8 Prayers of Repentance and Forgiveness (With Images)

8 Prayers of Repentance and Forgiveness (With Images)

It is impossible to live in this physical world without sinning at one point or the other. The people we relate with might cause us to sin.

Sometimes, the things we see and think about can cause us to sin.

Now, as much as sin is bad, God does not condemn us. Therefore, we can always find our way back to God even when we have committed an atrocity. 

This is what is called repentance. It is when we repent that we can truly receive forgiveness in our hearts

One of the ways to show repentance is by saying prayers of repentance. This is to show that you are truly sorry for your sins and that you want to make changes.

To help you achieve this, I have chosen the 8 most powerful prayers of repentance and forgiveness

Are you ready to pray? Then, let us take a tour through these prayers, and select the best one for you.

1) Short repentance prayer

Short repentance prayer
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“God in Heaven, forgive me for all the sins I’ve committed so far, whether they were intentional or not.

Wash my body of all evils, my aura of all evil acts and my soul of all sin present in my life. Allow me to live clean from evil, clean from sins and clean in the name of God, Amen.”

Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.

This short repentance prayer is important. 

With this prayer, you can speak to God about the sins you have committed and ask Him to forgive you for them all.

Since this prayer is short, you need to say the right words within that short time and get straight to the point. 

Well, this is a powerful prayer that works for such short moments.

  • Do you feel filthy?
  • Have you just sinned?

Well, you can quickly turn aside to say this prayer within a few seconds. Once you do, return to your normal activities without any condemnation.

God looks at the heart and not just the quantity of words

2) Repentance prayer for forgiveness

Repentance prayer for forgiveness
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“Heavenly and Almighty God, I come before you humbled and sorrowful, aware of my sin, and ready to repent. Lord, forgive me for I have sinned before you.

Wash away my sin, purify me, and help me to turn from this sin. Lead me to walk in your way instead, leaving behind my old life and starting a new life in you.

Lord, you who are loving and just, show compassion upon me, shower me with your mercy. All this I pray through your Son Jesus Christ, who came to save us from our sin. Amen.”

Before you start saying this prayer, you can read Psalm 51.

This is a bible verse and chapter about forgiveness

With this bible verse, you will get yourself in a sober mood that is ready for reflection, prayers, and confession of sins. 

The repentance prayer for forgiveness is a special type of prayer.

It reveals that your heart is sorrowful, and you truly need God’s forgiveness. 

You might be asking “when can I say this prayer?” Well, you can say these prayers any time of the day.

Just ensure you create a conducive atmosphere that is free from distraction.

This prayer can be said for any type of sin. With this special repentance prayer, the holy spirit will comfort your heart and assure you that forgiveness is yours.

3) Catholic prayer for forgiveness of sins

Catholic prayer for forgiveness of sins
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“God the Father, You who helped the blind to see, You who helped the sick to heal, You who take away the pain in people’s hearts, hear this prayer of mine!

Forgive all my sins, all my evil deeds, all my bad deeds towards other people and all the impurities present in my heart.

I am sorry! I am sorry! I repent of my sins, I repent of treating some people badly, I repent of acting badly with those I love most… I repent of arrogance, selfishness and vanity.

I repent of everything Father God, and I hope You forgive me. Amen.”

Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.

You should never forget to ask for forgiveness of sins

Whenever you make a mistake, always remember to go back to God and ask Him to forgive you.

This catholic prayer for forgiveness of sins is powerful and effective enough to assure your heart of receiving forgiveness. 

In this prayer, you are permitted to mention as many sins as you can remember, and ask God to forgive you. 

Make sure you have your rosary with you.

4) Prayer for repentance and cleansing

Prayer for repentance and cleansing
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“Father God, I committed a sin, I made a mistake and I am truly sorry for my actions. I made a mistake that won’t happen again, and that’s why I ask that You hear me, that You hear this prayer of mine and that You forgive me.

I ask that You forgive me for my sins, for my actions and for my attitudes toward some people. I ask that You help me start over, with a clean body and a pure soul.

Take this weight off me and fill my heart with light, love and hope. Amen.”

Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.

The prayer for repentance and cleansing is mostly done for adultery sins.

The reason is that adultery sins defile the body. It also contaminates the soul.

Now, this does not mean that other sins don’t do the same. However, the bible emphatically talks about adultery sin.

Therefore, if you have committed adultery, then, you need this prayer to first repent and cleanse yourself from the filth of sin.

To say this prayer effectively, believe in the words you’re saying. You can start this prayer by saying this Bible verse:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ” — 1 John 1:8-9.

5) Prayer of repentance and salvation

Prayer of repentance and salvation
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“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, and hears my prayer.

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.

In Jesus’ name I pray,


Say the prayer above of repentance and salvation.

This is also called the sinner’s prayer! Do you believe in Jesus?

If not, then, it is time to pray to God for salvation.

This prayer is focused on asking God to save you from your sins. Christians don’t need to say this prayer. 

Therefore, if you want God to come into your life and save you from your sins, you should say this prayer.

Oftentimes, God responds by sending someone to you, who will lead you by the hand into the kingdom of God.

6) Prayer for forgiveness of sins renewal and repentance

Prayer for forgiveness of sins renewal and repentance
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“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.”

From “An order for Compline”, 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA

When we sin, there is an urgent need to go through repentance and renewal of the mind.

This is why the prayer for forgiveness of sins renewal and repentance is important.

This prayer works mostly on your mind. It restores your mind to its original state (which is not corrupted by sins).

When you say this prayer, the holy spirit of God comes into your heart and renews your mind.

He washes your mind and gives you the forgiveness of sins

Therefore, say the prayers above to experience true renewal and forgiveness of sins. And say the following Bible verse after:

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” — Psalms 86:5.

7) Beautiful prayer for repentance

Beautiful prayer for repentance
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“Dear God, I pray today before the light of heaven in complete faith, humility and repentance. You do everything for me, You’re always by my side and You never leave me, but I wasn’t always right, I didn’t always do things right, I’ve sinned…

My sin torments me, my peace does not get out of my head and I need to confess to you what I did:

(Speak here your regret/sin)

I know that I have sinned, but I pray to ask You to forgive me, to grant me divine forgiveness from heaven, so that I can continue to live my life without this weight on my conscience.

Please, Dear God, help me move forward, forgive me and deliver me from my sins. Amen.”

Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.

This is a very personal prayer. As much as words are important, the state of your heart is very crucial to make this prayer work as much as you want it to.

You see, the beautiful prayer for repentance is one of the special moments you share with God.

During this moment, you lay your heart bare to God and expose your vulnerabilities. 

This is why I always recommend 5 – 10 minutes of meditation before you start saying this prayer.

8) Prayer to ask God for forgiveness

Prayer to ask God for forgiveness

“Almighty God, powerful and miraculous, hear my prayer and answer my sincere request!

Forgive me, heal me, purify me, give me Your forgiveness, give me Your love and all Your graces!

Forgive all my sins, which I repent. Forgive all my bad deeds, which I regret. Forgive me every time I acted against Your will because I regret it. Forgive me every time I hurt someone because I regret it.

My God, forgive me for everything, forgive me for all the times I’ve made mistakes, for all the times I’ve done something wrong and for all the times I’ve sinned.

Please, my God, grant me Your forgiveness, now and forever, Amen.”

Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.

This is the prayer to ask God for forgiveness.

In this prayer, you are simply to speak to God about your sins and ask Him for forgiveness.

Tell Him how sorry you are for the sins you have committed.

Express how helpless you are, and tell Him to forgive you for all the sins you have committed.

Should I ask God for forgiveness?

Yes, you should ask God for forgiveness.

Doing this is good for the following reasons:

  • It is a great thing to do because it shows that you have submitted to God;
  • You should ask God for forgiveness because it means you are spiritually conscious;
  • The forgiveness prayer also assures your heart and comforts you;
  • It helps you to overcome temptation and condemnation.

Asking God for forgiveness is an escape route out of condemnation, and suffering the consequences of your mishaps.

Will these prayers help me feel better?

Yes, these prayers will help you feel better. Whenever I sin, these are the prayers I say to God. 

Guess what? It always felt like a heavy load was taken off my shoulders.

Trust me! Talking to God about your sins, and asking him for forgiveness is therapeutic. 

Stop thinking and wallowing in your sins when you can talk to God and keep your heart in one piece.

When should I start praying?

There is no better time to start praying than NOW.

Well, if you are busy or not in the right environment at the moment, you can pray when you get home or when you are alone.

There is no special time to say the prayers of repentance and forgiveness. 

Once the right atmosphere and environment are present, that is all that matters — start a connection in your heart with heaven.

Believe in God, everything will be fine!

As I stated earlier, it is okay to fall into sin once in a while. Yes, feeling bad shows that you are a responsible son of God. However, quickly turn it over to God in the place of prayer

When you fall into sin, believe God to take away your sins and grant you forgiveness. With this, everything will be fine, and you will be righteous again.

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