(The following prayer covers
most significant areas of forgiveness and will bring to mind others. Let the
Holy Spirit move freely and guide your mind to persons or groups you need to
LORD JESUS CHRIST, I ask today
to forgive everyone in my life. I know that You will give me the strength to
forgive and I thank You that You love me more than I love myself and want my
happiness more than I desire it for myself.
Father, I forgive You for the
times death has come into my family, hard times, financial difficulties, or
what I thought were punishments sent by You and people said "It's God's
will," and I became bitter and resentful towards You. Purify my heart and
Lord, I forgive MYSELF for my
sins, faults and failings, and for all that is bad in myself or that I think
is bad. For any delving in superstition, using ouija boards, horoscopes,
going to sťances, using fortune telling or wearing lucky charms, I reject
all that superstition and choose You alone as my Lord and Savior. Fill me
with Your Holy Spirit.
I further forgive myself for
taking Your name in vain, not worshipping You by attending church, for
hurting my parents, getting drunk, fornication, adultery, homosexuality. You
have forgiven me; today I forgive myself. Also, for abortion, stealing,
lying, defrauding, hurting peoples' reputation, I forgive myself.
I truly forgive my MOTHER. I
forgive her for all the times she hurt me, she resented me, she was angry
with me and for all the times she punished me. I forgive her for the times
she preferred my brothers and sisters to me. I forgive her for the times she
told me I was dumb, ugly, stupid, the worst of the children or that I cost
the family a lot of money. For the times she told me I was unwanted, an
accident, a mistake or not what she expected, I forgive her.
I forgive my FATHER. I forgive
him for any non-support, any lack of love, affection, or attention. I
forgive him for any lack of time, for not giving me his companionship, for
his drinking, arguing and fighting with my mother or the other children. For
his severe punishments, for desertion, for being away from home, for
divorcing my mother or for any running around, I do forgive him.
extend forgiveness to my SISTERS AND BROTHERS.
I forgive those who rejected
me, lied about me, hated me, resented me, and competed for my parents' love,
those who hurt me, who physically harmed me. For those who were too severe
on me, punished me or made my life unpleasant in any way, I do forgive them.
Lord, I forgive my SPOUSE for
lack of love, affection, consideration, support, attention, communication;
for faults, failings, weaknesses and those other acts or words that hurt or
Jesus, I forgive my CHILDREN for their lack of respect,
obedience, love, attention, support, warmth, and understanding; for their
bad habits, falling away from the church, any bad actions which disturb me.
My God, I forgive my IN-LAWS,
my mother-in-law, father-in-law, son/daughter-in-law and other relatives by
marriage, who treat my family with a lack of love. For all their words,
thoughts, actions or omissions, which injure and cause pain, I forgive them.
Please help me to forgive my
RELATIVES, my grandmother and grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins who may
have interfered in our family, been possessive of my parents, who may have
caused confusion or turned one parent against another.
Jesus, help me to forgive my
CO-WORKERS who are disagreeable or make life miserable for me. For those who
push their work off on me, gossip about me, won't cooperate with me, try to
take my job, I do forgive them.
My NEIGHBORS need to be
forgiven, Lord. For all their noise, letting their property run down, not
tying up their dogs, who run through my yard, not taking in their trash
barrels, being prejudiced and running down the neighborhood, I do forgive
I now forgive all priests,
ministers, nuns, my parish, parish organizations, my pastor, bishop, the
Pope, and the church for their lack of support, affirmation, bad sermons,
pettiness, lack of friendliness, not providing my family with the
inspiration we needed, for any hurts they have inflicted on me or my family,
even in the distant past, I forgive them today.
Lord, I forgive all those who
are of different PERSUASIONS, those of opposite political views who have
attacked me, ridiculed me, discriminated against me, made fun of me,
economically hurt me.
I forgive those of different
religious DENOMINATIONS who have tried to convert me, harassed me, attacked
me, argued with me, forced their views on me.
Those who have harmed me
ETHNICALLY, have discriminated against me, mocked me, made jokes about my
race or nationality, hurt my family physically, emotionally or economically,
I do forgive them today.
Lord, I forgive all
PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE who have hurt me in any way: doctors, nurses, lawyers,
judges, politicians and civil servants. I forgive all service people:
policemen, firemen, bus drivers, hospital workers and especially repairmen
who have taken advantage of me in their work.
Lord, I forgive my EMPLOYER
for not paying me enough money, for not appreciating my work, for being
unkind and unreasonable with me, for being angry and unfriendly, for not
promoting me, and for not complimenting me on my work.
Lord, I forgive my
SCHOOLTEACHERS AND INSTRUCTORS of the past as well as the present. For those
who punished me, humiliated me, insulted me, treated me unjustly, made fun
of stupid, made me stay after school, or me, called my dumb I truly forgive
Lord, I forgive my FRIENDS who
have let me down, lost contact with me, do not support me, were not
available when I needed help, borrowed money and did not return it, gossiped
Lord Jesus, I especially pray
for the grace of forgiveness for that ONE PERSON in life who has HURT ME THE
MOST. I ask to forgive anyone who I consider my greatest enemy, the one who
is the hardest to forgive, the one I said I will never forgive.
Lord, I beg pardon of all
these people for the hurt I have inflicted on them, especially my mother and
father, and my marriage partner. I am especially sorry for the three
greatest hurts I have inflicted on them.
Thank you, Jesus, that I am
being freed of the evil of unforgiveness. Let your Holy Spirit fill me with
light and let every dark area of my mind be enlightened. AMEN.
∑ Forgiveness is an act of the
will, not a feeling. If we pray for a person, we can be assured that we have
forgiven that person.
∑ To help
accept an individual and open ourselves to a particular person more,
visualize him with the Lord Jesus and say to the Lord, "I love him because
You love him."
IS A LIFE-LONG OBLIGATION.
∑ Daily we
need to forgive those who hurt or injure us.
∑ "This is my
commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12)