Prayer for when you made a mistake

We all make mistakes. Still, knowing this doesn’t make it feel much better, does it?

Maybe you messed up at work, or perhaps you’re struggling in a relationship. Sometimes your mistake was clearly a bad decision. In other cases, things may have been beyond your control.

In every mistake there is a blessing waiting to be born. If you go to God with a sincere and humble heart, something amazing happens.

First, he forgives you completely without question. Christ is eternal proof of God’s mercy. Then, the Lord transforms your mistake into a valuable lesson. You learn to understand and improve the things you don’t like about yourself. God purifies your character. And that’s awesome and powerful.

It’s a wonderous process of freedom and healing. It makes you a better friend, husband, wife, sibling, parent, or worker. It lets you be more authentic and secure. God’s purifying grace lets you love yourself and others more.

So hurry to God when you mess up. Don’t be afraid. Go through the process and trust in the Lord. You won’t be perfect, but you don’t give up either. It’s all part of the wonderful walk with our Savior Jesus Christ.

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No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Hebrews 12:11-13

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Prayer for when you made a mistake

O merciful Lord,

I made a mess of things. I feel terrible, so foolish. Why does this keep happening to me?

Show me, O Lord, if there is sin in my heart. Give me courage to face my defects and my pride. Forgive me of my sins.

Reveal to me when I have been misguided by others and by life. Heal my deepest wounds.

I do not seek perfection. Instead, I ask for your merciful grace. You are kind and patient with me. Help me to be patient with myself.

Comfort this weary child. Lift me up again, O Lord. May your loving grace nourish & restore my soul.

In Christ I will keep trying. By his blood, I am forever free

In Jesus name,


7 thoughts on “Prayer for when you made a mistake

  1. My son made a decision based on emotions in the moment and he wants to be back on the basketball team. His coach said no but I’m believing God to change the heart of this coach. My son wasn’t disrespectful, he thought his heart wasn’t in it but God showed him that’s not true. My son has repented and we are in prayer.

  2. Thank you for this email, it’s one I will save as the words are so helpful. We all make mistakes, including me!!

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