Salvation ... comes from the Lord ... because they take refuge in him. (Psalm 37:39-40)

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sample Prayer of Forgiveness

In the previous two articles, we explored the basic elements for practicing healing prayer.  Though encountering God may look different for different people, holding on to the Truth is what sets us free.   Many times our most life changing experiences with God involve some aspects of forgiveness.   
A common practice for healing prayer ministers is to use sample prayers to express elements of confession, repentance, forgiveness, and renunciation of beliefs and actions causing problems in our lives.  A weakness of relying on a sample prayer is the inability to cover all the bases for all people.  No two persons and their situations are exactly alike.  Some things in a prayer may not apply to a particular person, or some things essential or a particular person may be omitted from the prayer.  However, a strength of a sample prayer is that it can provide a foundational starting place.     
Please use the prayer below as a starting point for connecting with God in forgiveness.  This prayer was developed over time.  It is based in Scripture, and only scratches the surface in helping to apply forgiveness to daily life.  The more specific a person can be in filling in the blanks and making application, the more useful a prayer like this becomes.  

Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the Cross and the work you completed as the sacrifice for my sin condition.  You paid the debt I owe for my wrongdoing.  You accomplished forgiveness once and for all.  I now receive the words of Psalm 32 which says, "Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered."  I wish to acknowledge, confess, and repent for any part of, and all guilt created by, the bitterness, resentment, and blame I have used to deny the hurt in my heart towards my offender(s).    Thank you too for bearing the burden of shame and setting me free. I release the shame, and receive your mercy and grace.
I let go of the things I have used to control people and circumstances to meet my expectations in ____________________  (list things as specifically as possible).   I now trust You Father God, to be strong in my weakness.  I surrender to You God, the right to  be the Judge of my offender(s) and their actions.  

Lord, I forgive  ________________  (specific person(s)) for ___________  (specific offense(s)).
By your ability (grace) Lord, I will no longer wrongly (condemningly) judge  ____________  (list persons if known, places, or organizations)  for their intentional or unintentional actions that hurt me.  I trust You to be the righteous Judge ruling with perfect justice and perfect mercy.   I give up ruminating, blaming, justifying, complaining, and all forms of denying the truth about this situation(s).   Please show me the truth about who I am as Your son (or daughter), and who you are as Father.  I choose to believe the Truth.   
Father God, where I have perceived You responsible for the pain I feel, forgive me for wrongly judging You.  Where I have falsely blamed myself, condemned myself, or hated things about myself that You created me to be, forgive me.  
Lord, heal my spirit, mind, soul, and body.   Wash me clean as I break out of the debtor's prison.  I declare myself whole, released from any torment my enemy would seek to imprison me in.  Christ has forgiven. and I choose to receive His forgiveness. Therefore, I am forgiven, and I forgive as He has forgiven.  

by Ed Hersh, Blue Rock BnB Healing Ministry