A Modern Prayer of Repentance
I lay bear before you the darkest areas of my life.
I give you the things which I have done wrong,
And the areas where I have failed to act as I should.
I never want to live like this again.
Right now I chose to turn away from everything I know to be wrong about my life.
As I kneel before you in adoration
I ask for your forgiveness,
And I give you all my shame, guilt and wrongdoing.
Thank you that you accept me and embrace me.
Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit now.
Focus my heart on You,
And empower me in everything that I do.
I ask all this in the precious name of Jesus,
My Saviour and Protector.
(a modern prayer for repentance from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Catholic prayer of repentance
I beseech Thee, O Most Blessed Trinity,
to shed the fire of Thy merciful love upon this most frigid heart,
to let shine upon this most darkened mind,
the light of the Son,
in whom alone is every grace and truth.
Have pity on me, most Merciful God,
and regard not my sins and offenses,
but in Thy mercy forgive me yet again,
and grant me the graces to serve Thee now in fidelity and truth.
(Extract from " A Prayer of Repentance", the Franciscan Prayerbook)
Almighty God, our heavenly Father:
We have sinned against you,
through our own fault,
in thought, and word, and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
forgive us all our offenses;
and grant that we may serve you
in newness of life,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
(source: from "An Order for Compline", Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.)