Category: Prayers during lent

Lent is a period of forty(40) days of fasting and prayer for Christians before Easter Sunday. It begins on Ash Wednesdnesday and celebrated on Shrove Tuesday in preparation for the flesh denial. Many Christian denominations deny the flesh, give up food and water, with the faith to purify the heart and connect with God spiritually in fasting and praying.

7 Bible Prayers of Forgiveness and Repentance from When Christians Hurt Each Other

Christians sometimes struggle with forgiveness and repentance. When we get hurt, we want immediate justice and vengeance. And when we hurt other people’s feelings, we find it hard to swallow our pride, reflect upon our actions, accept our faults, repent from our sins and make amends where necessary.

Instead of fighting for peace, we pursue deceit and end up being defeated. Instead of letting go and letting God fight the battle, we allow the flesh to rule and lead us into taking matters into our own hands and taking vengeance whenever we can.

This fight against flesh is the first fight we must conquer in order to become Christ-like. Christ who was led to the slaughter yet he did not open his mouth to condemn anybody though he had the power to stop his tormentors not once did he lift a finger neither did he speak a word to curse instead he prayed for them saying, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Isaiah 53:7, Luke 23:34).

You may not have done it on purpose, but for some reasons beyond your imagination, you may have found out that you hurt other people’s feelings and you will like to reconcile this before God. Perhaps the Holy Spirit has convicted you of hurting other people’s feelings and you wonder how to go about it. The following Bible Prayer will help you to pray for God’s forgiveness and cause you to repent from hurting others henceforth.

Prayer out loud Bible Prayer of forgiveness and Repentance

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Dear God, I know nothing is hidden before you and you know all things. You search deeper within the way things appear and you watch my heart and my intentions at all times. (Luke 8:17)

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I come humbly before you today asking that you forgive me for when I have not obeyed your commandment, to love others as you have loved me.
(John 15:12)
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Forgive me for the times when I have despised wisdom and instruction and I have not done unto others as I would like for them to do to me.
(Proverbs 1:7), (Luke 6:31)
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Forgive me for the times I have not been sensitive enough to the sufferings of my brothers and sisters in Christ but rather I have focused solely on my own sufferings.
(1 Peter 5:9)
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Forgive me for the times I have not loved my enemies and pray for those who persecuted me.
(Matthew 5:44)
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Forgive me for holding onto the hurts I have suffered from others and using it against my brothers and sisters in Christ.
(Matthew 6:14-15)
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Help me to forgive others just as you have forgiven me so that we can all be healed through your healing balm in Jesus name I pray. Amen
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Prayer of Forgiveness for Telling Lies and Being Deceitful

Telling lies and being deceitful is a plague many people suffer. Call it a white lie or a dark lie, a lie is still a lie and it is one of the detestable sins before God(Proverbs 6:16-19).  It wearies the soul, hurts those we love and slowly eats at our flesh. Once lies and deceits have their claws sunk into the human mind, it is difficult for the tongue to regain its freedom.

Nobody who tells lies will enter heaven(Revelation 21:8, Revelation 21:27,1 Corinthians 6:9-11) unless you ask for forgiveness and you repent of telling lies. Sin hurts us and separates us from God. When we sin, we die a slow death physically and spiritually. You may be suffering from this plague of telling lies and being deceitful. You can ask God for the forgiveness of your sin, repent of this detestable sin, turn away from lying and deception and God will write your name in the book of life.

Prayer of Forgiveness for Telling Lies and Being Deceitful

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Dear God, Forgive me for ever telling lies and being deceitful to people and most importantly to those I love.
My heart is heavy and my conscience is filled with guilt.
I know if I do not confess and repent of my sins you will not hear me.
The Bible says that telling lies and being deceitful is one of the detestable sins before you
Also, one of your commandments say that we should not tell lies (Leviticus 19:11) but I have been disobedient and my conscience is filled with guilt, please forgive me..
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I come before you in the name of Jesus and ask for the forgiveness of my sins. Forgive me for all the lies I have ever told anybody.
Forgive me for hiding my sins from you and covering up with excuses thereby grieving the Holy Spirit whom you sent to be my guide and comforter.
Forgive me also for the lies I tell myself thereby opening the doors for the devil to attack my mind and body.
Teach me to speak the truth always and to give honest answer at all times
I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Forgive me for being deceitful in my words and in actions.
I know through your word that nobody who is deceitful will dwell in your house or stand in your presence. Psalm 101:7
I know you destroy those who tell lies and you hate those who are deceitful
Forgive me for hating and hurting others with lies. Proverbs 26:28
Deliver me from telling lies, it wearies my soul and puts me in trouble. Proverbs 17:20, Jeremiah 9:5
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Dear God, teach me to speak the truth always. Help me to be honest at all times. Proverbs 24:26
Keep falsehood and lies far from me. Proverbs 30:7, 8
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. Psalm 119:29
Keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking lies that I may see many good days. Psalm 34:12-13
Help me to hate deceits and falsehood but to love your law. Psalm 119:163
Establish the truth on my lips and let it endure forever. Proverbs 12:19
This I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Are You Observing Lent? Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) About Lent Answered

Lent starts today. Are you observing lent? What is lent? What is the purpose of lent? How long is Lent? Should Christians observe lent? and how should Christians observe lent?

What is Lent?

Lent is the period of forty(40) days, about six weeks of fasting and praying for Christians. It has been linked to the accounts of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, in commemoration of the period of fasting of Jesus Christ in the wilderness before his temptation and the beginning of his ministry. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and it ends on Easter Sunday.

It is a season where many Christians deny the flesh, give up food and water, with the hope to connect with God through prayers, repentance of sins, atonement and giving of alms. Not all denominations participate but the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Calvinist, Lutheran, Methodist, Orthodox, Anabaptist and some Evangelicals participate in the season.

What is the purpose of Lent?

Its main purpose is to deny the flesh of its luxuries in participating in the suffering of Christ which leads to the death, the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ accounted for in the New Testament of the Bible. Christs’ suffering started on the night he was arrested, beaten and tortured before his crucifixion and his death on Good Friday. All of these leads to a joyful celebration of Easter Sunday.

Is Lent compulsory for all Christians?

Lent is not compulsory for all Christians. In fact, it is not mentioned in the Bible but it is linked to the Bible verse instructing Christians on how to fast and pray(Mathew 6:16-18). Many Christians who observe lent participate in a traditional culture established by the church at Rome during the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, when Emperor Constantine officially recognized church as the Roman Empire’s state religion.

What is the duration of Lent?

Lent is for a period of forty days.

What Should a Christian give up for Lent?

Many Christians give up food and water during the day and they break their fast usually in the evening.

What should I do during Lent?

During Lent, many Christians fast and pray. Some Christians commit to reading the whole Bible during this period. Other Christians commit to reading a devotional to help them get closer to God. Some denominations use The stations of the Cross devotional, Many Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches remove flowers from their altars, while crucifixes, religious statues, and other elaborate religious symbols are often veiled in violet fabrics in solemn observance of the event. Throughout Christendom, some adherents mark the season with the traditional abstention from the consumption of meat, most notably among Roman Catholics – Wikipedia.

Christians who observe lent must not do it as a religious exercise but as a way to build a closer relationship with God. It must be done with humility before God and in sincereness of heart. Lent should be a time to humble the heart, purify the heart and the mind from its lustful desires. It must be a time to reflect, repent and pray to God in preparation for a lifestyle of holiness.

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