Prayer for Forgiveness

A prayer for forgiveness helps you release pain and suffering. It is a step in the gradual process of forgiving. And it can help you return to an improved relationship with yourself and with another person(s).

A prayer for forgiveness can help you release the burdens of your heart. And it can help you to help another person release the burdens of their heart.

Forgiveness is not about making a right out of a wrong. It isn't about waiting for the person who caused you pain to show remorse for their actions. It's about taking the steps needed to alleviate and let go of suffering that you or someone you know is experiencing. Or vice versa, helping you to heal from causing pain to another.

Forgiveness is for you. Your own healing, health and wellbeing.

"Where there is love, there is a way." Rachel Bagby

Forgiveness is a gradual process. Sometimes it needs to be done with a helpful, caring friend, spiritual advisor or integrative health professional. Wherever you are in your process, a prayer for forgiveness helps to release and re-connect you or the person your praying for. It helps you return to wholeness.

A prayer is a thought empowered by love. A prayer for forgiveness begins with compassion. This love helps you open up to what's possible. It helps you to let go without making "right" the "wrong" of the person who offended or hurt you. And a prayer for forgiveness helps you to let go of the pain so that you shift towards a lighter and freer heart - again.

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A self-care moment. Try this: A Prayer for Forgiveness

Below is the beginning of a list of prayers for forgiveness. A prayer to help yourself or another a person heal. Modify these prayers to suit your particular situation.

You may need:
Paper or a journal/notebook.
Pen, pencil or a special writing utensil

1. Pray according to your own personal connection. Whether it is a spiritual and/or religious connection or a connection to a deeper value – connect and "communicate with the Absolute'' as Dr. Larry Dossey says about a prayer for healing.

2. Likely you have your own style or preparation for praying. If you don't, try this:

  • Take a few deep breaths.
  • Center yourself. Connect and communicate with the Absolute.
  • Think, see, feel and/or say the name of the person, yourself, place, creature or group.
  • Feel the compassionate care arising in your heart for them.
  • Set your intention that your prayers are for the greatest benefit of all concerned.

3. Pick a prayer below or modify and create your own. Pray your prayer of forgiveness as many times as you like. As frequently as you like.

Prayers to help start the forgiveness process

" For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray for the courage to forgive myself for insert offense."

" For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray for the courage to forgive insert name of person or situation."

" For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray for the courage to forgive myself and others."

" For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray for the courage to forgive myself."

Prayers for self-forgiveness

" For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I am deeply sorry for the harm I caused you, insert name of person."

" For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I made a mistake, insert mistake/offense, and I am deeply sorry for the harm I have caused. I open to forgiveness.

Prayers that help you support another person

At times we have people we care for who are unforgiving towards another person or situation yet they are open to forgiveness. These are beginning prayers to help them.

"For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray that forgiveness blossoms and grows in the heart of my insert relationship, insert name of person."

Example: " For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray that forgiveness blossoms and grows in the heart of my brother, James."

" For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray that my insert relationship, insert name of person discover forgiveness in her/his heart."

Example: " For the greatest benefit of all concerned, I pray for my brother, James. May he find forgiveness in his heart."

A prayer for forgiveness is one of the steps to forgiveness. And there are many. Click on these links for more information and exercises that can help to bring a deeper understanding of the importance of forgiveness. In a definition of forgiveness you'll find historical references. Forgiveness exercises further assist you in processing feelings. And the pages on the forgiveness letter and self-forgiveness may be helpful in opening to more compassion. Remember: small steps create big effects.

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