In today’s world of “greasy grace,” people are on a slippery slope that leads further and further away from the Lord. Grace goes hand in hand with repentance. But what is repentance? Exactly is involved in repentance? Let’s see what the Bible says about repentance:
“So REPENT (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you–even Jesus.” (Acts 3;19-20)
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and continuously cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, though an action. If we say we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel] is not in our hearts.” (I John 1:9-10)
Repentance starts with the conviction of the Holy Spirit. You have this icky feeling in your inner man that feels bad about something you’ve said or done. For example, you are at a store and the cashier gets an attitude with you. You give it right back to him or her when you know the Word says to walk in love to be a light to those who abuse you. You leave and get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that you have messed up with the Lord.
Go immediately to the Lord and confess that you have sinned by disobeying what you know God expects of you. Ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you from this sin. Then repent and make up your mind to walk in love going forward. That is repentance. God will immediately put that sin under the Blood of Jesus where it is erased forever and not remembered by God. The added benefit is that Satan can’t use it against you! Remember, he is the accuser of the brethren. It is our unconfessed and unrepented of sins that he is able to use against us. Repentance is one of the most powerful weapons we have to defeat Satan!
Repentance is a regular thing. When we say the sinner’s prayer and repent, we are repenting and turning away from our old sinful life and choices we made and embracing God’s way going forward. Our sins are washed away by His Blood. The key is to acknowledge those sins and confess them out loud to God. The old saying “confession is good for the soul” is very true! Once we enter the kingdom of God, we still live in a fallen world and it takes time for God to clean us up. So yes, you will mess up..we all mess up occasionally. Repentance is a beautiful thing!
Here are some prayers of repentance that will help you in this area. These prayers range from initial salvation to everyday stumbles to repenting from sexual sin. Sexual sin is serious with God because it is such a huge doorway that Satan can use against you. Sometimes it’s hard to repent but you have to decide what you want more: the world or God. If you choose God, you will follow through with repentance because that is where it starts.
SALVATION REPENTANCE PRAYER (THE SINNER’S PRAYER)
FATHER, I COME TO YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. I CONFESS THAT I AM A SINNER O LORD. I HAVE LIVED A SINFUL AND EVIL LIFE. I ASK YOU TO FORGIVE ME. I REPENT OF THE SIN IN MY LIFE LORD. I CHOOSE RIGHT NOW TO TURN AWAY FROM MY OLD LIFE AND FOLLOW YOU INTO A NEW LIFE!
I ASK YOU LORD JESUS TO COME INTO MY HEART AND SAVE ME FROM MY SINS. CLEANSE ME FROM ALL EVIL AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. I ASK FOR YOUR BLOOD TO COVER MY SINS AND MAKE ME WHITE AS SNOW. I RECEIVE YOU INTO MY HEART LORD JESUS TO BE MY LORD–MY SAVIOR AND MY MASTER FROM THIS DAY FORTH AND EVEN FOREVER MORE!
I THANK YOU LORD FOR SAVING ME! THANK YOU FOR COVERING ALL MY SINS UNDER YOUR BLOOD! THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME A WHOLE NEW LIFE! I ASK LORD THAT YOU WOULD HELP ME TO GROW INTO THE MAN/WOMAN OF GOD YOU HAVE CREATED ME TO BE IN JESUS’ NAME I ASK. AMEN AND AMEN!
PRAYER OF RECOMMITMENT (BACKSLIDER’S REPENTANCE PRAYER)
FATHER, I COME TO YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. I CONFESS THAT I HAVE FALLEN AWAY FROM YOU. I CONFESS THAT I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU BY BACKSLIDING AWAY FROM YOU AND YOUR WAYS AND YOUR WORD. LIKE THE PRODIGAL SON O LORD, I HUMBLY ASK FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS FOR THE EVIL I HAVE DONE. I REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM THIS EVIL LIFE I HAVE LIVED. I MISS YOU SO MUCH!
I NOW RECOMMIT MY LIFE TO YOU LORD JESUS. I WANT TO COME HOME! I WANT YOU TO BE LORD OF MY LIFE NOW AND FOREVER MORE! PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR WANDERING AND WALKING AWAY FROM YOU. I’M SO SORRY THAT I HAVE HURT YOU. I ASK THAT MY SINS BE WASHED AWAY BY YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD. I THANK YOU FOR THE PRICE YOU PAID SO THAT I CAN BE CLEANSED FROM ALL MY SINS!
O LORD, FILL ME ONCE AGAIN WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT THAT I MIGHT LIVE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH YOU! CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART AND RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN ME O LORD! I CHOOSE THIS DAY LIFE. AS FOR ME, I CHOOSE TO SERVE THE LORD!
I THANK YOU O GOD FOR RESTORING ME INTO FELLOWSHIP WITH YOU! THANK YOU FOR THE BLOOD OF JESUS THAT HAS CLEANSED ME! THANK YOU THAT LIKE PETER, I AM RESTORED AND I ASK LORD THAT WE WOULD CONTINUE OUR WALK AGAIN. USE ME TO ADVANCE THE KINGDOM EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE! I ASK ALL THESE THINGS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST! AMEN AND AMEN..
REPENTANCE PRAYER FOR SEXUAL SIN (ADULTERY OR FORNICATION)
FATHER, I COME TO YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. I CONFESS THAT I HAVE SINNED SEXUALLY LORD. I HAVE COMMITTED ADULTERY/FORNICATION WITH ___________________. I HAVE BETRAYED ________________ (IF MARRIED). I HAVE BROKEN THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE WITH _____________________ (IF MARRIED) THAT YOU WERE A WITNESS TO. I’M SO SORRY LORD FOR FALLING INTO SEXUAL SIN. I REPENT NOW IN JESUS’ NAME. I CHOOSE TO WALK AWAY FROM THIS SIN AND FOLLOW YOU INSTEAD. I CHOOSE TO BE FAITHFUL TO ________________ THE REST OF MY LIFE. I ASK THAT YOU WOULD HEAL MY MARRIAGE OF THIS SIN. HEAL __________________ OF THE PAIN OF BETRAYAL THAT THIS HAS CAUSED.
I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW YOUR WAYS IN THE AREA OF SEX LORD. I CHOOSE TO REMAIN PURE UNTIL THE TIME WHEN YOU BRING MY HUSBAND/WIFE TO ME (IF NOT MARRIED). I NOW FORSAKE AND FLEE FROM ALL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS I’M INVOLVED IN NOW IN JESUS’ NAME.
BREAK THE UNGODLY SEXUAL SOUL-TIES WITH THIS PRAYER:
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, I BREAK THE UNGODLY SOUL-TIE WITH ____________________ RIGHT NOW. I APPLY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE SEVERED SOUL-TIE(S) NEVER TO BE RE-FORMED IN JESUS’ NAME. I NOW RETURN ______________________ SOUL-PIECE TO HIM/HER AND I TAKE BACK MY SOUL-PIECE IN JESUS’ NAME!
FATHER, I ASK THAT YOU WOULD FIX THE MESS THAT I’VE MADE THROUGH THIS SIN. I ASK THAT EVERYONE INVOLVED WOULD FIND YOU THROUGH THIS. THAT NONE WOULD BE LOST. I HUMBLY ASK YOU TO FORGIVE ME FOR ADULTERY/FORNICATION AND I AM TRULY SORRY THAT I HAVE DISOBEYED YOUR WORD AND HURT YOU.
THANK YOU FATHER FOR YOUR MERCY AND YOUR GRACE TOWARDS ME. THANK YOU FOR HEALING ME AND MY FAMILY. THANK YOUR FOR ANOTHER CHANCE WITH YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE BLOOD OF JESUS THAT COVERS ALL SINS! THANK YOU FOR THE GRACE TO COME AND MAKE IT RIGHT! I ASK ALL THESE THINGS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. AMEN AND AMEN!
PRAYER OF REPENTANCE WHEN YOU MESS UP
FATHER, I COME TO YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. I CONFESS THAT I HAVE SINNED. I HAVE MESSED UP BY __________(NAME THE SIN INCIDENT)____. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS SIN IS AGAINST WHAT YOUR WORD SAYS AND THEREFORE I REPENT OF IT RIGHT NOW IN JESUS’ NAME! I COME TO YOUR THRONE OF GRACE AND I ASK YOUR FORGIVENESS FOR THIS SIN. I PUT THIS SIN ON THE ALTAR AND ASK THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS BE APPLIED TO THIS SIN. LET IT BE OBLITERATED FOREVER IN JESUS’ NAME!
HELP ME O GOD TO GAIN THE VICTORY IN THIS AREA OF MY LIFE IN JESUS’ NAME. I ASK THAT YOU WOULD GIVE ME THE UNCTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BEFORE I SAY OR DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD OFFEND OR GRIEVE YOU. I ASK FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS AND I ASK FOR GRACE IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
FATHER, I ASK THAT YOU WOULD FIX THE MESS THAT I HAVE MADE WITH THIS SIN INCIDENT. ONLY YOU CAN FIX THE UNFIXABLE! ONLY YOU CAN MAKE ALL THINGS NEW! I ASK ALL THESE THINGS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. AMEN AND AMEN!