Asking for forgiveness is something that can be challenging, especially when you need to ask for forgiveness from your family. However, putting together a prayer for forgiveness from your family is something that you can easily incorporate into your prayer request. This type of prayer request is something that is often more personal and private, however, here is an example of a prayer for family forgiveness that you can incorporate into your request:
I come before you today with a heavy heart, seeking forgiveness for my actions that have hurt my family. I know that I have caused pain and disappointment, and for that, I am truly sorry.
I ask for your forgiveness and the forgiveness of my family. I pray for the strength and wisdom to make things right and to be a better son, daughter, brother, sister, and family member.
Help me to show my love and remorse through my actions, and guide me as I seek to reconcile and rebuild relationships with those I have hurt.
I trust in your love and your grace, and I know that with your help, all things are possible.
We will print and place your prayer request on the Stone of Anointing; the place where Christ’ body was laid down after being removed from the crucifix and prepared for burial.
Ways to Ask Your Family for Forgiveness
As part of your forgiveness prayer request, you may want to think about and pray about what you can do to ask your family for forgiveness. Although your ultimate goal may be to say a prayer for unity for your family, it’s important to acknowledge your wrongs as well. Here are a few ways to ask your family for forgiveness:
- Speak directly to the person or people you have hurt. Apologize for your actions and take full responsibility for them.
- Be sincere and honest in your apology. Explain how your actions have affected them and how you plan to make things right.
- Listen to their perspective and respond to their feelings. Show empathy and understanding of how they may be feeling.
- Take steps to make amends. This could include offering to do something to make up for your actions, such as helping out with a task or buying a gift.
- Make a commitment to change. Let them know that you understand why your actions were hurtful and that you are committed to making a change in your behavior.
- Give them space and time to process their feelings. Remember that forgiveness is a process and it may take time for them to fully forgive you.
- Be patient, humble and persistent. Show them that you are willing to put in the effort to regain their trust and forgiveness.
Asking God for Forgiveness
While it’s critical to ask your family for forgiveness in certain ways, it’s just as important to ask God for forgiveness as part of your daily prayer. It’s essential to acknowledge that the transgressions that you committed against your family were also committed against God. An example of a prayer for asking God for forgiveness:
Heavenly Father, I come before you today with a heavy heart, confessing my sins and asking for your forgiveness. I know that I have not lived up to your expectations, and I have fallen short of your glory.
I ask for your forgiveness and your grace. I know that without you, I am lost and without hope. I trust in your love and your mercy, and I know that through your Son, Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven.
I confess my sins to you and I turn away from them. I ask for the power of your Spirit to help me resist temptation and to live a life that is pleasing to you.
I thank you for your love and your grace, and I trust in your promise of forgiveness. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Catholic Prayer for Family Forgiveness
The Catholic faith is a religion which is followed by numerous people all over the world. Therefore, it makes sense that there are many people who would feel more at ease saying a Catholic prayer request for family forgiveness. Taking this step allows you to call on the saints and angels in support of your prayer. Here is a Catholic prayer for family forgiveness:
Heavenly Father, I come before you today with a repentant heart, asking for your forgiveness and the forgiveness of my family. I know that I have hurt those I love most and I am deeply sorry.
Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, and all the saints, I beg your forgiveness and the strength to make things right. Give me the wisdom to know how to repair the damage I have done, and the courage to take the necessary steps.
Help me to be a better son, daughter, brother, sister, and family member. May I always strive to live in your love and in the love of my family.
I entrust my family to your care and protection. May your love and grace bring healing and unity to our relationships.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Catholic Prayer for Peace in the Family
If you and your family are Catholic, then you may want to develop a Catholic prayer request as part of your prayer for peace in the family. Many Catholics turn to the holy family on a whole as they develop their prayer request:
“Holy Family of Nazareth,
Model for all families, hear our prayer. We ask for your powerful intercession for our family.
We pray for peace and love to reign in our hearts and home. We ask for your protection against all harm and danger, and for guidance in our decisions.
Help us to communicate effectively and to understand one another’s needs and perspectives. Teach us the true meaning of forgiveness and help us to let go of any past hurts and resentments.
May we always turn to you as the source of our strength and comfort, and may we imitate your virtues of humility, simplicity, and love.
We entrust our family to your care, and ask for your blessings upon us all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”