Father forgive them, for they know not what they do
Luke 23:34 (ASV)
34And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.
Acts 7:60 (ASV)
60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Chinese farmer, Chang Fang Yuan, was nearly beaten to death for preaching the Gospel in his village. But he didn't die, and instead prayed to the Father for the forgiveness and salvation of his attackers. His prayers were answered.
Mrs. Wang was a woman whose husband reviled and cursed her for six months. But instead of responding in kind, she constantly prayed that God would forgive him...because he didn't understand. One day God answered her prayers, and her husband was truly converted.
By following in the footsteps of Jesus and forgiving the murderers who martyred Monir and Ali; Mina Nevisa found once again, the priceless joy and assurance that bitterness and unforgiveness had robbed her of.
Mitsuo Fuchida read the conversion story of Jacob DeShazer, and he heard the personal story of Peggy Covell. As a result Fuchida began to read the Bible. When he came to Jesus' forgiveness of those who killed Him, Fuchida understood and gave his life to Jesus.
When Mitsuo Fuchida came upon the book of St. Luke chapter 23—which detailed the story of Jesus's crucifixion—Fuchida was much impressed by the scene and in that moment, he was finally at the end of his long wandering. He realized that surely, Jesus died for him too and recognized Him as his personal savior.
Namuri, a Christian man whose influence was increasing among the heathens is attacked again by a sacred Priest - dying, he prayed to Jesus to forgive his killer and to bring the Tannese community to love and follow Jesus.
Bishop Hassan barely escaped from Iran after a failed assassination attempt on him left his wife injured, but soon his enemies returned and killed his only son who stayed back in Iran. But in a prayer modeled after Jesus's prayer on the cross, Bishop Hassan prayed to God to forgive the murderers of his only son.
The remarkable story of Peggy Coveil's forgiveness of her parent's murderers and Jesus' statement in Like 23:24: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do", helped Fuchida; an ex soldier let go of the hate in his heart and led him to embrace Jesus as his personal savior.
Ing Soi, a Chinese follower of Jesus, preached about Jesus even though it would cost him his life. But he did not fear death, and instead sought the forgiveness and conversion of those that killed him. Ing Soi's wife was so moved by this that she sought the Lord to complete this sacred task.
When a woman's husband is arrested for being a pastor, she gathered her young children to pray for the men who had just whisked their father away. Twenty years later, the lesson of praying for your enemies stuck with her son, who, now orphaned; having had both his parents martyred by the police, was himself now also jailed for his faith.
Tales of Trust, Embracing Authentic Accounts of Providential Guidance, Assistance, and Deliverance by H. L. Hastings
A beggar's powerful prayer that "Father, forgive him, he knows not what he saith", in response to the ill-treatment dished out to him by a wealthy unbeliever, will strongly haunt the wealthy infidel until he at last came to Christian repentance.
When Tamati finally met with Panapa, the cannibal who murdered and ate his father, he was overcome with hate and rage and wanted to exact revenge. But just as he was going to strike, the Lord spoke His Word to him and empowered him to do the seemingly impossible.
A Christian man that was sentenced to death expressed love for his persecutors and hope that he will see his wife in heaven. The officer on duty heard this conversation and later became a Christian.