Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.—Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
When Jesus told His followers to pray “Forgive us our sins” he was addressing our need for cleansing ourselves from guilt and the negative feelings that happen when we know we’ve done something wrong. If you are holding onto your misdeeds, pray for God’s forgiveness and then forgive yourself.
Heavenly Father, when I confess my transgressions You graciously provide me with the peace of forgiveness.