Forgive me Lord, for not being patient

Forgive me Lord, for not being kind

Forgive me Lord, for being envious and not generous

Forgive me Lord, for being arrogant

Forgive me Lord, for being rude

Forgive me Lord, for wanting things my own way

Forgive me Lord, for seeking my own advantage

Forgive me Lord, for being irritable

Forgive me Lord, for being so easily offended

Forgive me Lord, for not forgiving quickly

Forgive me Lord, for storing up resentments

Forgive me Lord, for rejoicing in wrongdoing

Forgive me Lord, for not hating evil

Forgive me Lord, for not rejoicing in the truth

Forgive me Lord, for not bearing all things

Forgive me Lord, for not making allowances

Forgive me Lord, for not having more faith

Forgive me Lord, for not trusting in you more

Forgive me Lord, for not enduring everything in acceptance of your will.


Prayer of Manasseh © NRSV Apocrypha

1.     O Lord Almighty,

    God of our ancestors,

    of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob

    and of their righteous offspring;

2      you who made heaven and earth

    with all their order;

3      who shackled the sea by your word of command,

    who confined the deep

    and sealed it with your terrible and glorious name;

4      at whom all things shudder,

    and tremble before your power,

5      for your glorious splendour cannot be borne,

    and the wrath of your threat to sinners is unendurable;

6      yet immeasurable and unsearchable

    is your promised mercy,

7      for you are the Lord Most High,

    of great compassion, long-suffering, and very merciful,

    and you relent at human suffering.

    O Lord, according to your great goodness

    you have promised repentance and forgiveness

    to those who have sinned against you,

    and in the multitude of your mercies

    you have appointed repentance for sinners,

    so that they may be saved.

8      Therefore you, O Lord, God of the righteous,

    have not appointed repentance for the righteous,

    for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who did not sin against you,

    but you have appointed repentance for me, who am a sinner.

9      For the sins I have committed are more in number than the sand of the sea;

    my transgressions are multiplied, O Lord, they are multiplied!

    I am not worthy to look up and see the height of heaven

    because of the multitude of my iniquities.

10      I am weighted down with many an iron fetter,

    so that I am rejected because of my sins,

    and I have no relief;

    for I have provoked your wrath

    and have done what is evil in your sight,

    setting up abominations and multiplying offences.

11      And now I bend the knee of my heart,

    imploring you for your kindness.

12      I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned,

    and I acknowledge my transgressions.

13      I earnestly implore you,

    forgive me, O Lord, forgive me!

    Do not destroy me with my transgressions!

    Do not be angry with me forever or store up evil for me;

    do not condemn me to the depths of the earth.

    For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent,

14      and in me you will manifest your goodness;

    for, unworthy as I am, you will save me according to your great mercy,

15      and I will praise you continually all the days of my life.

    For all the host of heaven sings your praise,

    and yours is the glory forever. Amen.

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