Forgiveness and prayer are both topics of contemporary social science research, but they are not often considered together. The present study investigates how Christian respondents portray prayer when describing the process of interpersonal forgiveness. Just over half of the respondents mentioned prayer as an important part of forgiveness at their first opportunity in a structured interview protocol. Prayer responses were coded as inward, upward, or outward, with inward prayers being the most common. The narrative descriptions of inward prayer resemble Worthington's (2001, 2003) REACH model of the forgiveness process.
McMinn, Mark R.; Fervida, Heath; Louwerse, Keith A.; Pop, Jennifer L.; Thompson, Ryan Dale; Trihub, Bobby L.; and McLeod-Harrison, Susan, "Forgiveness and Prayer" (2008). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 159.