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Praying Hands

A Prayer for Forgiving Others

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”

 

“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!

Matthew 18:21-22

Dear Father God,

I humbly come to you in this moment, knowing who You are and who I am in You. I am angry. I am hurt. I need You. I need You to help me forgive them. I know that You have instructed us to give mercy so that we can receive mercy, to not judge so that we will not be judged, and to forgive so we can be forgiven. So Lord, I am humbly asking for Your help because I cannot do this without You. Please soften my heart towards those who have hurt me and protect it from the hands of the enemy who attempts to use unforgiveness as a foothold in my life. Help me to show those who have hurt me grace and give me Your peace that guards my heart and mind. Help me to lean on Your understanding and help me to remember that nothing happens to me but everything happens for me because You are working all things together for my good. I purpose and choose to love them, and I purpose and choose to bless them because You have instructed us to love our enemies and to pray for those who hurt/wrong us. I ask that you restore my heart into perfect health and condition, and help me to be a witness of what it means to do what You have commanded us to do above any other command: love our neighbor. Forgiveness is a part of love because love keeps no record of wrongs. Not only help me to forgive them, I pray that you heal the wounds of my heart that have come as a result of what they did to me. Rescue them from being used as a tool of the enemy, and heal anything within them that has caused them to hurt people in the way that they do. I purpose and choose to forgive them, and move forward with the cloud of God hovering over me. In Jesus' name I pray.

Amen

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