Are you struggling to forgive someone who has hurt you? If so, be reminded how Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father in Heaven …. forgive us our trespasses – as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matthew 6:12)

Here’s a prayer of “release” that may help you:

Our Father in Heaven –  only you understand how much I’ve been hurt by this person or these people. And I don’t want to carry this pain any longer. I don’t want to be a bitter person. But I need your grace and the power of the cross to release my hurt and to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me Lord. Help me to first receive your forgiveness. You know all of the ways that I have hurt others. I’m sorry for my sins. Jesus, thank you for dying for me. I accept your grace and forgiveness and I need it daily. Today I’m asking you to help me to forgive (especially __name(s)____________), the way that you have forgiven me. Every time I’m tempted to harbor resentment, Lord, remind me that you’ve forgiven them, and so have I. Heal my heart with your grace. in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you’d like to delve into this more deeply, you can view my recent sermon (Sunday August, 22), “The Prayer of Release.”

I’m praying that the Lord allow you to forgive others, as He’s forgiven you!

in Him,

Pastor Augie

(sermon and prayer content based on materials from pastors.com)