a must in every Christian’s life. I thank you for our pastors, Lord, for they have a huge role to play here on earth.

They have many big responsibilities and I am so grateful that they accept the challenges of pastoring. I love You, Lord! Amen

Prayer #14

O Lord God almighty, who pardons guilty men and has no pleasure in the death of a sinner: to you, O Lord, I stretch forth the hands of my heart and I implore of you forgiveness for all my unlawful deeds, albeit unworthy.

I ask you to keep my mind from the operations of the enemy, my eyes that they do not look incontinently, my ears that they do not listen to vanities, my hands from the service of hateful things, and my reins that they be moved in you, so that I may be entirely yours.

And grant unto me the gift of your divine mysteries, O Christ our Lord and our God, forever. Amen.

Prayer #15

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.

Prayer #16

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.

Prayer #17

Lord, I bring to mind (name)
I bring him/her before You.

I feel hurt by them Right now I confess any negative feelings I have about them I forgive the wrongs they have done towards me For any deliberate or unintentional things they have done That have caused me pain

In the best way that I know how, I fully forgive them.

I release them to You.

Now that I have forgiven (name) I choose not to hold any grudges towards him/her Thank you that as I am praying now You are freeing my inner world to live again Free from resentment, pain and bitterness Filled with joy, freedom and love.


Prayer #18

Father, bless me with the wonderful power of forgiveness, give me the grace to unconditionally forgive those who have done me wrong.

Give me the strength to let go of ill-will, the strength to forgive myself of my own failings and sins, knowing that you have already forgiven me.

Free me of all anger, bitterness, hate, and unforgiveness. In the Lord’s name I pray, Amen.

Prayer #19

Lord, just as You so generously forgive me, help me also to forgive others and not keep any form of hate, anger or revenge within my mind. Bestow the power of love upon us all and just as I forgive so too would everyone. In our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ’ s name I pray Amen.

Prayer #20

At this time, I humbly ask Your forgiveness for all my sins. Lord, I ask for wisdom, kindness and endurance. Lead me so that I would not indulge in these sinful acts again.

Prayer #21

Oh Heavenly and Gracious Father, I come before you as a humble servant, thanking You for yet another day of health and strength, for peace of mind, love, and for everything that You have generously bestowed upon me.

Prayer #22

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you 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 #23

Lord, today was not a good day for how I treated others. I know I need to apologize. I know that I did that person wrong. I have no excuse for my bad behavior. I have no good reason for harming them. I pray that you place forgiveness on their heart. Mostly, though, I pray that you give them peace for when I do apologize.

I pray that I can make the situation right for them and that I don’t give them the impression that this is normal behavior for people who love you, Lord.

I know you ask that our behavior is a light unto others, and my behavior certainly was not.

Lord, I ask that you give us both the strength to get through this situation and come out the other side better and more in love with you than before. In your name, Amen.

Prayer #24

Lord, I am angry. I am hurt. This person did this thing to me, and I cannot imagine why. I feel so betrayed, and I know you say that I should forgive them, but I don’t know how. I just don’t know how to get over these emotions. How do you do it? How to you constantly forgive us when we screw up and hurt you? Lord, I ask that you give me the strength to forgive.

I ask that you place on my heart a spirit of forgiveness. I know this person said they were sorry. They know what they did was wrong. I may never forget what they did, and I’m sure our relationship will never be the same, but I don’t want to live with this burden of anger and hatred any longer. Lord, I want to forgive. Please, Lord, help my heart and mind embrace it. In your name, Amen.

Prayer #25

Lord, please forgive me for what I have done to you. I offer up this forgiveness prayer in hopes that you will look at my mistakes and know that I did not mean to hurt you.

I know you know I’m not perfect. I know that what I did went against you, but I hope that you will forgive me, just as you forgive others me. I will try, Lord, to change.

I will make every attempt to not give into temptation again.

I know that you are the most important thing in my life, Lord, and I know that what I did was disappointing. I ask, God, that you provide me with guidance in the future.

I ask for the discerning ear and open heart to hear and feel what you are telling me to do. I pray that I will have the understanding to remember this time and that you give me the strength to go in a different direction.

Lord, thank you for all you do for me. I pray that you pour your grace upon me. In your name, Amen.

Here is a great video that will empower you to demonstrate grace and forgiveness for your fellow man.

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“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1.9

When I think of forgiveness, I think of the first time when asking for forgiveness made an impact on my life. Do you remember that one life event when you had to ask for forgiveness from a friend or parent? Do you remember how your heart raced, stomach flipped cartwheels, or not knowing how the person would respond when you asked?

I was 16 and I had taken my grandpa’s truck through a ditch. I was messing around driving and yes took a little detour through a ditch. Needless to say I broke the plastic part off the front bumper.

I remember that awful feeling knowing I needed to ask for forgiveness for doing something wrong. I also felt so scared. That was the moment that forgiveness and grace became real to me.

I asked for forgiveness and received unconditional love, forgiveness, and grace that I will never forget.

It is a story that I use with my small group of children to show the importance of asking for forgiveness and how grace is extended.

Share Your Forgiveness Story:

What is your story? What story do you remember that gave you that light bulb moment, “Wow, this is what it means to ask for forgiveness and receive grace?” Share that moment with your students. This can help them identify how they have felt when they have asked for forgiveness. It is also is a great moment to show that through asking for forgiveness there is Grace.

Teaching Children to Pray for Forgiveness:

  1. Make it personal: Share your personal story of asking for forgiveness. It does not have to be anything big. That makes your story age appropriate. Share how you felt, and then share the outcome. Make sure you tell how grace came into play in your story.

  2. Pray with your student: If your student needs help praying for forgiveness for something they have done, pray with them. Lead them by example and show that you are there to help them in their journey.

  3. When praying for forgiveness: A forgiveness prayer is a conversation between them and their heavenly father. Just as if they were talking to their parent or friend they can have a conversation with God.

    No need for fancy words or fear of what to say, be open and honest and tell them what they have done wrong and to ask for forgiveness.

Prepare to Pray!

If you have younger children, you will want to choose one or two verses for them to learn to pray. Think about something your child is struggling with today. Does he need to remember that God sees everything? Maybe she needs to remember that the Almighty loves her.

Do you have older children? Have them read through the following verses and choose one or two.

Click on the image below to print FREE PRAYER CARDS. Choose the age-appropriate printable for your children and print on card stock. Then help your children to figure out how to pray the scriptures.

Verses about Forgiveness:

Look upon my affliction and my trouble, And forgive all my sins. ~ Psalm 25:18

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake. ~ Psalm 79:9

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You. ~ Psalm 86:5

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. ~ Matthew 6:14-15

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9

Now Pray!

Encourage your children to not just read the words, but to pray them.

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{All of these verses link to BibleGateway. If you would rather choose a different version of the scriptures, then click the link and choose the version you want.}


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