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11
Jun

A Prayer of Forgiveness

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 100, Hebrews 12:14-15

 

Reflections of the Heart:

Alan Brandt was quoted in print in 1995 as saying “Being resentful, they say, is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die” and the same year he was also quoted as saying “Resentment is like taking poison and hoping it’ll kill someone else.” www.quora.com

 

Scriptural Prayer:


Beloved Father, thank You for loving, forgiving and saving us.  Thank You for giving us opportunities each day to show love and forgiveness to others.  Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing and abundance in our lives. Lord, You are great!  You are most worthy of praise! No one can measure Your greatness. We will let all that is within us praise You, Lord; with our whole hearts, we will praise Your Holy Name.  We will never forget the good things You do for us. You forgive all our sins and heal all diseases. You crown us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. You fill our lives with good things so that our youth is renewed like that of the eagle’s!  

 

Righteous Father, Your Word says that we are to make allowance for the faults of others and forgive anyone who offends us.  We remember that You forgave us, so we, therefore, must forgive others. We will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.  We will intentionally show deep love for each other and for our family members and friends because love covers a multitude of sins. We will not copy the behavior and customs of this world but will let You transform us into new persons by changing the way we think.  Then we will learn to know Your will for us, Lord, which is good and pleasing and perfect. We confess that we will not worry about anything; instead, we will pray about everything.  We will tell You what we need and thank You for all You have already done. Through prayer, we will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so we will have all the endurance and patience needed.  May we be refilled daily with Your joy.

 

Holy Spirit, help us understand that You love us unconditionally and that You are a forgiving God.  Reveal any unforgiveness that is in our hearts and give us wisdom and courage to seek spiritual and/or professional counseling.  Help us understand unforgiveness, which is classified as a disease in medical books, can lead to heart disease, cancer and other stress-related illnesses.  Touch and renew our hearts so that we release the past and go forward, fully forgiving others of any offenses. Give us the peace and freedom that come from letting go and allowing You to fill our hearts with love.

 

Forgiving Father, please forgive us for all acts of sinfulness including jealousy, contempt, pride, bitterness, hatred, malice and holding grudges.  Forgive us when we engage in acts of unforgiveness such as arguments, criticism, lying, gossiping and vengeful acts within our families, friends, workplace and community relationships.  Forgive us for expecting to be forgiven by You when we choose not to forgive others for past offenses.   Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind all of us of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them say, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray to forgive myself and others today.

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Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King; Your rule is everlasting.  All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You.  All of Your acts are just and true.  You alone have held the oceans in Your hand.  You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth.  The Lord God Almighty is Your Name.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 145:1-3, Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV), Colossians 3:13, James 1:19, 1 Peter 4:8, Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 1:11, Matthew 6:13, Daniel 4:34-35,37, Isaiah 40:12

11
Jun

A Prayer of Forgiveness for Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 108:1-5, Matthew 18:21-35

 

Reflections of the Heart:

It is impossible to live and not be hurt or offended.  Jesus said, “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive.  Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”  Luke 17:3-4

 

Scriptural Prayer:


Beloved Father, thank You for loving, forgiving and saving families. Thank You for giving them opportunities each day to show love and forgiveness to their neighbors, employers, friends, families, and others.  Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing and abundance in their work and personal lives. Lord, You are great! You are most worthy of praise! No one can measure Your greatness. Families will let all that they are praise You, Lord; with their whole hearts, they will praise Your Holy Name.  They will never forget the good things You do for them. You forgive all their sins and heal all their diseases. You crown them with lovingkindness and tender mercies. You fill their lives with good things. Their youth is renewed like that of the eagle’s!

 

Righteous Father, Your Word tells families that they are to make allowance for the faults of others and forgive anyone who offends them.  They will remember You forgave them, so they must forgive others. They will be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. We expect families to show deep love for each other and their family members and friends because love covers a multitude of sins.  They will not copy the behavior and customs of this world but will let You transform them into new persons by changing the way they think.  Then they will learn to know Your will for them, Lord, which is good and pleasing and perfect. By faith, we confess that families will not worry about anything; instead, they will pray about everything.  They will tell You what they need and thank You for all You have done. We pray that they will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so they will have all the endurance and patience they need to succeed.  They will be filled with joy!

 

Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray for families to forgive themselves and others today.

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Holy Spirit, help families understand that God loves them unconditionally. Reveal any unforgiveness that is in their hearts and give them wisdom and courage to seek spiritual and/or professional counseling to identify the root cause so they may heal. Remind them that when they walk in unforgiveness, they are walking in disobedience away from You and out of alignment with Your plans for them. Help them to understand unforgiveness, which is classified as a disease in medical books, can lead to heart disease, cancer, and other stress-related illnesses. Touch and renew the hearts of families so they release the past and go forward, fully forgiving others of all offenses as You forgive them. Help them not to be so easily offended. Give them the peace and freedom that come from letting go and allowing You to fill their hearts with love.

 

Merciful Father, please forgive families for all acts of sinfulness, including jealousy, contempt, pride, bitterness, criticism, lying, gossiping, hatred, holding grudges and seeking revenge.  Help them when they refuse to forgive family members who have done hurtful things. Forgive those families who choose not to forgive others for past offenses. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind all families of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King; Your rule is everlasting.  All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You.  All of Your acts are just and true.  You alone have held the oceans in Your hand.  You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth.  The Lord God Almighty is Your Name.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 145:3, Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV), Colossians 3:13, James 1:19, 1 Peter 4:8, Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 1:11, Matthew 6:13, Daniel 4:34-35,37, Isaiah 40:12

10
Apr

April 10: A Prayer Regarding Unforgiveness Toward Self

Magnificent Father, thank You for loving us, forgiving us and saving us. Thank You for being patient with us. Thank You for blotting out our sins and never thinking about them again. Thank You for helping each of us to forgive ourselves for past sins, mistakes and failures. Teach us Your decrees, O Lord; we will keep them to the end. Give us understanding and we will obey Your instructions; we will put them into practice with all our hearts. Make us walk along the path of Your commands, for that is where our happiness is found. Lord, as the Body of Christ, we give thanks to You and proclaim Your greatness. We will let the whole world know what You have done. We sing praises to You and exalt in Your Holy Name.
Righteous Father, according to Your Word, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. So we declare that those persons in the Body of Christ who need to forgive themselves from their past will begin to walk in freedom instead of condemnation. They will truly recognize that they are new people in Christ; their old lives, including the sins and mistakes of the past, are gone and a new life has begun. We declare that they know Your voice and the voice of a stranger they will not follow; so they will no longer entertain the thoughts of self-condemnation or criticism that the enemy would attempt to implant in their minds. They will destroy every proud obstacle that keeps them from knowing You and the freedom they have in You. They will capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
Holy Spirit, we ask You to help all of us to forgive people who have hurt us, including ourselves. Heal our emotions that have been wounded and teach us how to love unconditionally. Help us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Holy Spirit, remind us to use Your power living on the inside of us which helps us in all things. Lord, help us to extend mercy to others and forget the past so that we can move forward toward our futures.
Forgiving Father, we know that we have not always demonstrated Your character. Please have mercy upon us and do not take Your Spirit from us. You are our strong tower; without You we will perish. Please forgive us for not forgiving ourselves when You have already forgiven us. Forgive us for not letting Your love flow through us. Forgive us for rehearsing our past offenses in our minds. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all to forgive each other and other people, and please help us to forgive.

As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Write down those things that you are struggling to forgive yourself for. After you ask God to forgive you for that sin, draw a line through it as a reminder that it is now forgiven!
Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.
Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King, Your rule is everlasting. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You. All of Your acts are just and true. You alone have held the oceans in Your hand. You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth. The Lord God Almighty is Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

09
Apr

April 9: A Prayer of Forgiveness of Others

Magnificent Father, thank You for loving us, forgiving us and saving us. Thank You for being patient with us. Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing, and abundance in our lives. We give thanks to You and proclaim Your greatness. Lord, we will let the whole world know what You have done in our lives. We will sing to You the praises due Your Name and tell everyone about Your wonderful deeds. Father, You are our God; we earnestly search for You. Our souls thirst for You; our bodies long for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. We have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how we praise You!
Righteous Father, Your Word tells us that if we forgive those who have sinned against us, then You, our Heavenly Father, will forgive us. Today, we choose to forgive. We declare that we will be patient with people and forgive those who have offended us personally.
Holy Spirit, we ask You to help all of us individually and as a community to forgive the people who have hurt us. Heal our emotions that have been wounded and teach us how to love unconditionally. Help us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Holy Spirit, remind us to use Your power, that lives on the inside of us and helps us in all things. Remove all fear and continue to extend Your love and mercy toward us. Lord, help us to extend mercy to others and forget the past so that we can move forward toward our futures.
Forgiving Father, please forgive us for not being forgiving. Forgive us for holding grudges, thinking evil thoughts, and seeking revenge. Forgive us for hatred and malice. Forgive us for not letting Your love flow through us. Forgive us for gossiping, lying and for rehearsing offenses in our minds. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all to forgive each other and other people, and please help us to forgive.

As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Write the person(s) name(s) and beside it write “you are forgiven”! If you need to ask someone for forgiveness, then ask and move forward in your life.
Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.
Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King, Your rule is everlasting. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You. All of Your acts are just and true. You alone have held the oceans in Your hand. You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth. The Lord God Almighty is Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

24
Mar

March 24: A Prayer for Incarcerated Youth and Adults

 Worthy Father, we thank You for being a God of grace and mercy.  Thank You for protecting our friends, family members and loved ones who are incarcerated.  Thank You for Your faithful love which endures forever. Lord of Heaven’s Armies, You are our strength and our song; You have given us victory!  You are our God and we will praise You.  Lord, You are a warrior; Yahweh is Your Name.  Your right hand is glorious in power and smashes the enemy.  O Lord, who is like You among the gods?  You are glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor and You perform great wonders.

Forgiving Father, we commit our incarcerated loved ones to You.  We confess that as they trust in You and give You their lives that You will be with them and not allow them to be disgraced nor will You let their enemies rejoice in their defeat.  We declare that You will show our incarcerated youth and adults the right path and point out the road for them to follow.  We decree that they will be obedient and allow Your truth to lead and teach them.  We confess that it is in You and You alone that they will put their hope.  We declare a hedge of protection around our loved ones and that no weapon formed against them will prosper.  They will not follow the advice of the wicked, nor stand around with sinners, neither will they join in with mockers.  But, they will delight in Your Word, Father, and meditate on it day and night.  We confess that You, Lord, will be their refuge and their place of safety.  They will be rescued from every trap that is laid before them and protected from deadly disease.  They will not fear the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.  We confess that they will lie down and sleep at night and wake up in safety because You are watching over them.  In all that they say and do, we declare that they will let their light shine so that those around them will see their good works and glorify You, their Father in heaven.  For those youth and adults who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we confess that they will receive the Good News of the Gospel and confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that You raised Christ from the dead, so that they will be saved.

List the youth or adults that you know who are incarcerated and commit to praying for them this month:

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Holy Spirit, we ask that You will encourage those who have become discouraged. Remind them that the Father is forever with them, for He will never leave nor abandon them.  For those who have been wrongfully imprisoned, we ask that You would bring truth and revelation to their cases and open doors for them to be released.  Please strengthen their faith in the Father and draw them closer to Him.  Please comfort, strengthen and encourage the family members, especially the children whose parent is incarcerated.  Heal their hearts and mend any wound that the absence of this parent has created in their life.  Please protect them from the evil words and comments that society may attempt to put upon them.  Please destroy every generational cycle of incarceration within our families and community.  Please create within the Body of Christ a heart of compassion to minister to those who are incarcerated and to their families.

Faithful Father, we ask You to forgive the sins of those who are incarcerated.  Forgive them for making wrong choices and bad decisions.  Forgive them for trusting in their ways instead of Yours.  Forgive those who hold anger, bitterness and resentment.  Forgive our judicial system for wrongfully imprisoning the innocent.  Forgive those of us who have judged them wrongfully.  Forgive those of us who have helped them make poor choices by not teaching them Your ways.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our incarcerated youth and adults of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help them to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

Almighty Lord, You alone are God.  You are the First and the Last.  It was Your hand that laid the foundations of the earth; Your right hand spread out the heavens above.  When You call the stars, they all appear in order.  You are holy, holy, holy, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies; the whole earth is filled with Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

07
Dec

December 7: A Prayer for Incarcerated Youth and Adults

Worthy Father, we thank You for being a God of grace and mercy.  Thank You for protecting our friends, family members and loved ones who are incarcerated.  Thank You for Your faithful love which endures forever. Lord of Heaven’s Armies, You are our strength and our song; You have given us victory!  You are our God and we will praise You.  Lord, You are a warrior; Yahweh is Your Name.  Your right hand is glorious in power and smashes the enemy.  O Lord, who is like You among the gods?  You are glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor and You perform great wonders.

Forgiving Father, we commit our incarcerated loved ones to You.  We confess that as they trust in You and give You their lives that You will be with them and not allow them to be disgraced nor will You let their enemies rejoice in their defeat.  We declare that You will show our incarcerated youth and adults the right path and point out the road for them to follow.  We decree that they will be obedient and allow Your truth to lead and teach them.  We confess that it is in You and You alone that they will put their hope.  We declare a hedge of protection around our loved ones and that no weapon formed against them will prosper.  They will not follow the advice of the wicked, nor stand around with sinners, neither will they join in with mockers.  But, they will delight in Your Word, Father, and meditate on it day and night.  We confess that You, Lord, will be their refuge and their place of safety.

 

List the youth or adults that you know who are incarcerated and commit to praying for them this month:

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Holy Spirit, we ask that You will encourage those who have become discouraged. Remind them that the Father is forever with them, for He will never leave nor abandon them.  For those who have been wrongfully imprisoned, we ask that You would bring truth and revelation to their cases and open doors for them to be released.  Please strengthen their faith in the Father and draw them closer to Him.  Please comfort, strengthen and encourage the family members, especially the children whose parent is incarcerated.  Heal their hearts and mend any wound that the absence of this parent has created in their life.  Please protect them from the evil words and comments that society may attempt to put upon them.  Please destroy every generational cycle of incarceration within our families and community.  Please create within our Church Family a heart of compassion to minister to those who are incarcerated and to their families.

 

Faithful Father, we ask You to forgive the sins of those who are incarcerated.  Forgive them for making wrong choices and bad decisions.  Forgive them for trusting in their ways instead of Yours.  Forgive those who hold anger, bitterness and resentment.  Forgive our judicial system for wrongfully imprisoning the innocent.  Forgive those of us who have judged them wrongfully.  Forgive those of us who have helped them make poor choices by not teaching them Your ways.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our incarcerated youth and adults of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help them to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Almighty Lord, You alone are God.  You are the First and the Last.  It was Your hand that laid the foundations of the earth; Your right hand spread out the heavens above.  When You call the stars, they all appear in order.  You are holy, holy, holy, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies; the whole earth is filled with Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

23
Sep

September 23: A Prayer for the Day of Atonement

Our Father in heaven, we honor Your Name. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, as the sacrificial lamb and High Priest who atones for our sins.  It is because of Him, we can say, “Abba Father,” and for this we are grateful.   Thank You for this special time of refreshing, repentance, and restoration.  Thank You for taking the legalism, ritualism, and religiosity out of this day by making it about restoring, reestablishing, and strengthening our relationship with You and others. We are so appreciative that You desire, that we, Your children, experience Your atonement every year.  No pagan god is like You, O Lord; none can do what You do! All the nations You made will come and bow before You, Lord; they will praise Your holy Name.  You are great, and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God.  Where is another God like You, who pardons the guilt of the remnant and overlooks the sins of Your special people? You will not stay angry with Your people forever, because You delight in showing unfailing love.  Once again You will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under Your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! For this we are thankful.

 

Glorious Father, as the Body of Christ, we acknowledge that we all have sinned and fallen short of Your glorious standard.  But, You, in Your gracious kindness have declared us not guilty because of the sacrifice of our Lord, Christ Jesus.  Lord, we are expecting You to hear us, forgive our sins, and heal our land because we are Your people who are called by Your Name, who humble ourselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways.  We declare that we will strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress.  We will continue to run with endurance the race that You have set before us. We come with the expectation that all guilt, shame, regret, disgrace, defilement, and dishonor will be eradicated from our lives because we know that when we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Hallel YAH!

 

Loving Father, search our hearts and know our thoughts. Point out anything in us that offends You and lead us along the path of everlasting life. Holy Spirit, help us to admit our sin and guilt and to come into agreement with the Father about our sin.  Bring to our remembrance any past sins which we may have buried deep down because the thought of them may be too painful.  Help us to deal with and process any secret sins which we do not want others to know about.  Holy Spirit, lead us to and help us receive God’s forgiveness and restoration. Help us to accept and fully understand God’s love for us and not get stuck in regret and condemnation. Assist us in repentance by helping us to turn away, walk away, stay away, and to never look back.

 

Begin to list, confess, and repent of all your sins and mistakes.  Let the Holy Spirit help you empty yourself.  He will guard your heart and emotions as you pour yourself out before the Lord.  If you feel like crying, then cry.  If you feel like screaming, then scream.  Let the Lord work on you inwardly.  Do not be afraid.  God is with you and He will lead you through this time of repentance.

 

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After you have confessed and repented from each sin, thank God for forgiveness and His cleansing power.  Write in bold letters, across the list, F-O-R-G-I-V-E-N.

 

Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, as the Body of Christ, help us to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Reigning Lord, You are Holy.  You are the blessed and only Almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  You alone can never die, and You live in light so brilliant that no human can approach You.  No one has ever seen You, nor ever will.  To You be honor and power forever, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

21
Sep

September 22: A Prayer of Forgiveness of Others

Magnificent Father, thank You for loving us, forgiving us and saving us.  Thank You for being patient with us. Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing, and abundance in our lives.  We give thanks to You and proclaim Your greatness.  Lord, we will let the whole world know what You have done in our lives.  We will sing to You the praises due Your Name and tell everyone about Your wonderful deeds.  Father, You are our God; we earnestly search for You.  Our souls thirst for You; our bodies long for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water.  We have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory.  Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how we praise You!

Righteous Father, Your Word tells us that if we forgive those who have sinned against us, then You, our Heavenly Father, will forgive us.  Today, we choose to forgive.  We declare that we will be patient with people and forgive those who have offended us personally.

Holy Spirit, we ask You to help all of us individually and as a community to forgive the people who have hurt us.  Heal our emotions that have been wounded and teach us how to love unconditionally.  Help us to be quick to listen and slow to speak.  Holy Spirit, remind us to use Your power, that lives on the inside of us and helps us in all things.  Remove all fear and continue to extend Your love and mercy toward us.  Lord, help us to extend mercy to others and forget the past so that we can move forward toward our futures.

Forgiving Father, please forgive us for not being forgiving.  Forgive us for holding grudges, thinking evil thoughts, and seeking revenge.  Forgive us for hatred and malice.  Forgive us for not letting Your love flow through us.  Forgive us for gossiping, lying and for rehearsing offenses in our minds.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us all to forgive each other and other people, and please help us to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Write the person(s) name(s) and beside it write “you are forgiven”!  If you need to ask someone for forgiveness, then ask and move forward in your life.

Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King, Your rule is everlasting.  All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You.  All of Your acts are just and true.  You alone have held the oceans in Your hand.  You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth.  The Lord God Almighty is Your Name.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

21
Sep

September 21: A Prayer of Repentance and Self-Examination

Loving Father, thank You for providing this special time of year for us to examine our lives. Thank You for Your Word which is a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path. Thank You for sometimes allowing us to suffer afflictions and trials, for You are always faithful to bring us out with a greater knowledge of who we are in Christ. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us to lead and guide us every day. How good it is when we come together as the Body of Christ to sing praises to You! Throughout our lives, You have been faithful to heal our broken hearts and bandage our wounds. You support the humble, but bring the wicked down into the dust. We sing out our thanks to You, Lord. Your delight is in those who fear You; who put our hope in Your unfailing love. We give You glory! You have truly blessed us within our own homes. You send peace across our nation and satisfy our hunger with the finest wheat. We praise You, Lord!

Heavenly Father, we know that only those whose hands and hearts are pure can stand in Your Holy presence. We cannot worship idols and we must never tell lies. We know that if we want to receive Your blessing, we must first have right relationship with You. During this week of repentance and self-examination, we take the time to examine ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to show us where we have sinned. As the Body of Christ, we prepare our hearts and lift up our hands to You in prayer. We denounce our sins and leave our iniquity behind us. As we repent, we expect our faces to brighten with innocence.  We will be strong and free of fear. Misery has to flow away from us like water and our righteousness is brighter than the noonday. We look forward to being in Your presence. Father, we come before You this week, running with purpose in every step, not just shadowboxing. As the Body of Christ, we commit to discipline ourselves to do what we should so that our witness to those who do not know You will not be disqualified.

 

I am not perfect, but I know that I can do better in the following areas of my life:

 

Holy Spirit, in our own strength, our efforts to change are futile. We ask You to help us release total control of our lives into Your hands. With Your help we can overcome our sinful ways. Lead us daily and remind us that we have been bought with a high price. Remind us of the spiritual laws You have taught us and help us to store the Father’s commands in our hearts. Help us to trust in You with all our hearts and get away from depending on our own understanding. Remind us to seek the Father’s will in all that we do. Help us not to be impressed with our own wisdom, but instead, strengthen us to fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

 

Holy Spirit, show me the sins that have a foothold in my life. (List those areas). I will take the following actions to break sin’s hold on my life:

 

Merciful Father, forgive us collectively and individually for the sins that we have committed against You. Forgive us for being prideful and deceiving ourselves. Forgive us for repeatedly making empty promises to You. Forgive us for being so quick to rush into sin. Forgive us for spending more time watching TV, texting, tweeting, and talking on Facebook, than praying, reading Your Word, and manifesting Your Kingdom by helping others. Forgive us for behaving disrespectfully toward our spiritual leaders when they rebuke our disobedience. Forgive us for lying, gossiping, and holding grudges against our brothers and sisters in Christ. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all of all those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show You names or faces of people that You may need to forgive. As He shows You, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in Your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Magnificent King, You count all the stars and call them all by name. You are great and Your power is absolute. Your understanding is beyond comprehension! All glory to You alone, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are Yours before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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A Prayer of Repentance

A Prayer of Repentance

Scripture Reading:

Jeremiah 10:6-16, Matthew 3:1-2, II Corinthians 7:9-10

Reflections of the Heart:

It is empowering to know that birth into the Kingdom of God is available to anyone by hearing the call to salvation, choosing to reject and repent of sin, and turning away from sin toward Christ Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. That is repentance unto God’s good work.

Scriptural Prayer:

Father God, You hear and attend to our prayer because we come in submission according to Your Word. From the ends of the earth, we cry to You for help when our hearts are overwhelmed. Your Word leads us to the towering rock of safety, for You are our safe refuge, a fortress where our enemies cannot reach us. We will live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings. We will praise You, Lord, with our whole heart. Heavenly Father, we thank You for men and women messengers who teach Your Word of repentance. We are grateful that when we are converted, our sins are wiped away so that times of refreshment may come from the presence of the Lord. Thank You for loving us in spite of our faults.

Heavenly Father, You have given clear instruction to Your people, from John the Baptist, throughout Jesus’ ministry, in the disciples’ ministry during Jesus’ time on earth and throughout Acts. Without acting on Your Word of repentance, salvation is retarded. Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Jesus prophesied this same message would be taken to the ends of the world, commissioning His disciples  to do this ministry of repentance and promising the power of the Holy Spirit to help fulfill God’s work. Father God, we know that You require repentance to be baptized into the body of Christ – into Your family. When Jesus began to preach after being tempted of the devil, He said, “Repent of your sins and turn to God for the kingdom of heaven is near.” The inauguration of Your ongoing grace offers salvation to anyone who has faith in the Name of Jesus. Repentance from sin is the first step toward being redeemed from death to eternal life for the Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. In it, Your righteousness is revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, the just shall live by faith.

Holy Spirit, inspire Christian men and women who will not be ashamed to pursue excellence in Christ and spread the Good News of repentance and belief in the Gospel of Your Kingdom. Father, You have told us that everyone has sinned. We all fall short of Your glorious standard. Therefore, we ask now that the Holy Spirit will always counsel us to recognize our sins and inspire us to repent and turn from evil, as You have commanded us to do. We will do this because we know that You will not reject a broken and repentant heart.  Let it be unto us according to Your Word.

Holy Spirit, reveal to me sins hidden in my heart for which I need to repent:

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Merciful Father, forgive the ignorance tolerated by the children of Your kingdom who have not been taught, or who have refused to submit to learn, the importance of repentance. Forgive those who have evil thoughts when they repent of their wickedness. Forgive us for half-hearted worship.  Forgive us for stubbornness, rebellion, and arrogance.  Forgive us for disobedience.  Although You may become weary with our repenting, we know that You will forgive us, even seven times seventy in a day if need be, for You have taught us to continually forgive our neighbor.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Father, help us to not yield to temptation but, deliver us from the evil one.

Almighty God, You are so gracious to Your people. You restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. You take no pleasure in the death of anyone. Praise to our Rock! May the God of our salvation be exalted! In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

Scripture References for the Written Text: Acts 3:19, Psalm 61:1-4, Psalms 111:1-4, Acts 3:19-20, Matthew 3:12, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 9:1-2, II Corinthians 7:9-10, James 2:17, Matthew 24:14, Mark 14:15-18, Acts 1:3-8, Acts 4:17, Acts 3:11, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 3:23, Job 36:9-10, Psalm 51:17, Acts 8:22, Jeremiah 15:6, Luke 17:4, James 1:13, I John 5:4, Isaiah 57:15, Ezekiel 18:32, Psalm 18:46

 

Today, I will trust God to:

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