Asking God to forgive your sins is an important process. It is important that you admit what you did wrong and truly regret what you did. You need to reach out to God, pray according to the Holy Scriptures, and ask Him for forgiveness. Then you need to believe that He has forgiven you. Once forgiven, focus on turning from sin and living a new life.
Part 1 of 3: Confessing your sin
Step 1. Name and admit what you did wrong
Before asking for forgiveness, you need to specifically state what you did wrong. If you're feeling guilty, you may be tempted to make excuses or deny that you've done something wrong. God cannot forgive you if you don't admit the error.
- You might think something like "I shouldn't have lied, but I think it was just a lie for a good reason." You're just trying to justify yourself instead of admitting your mistake.
- Know by praying. For example: "Dad, I took R$5.00 from my brother without asking". You declared sin (theft) and took responsibility for it without making an excuse.
Step 2. Tell God you know you've done something wrong
After mentioning what you've done, it's important to recognize that it's wrong. It is possible to say what you did without admitting it was wrong. It makes no sense to admit the act without admitting that you know it's wrong.
You won't be forgiven if you say, "I'm sleeping with someone from work even though I'm married, but I don't see anything wrong with that." You need to recognize that you have committed a sin and that God is not happy about it
Step 3. Say you regret what you did
It is not enough to admit what you have done and what is wrong. Next you need to ask for forgiveness. Repent from the heart and verbalize that repentance as you speak to God. It is important that repentance is genuine.
- Asking God for forgiveness is not like apologizing to a brother without being truly repentant. The request has to come from a sincere heart.
- Say something like "I know I was wrong and I feel really bad about it." I'm sorry I failed the Lord. I'm sorry for having sinned against the Lord.
Part 2 of 3: Asking for forgiveness
Step 1. Pray about what you are feeling
You must be sincere in asking for forgiveness. If you believe that God knows your heart, it makes no sense to lie to him. Tell him how guilty you feel and that walking away from him has made him very sad.
- Say "God, I'm sad because I know I let you down."
- It's a good idea to pray aloud so you'll be verbalizing your repentance rather than just keeping it in your mind.
Step 2. Pray using the Holy Scriptures
The word of God is powerful and he encourages you to use it to speak to Him. Since the Bible is the word of God, they are a model of how to speak to Him. Search the Bible or the Internet for Bible texts that speak about forgiveness. Use them to make this prayer time memorable.
- Read these excerpts and use them in your prayer. Romans 6:23, John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2. These verses talk about forgiveness. The New Testament is full of truths about forgiveness.
- On your own, look for verses that speak to your heart about the forgiveness you long for. You can repeat them to the letter or paraphrase them to make it more memorable.
Step 3. Ask God to forgive you for what you've done
As you would anyone else, you need to ask for forgiveness after saying you're sorry. There is no specific prayer to ask God for forgiveness. All you have to do is ask Him to forgive you through Jesus Christ, and believe He will.
- Tell God, "I denied knowing him to a friend. It was cowardice and a mistake. Forgive me for not telling him about his love for us. Grant me forgiveness for my weakness at that time."
- You don't need to be begging or repetitive. It is enough to ask Him for forgiveness only once, as long as it is from the heart.
Step 4. Tell God you believe in his forgiveness
Forgiveness is granted through faith. It's no good asking for forgiveness without believing that God will forgive you. God says that when you ask for forgiveness with a sincere heart, he is faithful to forgive. Tell yourself you believe in him and tell God the same.
- The word says in 1 John 1:9 that "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Pray with this verse and believe.
- It is important to remember that forgiven sins are forgotten. In Hebrews 8:12 it is written: "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and their sins I will remember no more."
Part 3 of 3: Moving Forward
Step 1. Go to the people you hurt for forgiveness
Sin breaks our relationship with God and hurts other people too. When you know that God has already forgiven you, it's important to seek people's forgiveness. Tell them you're sorry and ask for forgiveness.
- Remember that you cannot force someone to forgive you. Either they accept your request and forgive you or they don't. If they refuse to forgive you, don't bother them. You cannot change them.
- Once you've apologized and asked for forgiveness, you need to let go of the guilt. Even if it's not forgiven, you've done your part.
Step 2. Repent of wrongdoing
Once forgiven by God and people, it is necessary to turn away from such sin. Make a conscious decision not to commit the same sin after being forgiven.
- Don't forget that you will always be a sinner, but it is important to verbalize that you are turning your back on sin. The only way to get away from recurring sin is to tell yourself.
- The Acts 2:38 text can help you through the process. There it is written: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
- Forgiveness is an important step, but it is necessary to turn away from sin and stay close to God”.
Step 3. Make efforts to avoid doing the same thing wrong again
Part of your goal is to follow Christ and turn away from sin. This requires commitment. You won't stop sinning right away, but if you work on it, you'll get stronger. In Matthew 5:48, God asks you to be perfect like him. You need to work towards that goal.
- Find people who can help you avoid recurring sins. Study the scriptures to avoid temptation. Remember that sin is only bad and you don't need it.
- Take time to read the Bible, pray, and talk with other Christians. These are essential things for a life free from sin.