Prayer Of Repentance And Acceptance

A Beautiful Prayer for Repentance and Restoration

Prayer Of Repentance And Acceptance

Have you succumbed to harmful habits that are hurting your faith and testimony? We’ve all been there at one time or another.

If guilt and shame now dot your life, and regrets are filling in the blanks of your story, take heart. God offers love, forgiveness, and restoration.

If this fits you, here is a prayer for repentance and restoration that can help you find renewed joy, hope, and life:

A Prayer for Repentance and Restoration

Lord Jesus, I’m tired of the sin struggle in my life. I feel distant from You. My choices have not led me into the right places. I’ve listened to the whispers of my enemy instead of Your words in Scripture, and the result has been disastrous.

I once walked with you, my heart tender to Your leading. Yet little by little, I exchanged Your truths for temptations and deceit that led me away from You.

Instead of taking thoughts captive and confessing them immediately, I allowed them to grow totally control. Repentance was not in my vocabulary.

Blame, cover-ups, or trying to reason and rationalize sin never work. They only give birth to deeper sin entanglements.

You created me in Your own image, Lord. You know my thoughts before I speak them. You x-ray my heart and see through my excuses and intentions. Your Spirit warned me, but I ignored You. Disappointment and discouragement have taken their toll on me.

So today I’m confessing my desperate need for You. You have promised that if we will confess our sin, You will forgive us and make us clean again. Lord, I truly need Your forgiveness. Repentance is on my heart and lips. I want to turn around and head another direction—back to You, Lord. But I need Your help.

Just as You created the world nothing, Lord, create a clean heart my “nothingness.” You paid for my sin with your own death. Restore my life and the fellowship we once shared together.

You don’t condemn me, and You won’t disown me; I am Your child forever. But I take all the blame—I own my own sin.

I am the one who broke fellowship with You and am crushed over the way I treated You and Your name.

Lord, root out the darkness and light up my life with Your holy presence. Help me understand what went wrong. Show me how my destructive patterns first began.

What did I allow to become more important than loving and honoring You? Why did I seek satisfaction in others or other things than You? You are the only One Who provides all my needs.

You fill up the soul with deep down joy and peace beyond all understanding.

Lord, may your restoration include new boundaries around my life. I can’t flirt with sin and not be hurt. In restoring me, teach me how to say no again to things which could harm myself or my testimony.

If my actions have wounded others, show me where and to whom I need to ask forgiveness or how to make amends. Help me to surround myself with positive encouragers who will hold me accountable and who will speak the truth in love.

Truly, shame melts away and we are healed when we confess to others and ask for their help.

I understand that my repentance won’t eliminate the consequences of my sin.

Knowing that You don’t hold our sins to our account—You remember them no more–and that You place them as far as the east is from the west both humbles me and fills me with amazement and gratitude.

No consequence could ever be as painful as knowing how my sin hurt You or how You suffered for me love. Your crucifying death gave me eternal life with You. Lord, You place grace next to my regrets and give me hope for a new future.

Thank You, Lord, that sin does not disqualify us. Instead, a runner who has fallen but who gets up again, I, too, am willing to start again and finish the race You have set for me.  

With Your restoration, Lord, perhaps I can help others find their way back to You again. I will not give my enemy the victory. Instead, I will accept Yours. Instead of a meltdown, with Your help I will allow Your Spirit to give me a hot heart for You, one that seeks You and wants to live for You the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for Your sweet forgiveness and promised restoration.

Never prayed for repentance before?

Pray this prayer for salvation:

Lord, I admit I am a sinner. I need and want Your forgiveness.

I accept Your death as the penalty for my sin, and recognize that Your mercy and grace is a gift You offer to me because of Your great love, not anything I have done. Cleanse me and make me Your child.

By faith I receive You into my heart as the Son of God and as Savior and Lord of my life. From now on, help me live for You, with You in control. In Your precious name,


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Penitence, repentance, penance

Prayer Of Repentance And Acceptance

The root meaning of penitence is connected with the idea of ‘regret', but is also closely linked with repentance, or being repentant, which has the sense of ‘turning round' or ‘turning away' from a former life and beginning again.

Jews and Christians believe it is important to repent of sin and begin a new life lived in obedience to God; this is central to their faith.

In the Gospels (Luke 3:3), John the Baptist is shown preparing for the coming of the Messiah by urging people to be baptised as a sign of repentance (see Big ideas: Baptism; Messiah, Christ, Jesus; Sin).


Some Christians believe that, when Christ died on the cross, he made a sacrifice, which paid the necessary price for the sin of humankind.

This act of redemption offers salvation to the world (see Big ideas: Atonement and sacrifice; Cross, crucifixion; Death and resurrection; Redemption, salvation).

Consequently, God's forgiveness is freely granted to those who do repent (see Big ideas: Forgiveness, mercy and grace). However, some Christians believe that a sincere wish to repent is necessary before the sinner can receive God's forgiveness.

Repentance in literature

In his play Hamlet, Shakespeare shows that the murderer Claudius cannot truly repent because he wishes to keep the throne and queen for which he has killed his brother: ‘Try what repentance can: what can it not? Yet what can it when one cannot repent?'

Acts of penance

In previous centuries, it was more common than it is nowadays to perform public acts of penance. These were acts of humiliation undertaken as a penalty for sin and to show true penitence. Examples include walking in a public place barefoot or wearing sackcloth, or by the person approaching a holy place on their knees.

Historically, there have been instances of leading figures in society undertaking such public penance.

For example, when King Henry II was implicated in the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket, he walked barefoot, clothed in sackcloth and covered with ashes, to Canterbury Cathedral where he was flogged by the monks. Processions of robed and hooded penitents are still a common sight today in Spain during Holy Week.

Expressing penitence

Nowadays penitence is usually indicated by confession of sins, whether in public or in private. The Book of Common Prayer, used for over four centuries in the Church of England, urges worshippers to,

‘confess our sins with an humble, lowly, penitent and obedient heart'.

A modern version asks the congregation to,

‘confess our sins, in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God's commandments and to live in love and peace with all men.'

(See also Liturgy Morning Prayer:Confession.)

Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

In his novel The Scarlet Letter, set in Massachusetts, America, in the seventeenth century, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how outward signs of penitence, imposed by church officials, might not reflect the mind and soul of the offender. Hawthorne's heroine, Hester Prynne, is made to wear a scarlet letter ‘A' as a sign of adultery, but she rejects the harsh attitudes of her society and feels no inward penitence.

Related topics

Big ideas: Atonement and sacrifice; Baptism; Cross, crucifixion; Death and resurrection; Forgiveness, mercy and grace; Messiah, Christ, Jesus; Redemption, salvation; Sin

Other cultural references

Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

Shakespeare's Hamlet

An individual's sincere acknowledgement of their guilt, sinfulness and desire to seek forgiveness, especially the forgiveness of God.

The act of turning away, or turning around from, one's sins, which includes feeling genuinely sorry for them, asking for the forgiveness of God and being willing to live in a different way in the future.

1) In the Bible a member of the Hebrew race 2) Someone who belongs to the Jewish faith which believes in one God and the importance of Jewish Law.

Name originally given to disciples of Jesus by outsiders and gradually adopted by the Early Church.

Disobedience to the known will of God. According to Christian theology human beings have displayed a pre-disposition to sin since the Fall of Humankind.

The Bible describes God as the unique supreme being, creator and ruler of the universe.

Belief and trust in someone or something.

Gospel – Literally 'good news' – used of the message preached by Jesus recorded in the New Testament. 1. The central message of the Christian faith 2. Title given to the four New Testament books which describe the life of Jesus Christ

A prophet, described in Luke's Gospel as related to Jesus. John foretold the coming of Jesus as the Saviour of mankind, and who baptised repentant people in the River Jordan as a sign that their sins were washed away. Later executed by King Herod.

A Hebrew word meaning 'anointed one', describing someone who will be the saviour of the people. Title (eventually used as name) given to Jesus.

To immerse in or pour over water, in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to signify the washing away of away of sin. Baptism in Christian churches marks the acceptance of the baptised child or adult into the church.

Title (eventually used as name) given to Jesus, refering to an anointed person set apart for a special task such as a king.

1. Instrument of execution used in the Roman Empire. 2. The means by which Jesus Christ was put to death and therefore the primary symbol of the Christian faith, representing the way in which he is believed to have won forgiveness for humankind.

1. The giving up of something deeply valued 2. Offerings a worshipper gives to God to express devotion, gratitude, or the need for forgiveness. 3. In the Bible, the sacrifice is seen to take away guilt and blame.

In Christian belief, the redemption of humanity was achieved by Jesus who in his death on the cross made a complete sacrifice sufficient to pay for the sins of the world.

In the Bible, salvation is seen as God's commitment to save or rescue his people from sin (and other dangers) and to establish his kingdom.

1. The action of forgiving; pardon of a fault, remission of a debt. 2. Being freed from the burden of guilt, after committing a sin or crime, through being pardoned by the one hurt or offended.

The act of turning away, or turning around from, one's sins, which includes feeling genuinely sorry for them, asking for the forgiveness of God and being willing to live in a different way in the future.

An act expressing repentance.

An individual's sincere acknowledgement of their guilt, sinfulness and desire to seek forgiveness, especially the forgiveness of God.

Coarse garment worn as sign of repentance or mourning.

Set apart, sacred.

The title given to the bishop who oversees the other bishops within his province.

In the Bible mourning was signified by covering the head with ashes, a symbol of death and destruction.

Generally a large and magnificent place of Christian worship that houses the 'cathedra' (the bishop's chair or throne).

Member of male religious community.

The week leading up to Easter Sunday.

1. The part of a service of Christian worship where people say sorry to God for not living according to his will. 2. The practice of privately telling a priest of wrongdoing.

The book of prayers and church services first put together by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury in the time of King Edward VI (1547-53) for common (ie. general) use in English churches.

The 'Established' or state church of England, the result of a break with the Catholic church under Henry VIII and further developments in the reign of Elizabeth I.

Someone who responds in devotion to the perceived presence of the divine.

The spirit which gives life to a human being; the part which lives on after death; a person's inner being (personality, intellect, emotions and will) which distinguishes them from animals.

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Bible Verses About Repentance: 25 Scripture Quotes

Prayer Of Repentance And Acceptance

At the heart of the message of Jesus is the fact that we are hopelessly lost and need a Savior to make things right between God and us. All of mankind is lost and since Adam, had been born with a sin nature that needs fixing.

Our natural instinct is to sin…to do the wrong thing time after time (see Paul’s thoughts in Romans 7-8) even when our motives are good. Fortunately, God has made the provision and perfect sacrifice for us in sending Jesus to come to this earth and to be crucified on a cross. This is the greatest story ever told.

Jesus made the way for us in dying for our sins but we need to accept His free gift and acceptance of the gift of salvation involves repentance.

A simple definition of repentance is turning from the way we are going and to go the other way. It is doing a 180 degree turn in our lives. It is an acknowledgement that we are sinners and that we need a Savior.

One of the clearest pictures of this message came in the person of John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus and forerunner of the Messiah. His message was simply, “Repent and be baptized.” He simply told people that they were lost and in need of repentance. This message has not changed since that time.

We still need repentance because as the book of Romans says, “There is none righteous, no not one.” Prayerfully consider the following verses on repentance.

Verses about Repentance and Prayer

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

Psalms 32:5 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

Psalms 41:4  As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!”

Psalms 69:5 O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

Isaiah 55:5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 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.

Acts 8:22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

Passages about Repentance and Discipline

Exodus 32:14 And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people (KJV).

Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them (KJV).

True repentance is an acknowledgement that we are lost and that Jesus has indeed provided a way to make us right before God.

Jeremiah 25:5 saying, ‘Turn now, every one of you, from his evil way and evil deeds, and dwell upon the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever.

Jeremiah 26:3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings (KJV)

Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not (KJV)

Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Verses on Repentance (confession)

Psalms 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalms 38:18 I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.

Ezekiel 18:21-23 But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live.

Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 13:3  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all wise perish.

Luke 15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out

Acts 17:30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Revelation 3:3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

True repentance is an acknowledgement that we are lost and that Jesus has indeed provided a way to make us right before God. He paid the price for our sins by willingly being led to the cross to hang there to die for sins that He did not commit. If you are having a hard day, just think on that thought for a little.

That the God over all creation would love you and me so much that He would send His own Son to be humiliated and suffer and die for sins that we commit. Amazing love. My prayer today is that we would all be thankful for the amazing God that loves us. I pray that you have made the choice to repent and to come into relationship with God.

If you haven’t done that, do so today! There will be great rejoicing in heaven when you do.

What Does the Bible Say About Repentance?

Resource – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” video “Amazing Love (You Are My King)” by the Newsboys.

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