13 Prayers for Forgiveness and Mercy

 For Christians, it should be thoroughly settled in our hearts that God, our Father has the blueprint on how we ought to carry on with every aspect of living.

He reveals this through the Bible, His written word. However, in the hustle and bustle of life, we engage in many activities that are sinful.

Foolish and hurtful lusts leave us devoid of mercy and forgiveness because we depend on our own ways.

But we can return to the center of His plan if only we repent and ask for mercy that leads to forgiveness and peace. That’s why I provided prayers for forgiveness and mercy.

These 13 prayers for forgiveness and mercy will help you warm your way back into God’s heart.

 

  1. Prayer for Forgiveness & Mercy from Sin. 

Psalm 32:5 – Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord. And you forgave the guilt of my sin. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for the revelation of your word that says  ‘every man has sinned and come short of the glory of God.’

Lord, I present myself today to you knowing that I cannot save myself from unrighteous behavior and attitude. Your word also tells me that if I can come to you, you will deliver me from every unrighteousness.

Dear Father, I accept the supreme sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ, on the cross of Calvary. With my realization that one cannot be free except sins are confessed and forsaken according to your word.

Therefore, Lord, I ask that you forgive me and show mercy according to your promise. Set me free indeed by the grace that comes from your only begotten son, Jesus Christ.

Make me free indeed to enjoy the mercies that accompany salvation and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen.

  1. Prayer for Mercy from  Suffering. 

Psalm 9:13, 14 – Lord, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,  that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation. 

Precious Jesus, see how the issues of life treat me sorely, and I am buffeted from every side. It appears as if I am losing the battle of life.

Therefore, Lord God, stretch forth your hand and have mercy upon me so that I will not be swallowed by the gates of hell. 

And dear Lord, please remember that you promised that you will not allow the adversary to rejoice over me in my situation. I know too that mercy belongs to you, therefore forgive me and show me mercy

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  1. Prayer for the Assurance of Forgiveness. 

Psalm 51:1-2, 4 – Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 

Dear Lord, how involving every activity of life can be,  being personally involved in things that one loves so much, only to find out that I have soiled my hands and wounded my heart. 

Father, I beseech you that you would cleanse me of every guilt, in the name of Jesus. Many times, I am involved and consumed by the things that so easily defile me.

 It seems to me that the accusation of the adversary seems to be so grave in my heart. Now, I depend on your mercy to be delivered and forgiven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  1. Prayer to Receive Freedom from the Web of Sin.

Daniel 9:19 – Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.

Dear God of mercy, I seek your face, in the midst of prevailing sins in my life.

I am in dire need of your mercy, forgiveness, and freedom from the web of sin that has entangled me. Grant me, your grace, to live a life that is pleasing to you until Jesus comes. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen. 

  1. Prayer for Mercy Over Judgment. 

Ezekiel 39:25,26 – Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name.

 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. 

Dear Father, how excellent is your name in all the earth, how compassionate you are. Thank you for always showing your mercy towards us in spite of our failures and transgressions. 

If you will mark sin, Lord,  I cannot escape your judgment. Now, I come to your presence because mercy belongs to you. Show me mercy so that I will not be consumed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  1. Prayer to Receive Forgiveness From Unrighteousness. 

James 2:12, 13 – Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,  because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 

Dear Father, it is clear in your word that there is a reward for righteousness and punishment for sin. In my human frailty, offenses against you and fellow men cannot be numbered.

I am in awe of you, and knowing the wrath determined against every unrighteousness, you alone have become my refuge. Out of your mercies, do not allow judgement to fall on me for mercy rejoices over judgement.

Thank you, merciful God, for being gracious to me. In Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen. 

  1. Prayer for Mercy from  Afflictions.

Isaiah 54:8 – In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness, I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer. 

Dear Father, Your word tells me that they that call upon Your name shall be delivered. Therefore, look with pity upon me and count not my sins, which cannot be numbered.

I depend upon your mercy to deliver me and let your countenance shine upon me to end every affliction in my life that sin brought. Help me to enjoy your mercy and goodness. This I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Also Related: 15 Mighty Prayers for Mercy from God.

  1. Prayer to Receive Salvation by the Mercy of God. 

Hosea 1:7 – Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them. 

Everlasting Father, I thank you because of all the provisions for forgiveness, and salvation that you have made through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This has brought the need for my justification before you, else I would have nothing to hold onto. Dear Lord, I have struggled by my own willpower, by my own personal effort to rid myself of many of these things that damn the soul to no avail. 

I take consolation in the fact that you offered an invitation that as many that come to you, you will in no wise cast them away.

Now, therefore, I depend on your grace and mercy and claim the salvation that is available in Christ Jesus. Thank you, heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen.

  1. Prayer for Forgiveness Over Esteeming Things Above  God. 

1 Corinthians 12:2 – You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 

Dear Father, I understand that modern-day idolatry has taken many forms and shapes. These days, the pursuit of money, increased knowledge, fashion, and different kinds of things in the world have taken the place of your worship. 

Dear Father, without a doubt, I have been entangled in these things that play out in day-to-day living. I am guilty of false worship and by this have sinned.

You have made it abundantly clear that men should steer clear of idolatry. 

Truly, I am sorry, forgive me and show me your mercy that abides forever. For in the same way that judgement came against the children of Israel, you are still punishing idol worship today. 

In Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen. 

  1. Prayer for Forgiveness Over Vain Sacrifices. 

Hosea 6:6 – For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Dear Father, I present myself to you. Like King Saul, men have given so much premium to sacrifice, when actually your word commands complete obedience to your word.

Therefore, in line with the scripture that says obedience is better than sacrifice, I ask for mercy. Like the thief on the cross was forgiven because he presented a broken heart and asked for mercy and forgiveness from you, grant me the same reprieve. 

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. 

  1. Prayer for Forgiveness from Faithlessness.

Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 

Dear Lord, thank you so much for the promises in your word that without faith, it is impossible to please you. But with prevailing human weaknesses, I found myself in situations, where faith in you has been non-existent.

In such circumstances, I have trusted myself instead of you, but Lord I’m sorry because this is against your word. Forgive me and help me to build my trust in you. Give me a huge appetite to read and meditate on your  Scriptures daily. 

In Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen.

  1. Prayer for Mercy Against Being Forsaken. 

Hosea 2:23 – I will plant her for myself in the land, I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one –  I will say to those called ‘Not my people, You are my people; and they will say, ‘You are my God.

Dear Lord Jesus, you said in your word that ‘without me, you can do nothing’. I feel like fish out of water, without the comforting touch of the Savior. I know that I am far from you, but draw me to yourself, O gentle Savior so that I can get my life’s bearing again. 

Don’t allow me, Lord to feel forsaken and without any help in the world. Remember that out of your love, you have put us in the category of friends. There I wish to remain, safe in your loving embrace. 

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Also Related:  47 Astonishing Bible Verses about Forgiveness.

  1. Prayer for Forgiveness Over Self Deprecating Feeling. 

Luke 15:14-15 – After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 

Dear  Lord, I may feel down and out, but like the prodigal son, who came to himself by the assistance of the Holy Spirit, forgive my walking in carnality and self will.

Quicken me so that I’ll come to the realization of positive self-worth. Help me to learn how to pray and seek the perfect will of God for my life so that in every area, I’ll be totally guided. 

I believe that the prodigal son did not get the blessings of the Father on the journey that brought his ruin. So, help me to be patient in pursuit of the things of this life so that it will be well with me

In Jesus’ Mighty Name, I have powerfully prayed. Amen.

Conclusion 

It can be generally said that as Christians, we need to see the place of forgiveness, mercy, righteousness, and holiness of life so we can be the best we can with the blessings of our heavenly Father.

Every act of unrighteousness further drives away God’s presence, but if we seek Him, He is ready to have us back. With these prayers for forgiveness and mercy, you will, without doubt, receive God’s forgiveness and mercy for every wrongdoing. 


Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.

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