Prayers for the New Year

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, consider writing a prayer of dedication to the Lord.  In your own words, ask Him to help you surrender all that is old and receive His fresh vision for you in the coming year.  It’s only by His strength that you can do what He is calling you to this season.  Here’s a sample prayer to consider:

New Year’s Prayer

Lord, this year I want to change,
and I’ve said that in the past.
but now my prayer is different
’cause I understand at last.

I wanted my own way before,
I ignored your loving plans.
But now I’m putting everything
into your nail-scarred hands.

I promise to obey you
out of gratitude and love.
I won’t be giving orders
to my Father up above.

I finally realize the truth
and so I’ve changed my prayer.
The safest place for me to be
is in your gentle care.

Please be my shepherd, Jesus,
that’s all I ask of you.
In good times and in bad this year,
Take my hand and lead me through.

Amen.

–Jack Zavada

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