Prayer for Forgiveness

    by Acts 29 Booklet

    God has given us the ultimate example of forgiveness in Jesus, and when we follow His example, we can restore what has been broken. Before we blame others or expect them to "get right," we should look at our own words and conduct, putting away anything that contributes to unforgiveness.

    Just as Jesus had to put down his own will in order to obey God, we must put down our own desires and put others first. As we follow Jesus' example and depend on His strength, we will be able to accept forgiveness and forgive others, not merely superficially but from the heart.

    Read: Matthew 18:21-22

    "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)

    Pray a Personal Opening Prayer, then pray the following:

    Father, I confess to You that there are some areas where we have failed in being the people and the church You called us to be. But You made provision for our sins by Jesus' death on the cross. He died on the cross for me and for everyone, and paid the full penalty for all our sins, past, present and future. I praise and thank You for that.

    "This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." (I John 4:10)

    • Give me the grace to face the people who have displeased, hurt or troubled me. Help me to forgive them, not condemn them.

    "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)

    "It is my prayer that each person at Asbury will be an imitator of Jesus; merciful, sympathetic, tender, responsive and compassionate. I claim the promise that we can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens us." (Philippians 4:13) 

    • Help the Asbury family, as Your children, to be committed to walk in Your kind of love. Help us to be patient and kind, to refrain from envy, jealousy, and boastfulness. Help us not be offended at injustice or wrongs done to us, but bear up under anything that comes with love and forgiveness. Help our love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so we can discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.

    "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." (Luke 6:37)

    • I praise and thank You for preparing hearts ahead of time to receive my love. Thank You for the assurance that nothing can separate me from Your love, which is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39) 
    • I pray that each person at Asbury will learn, by Your grace, to both give forgiveness and to accept it graciously.
    • Help each of us understand that mutual forgiveness is basic not only to true Christian relationships but is a necessity if we are to experience Your forgiveness. Help us remember that our relationships with others affect our relationship with You. 

    "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:14-15)

    • I claim the promise that since You have given us the ultimate example of forgiveness in Jesus Christ when I follow His example, You will restore what has been broken.
    • I pray that broken relationships within the Asbury family will be healed because of forgiving hearts and minds.
    • Help my forgiveness be done with the right motive, in the right spot, in obedience to You and with the power of the Holy Spirit.
    • Help me remember that forgiveness is the process You take us through to heal wounds; that forgetting removes the ugly scars. Help me forget and remove the scars from my life. 
    • Father, fill our souls with the forgiveness and love that overcomes all things bad and evil. 

    Read Psalm 103:2-5, 10-12, substituting "me" and "my" for "you," "your," "our" and "us." 

    Dear Lord, thank You that You have chosen to offer me forgiveness of my sins. Thank You for Jesus’ death on the cross, which offers me that forgiveness. If I wound any soul today, if I cause one foot to go astray, if I walk in my own willful way, please reveal it to me so I can ask Your forgiveness. Help me to acknowledge my sin and be truly repentant. Give me the grace and humility of spirit to refuse to keep score of the wrongs done to me, and to be quick to forgive and make amends. Rid me of pride and self-righteousness so I am free to forgive others as You have forgiven me. Thank You for giving me Jesus as Savior and as my example. In His name I pray, Amen.

    Is there someone or something you have forgiven but refused to forget, which keeps you from being happy and productive? If so, write it on a slip of paper and ask God to remove it from your memory. Then tear up the paper and throw it away.

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