A Prayer for the Day of Atonement





Scripture Reading:  

Psalm 135, Hebrews 10:1-23


Reflections of the Heart:

Sin cuts us off from God.  It cuts us off from His presence and creates in us fear, guilt, pain, suffering, and even death.  To restore fellowship with God, we must confess and repent of our sin so that it is removed.  This is what atonement, through the blood of Jesus, does.  Because Jesus paid the price and bore our sins, we can experience at-one-ment with God.  No more shame, guilt or defilement.  So, on this special day, take spiritual inventory, confess and repent, as we fast, humble ourselves, and express sorrow, and expect all disgrace, contamination, and uncleanness to be gone.  We will be restored to full fellowship with our heavenly Father. Hallel YAH!


Scriptural Prayer:

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 a Church Family, 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 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, as a Church Family, help us not to 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.


Scripture References for the Written Text:   Hebrews 10:12, Galatians 4:6, Psalm 86:8-10, Micah 7:18-19, Romans 3:23-25, II Chronicles 7:14, Hebrews 12:1,1John 1:9, Psalm 139:23-24, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16 

Today, I will trust God to: 



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