I have so appreciated your patience during the last several weeks as my blog has been silent. My mother fractured her back just before Christmas, leaving my days filled, busy and needing to attend to her daily needs, all the while keeping up with the Christmas holiday and my usual schedule. I am thankful to say that she is improving and was able to go to church this past Sunday.
Since we have started a new year, I thought I would share this prayer with you. It is a prayer that I have tucked away in my prayer journal, expressing to God what I am desiring Him to do in my life this coming year.
Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into my life this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded me how much I need you and rely on your presence filling me every single day.
I pray for your Spirit to lead me each step of this New Year. I ask that you will guide my decisions and turn my heart to deeply desire you above all else. I ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. I ask that you would help me release my grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” I ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within my heart.
I ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within me. I pray you would make me strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give me ability beyond what I feel able, let your gifts flow freely through me, so that you would be honored by my life, and others would be drawn to you.
I pray that you’d keep me far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in my ear when I need to run, and whisper in my heart when I need to stand my ground.
I pray for your protection over my family and friends. I ask for your hand to cover me and keep me distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround me, keeping me safe in your hands. I pray that you would give me discernment and insight to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.
I ask that you would keep my footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping me to be consistent and faithful. Give me supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call me away from a close walk with you.
Forgive me for the times I have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting my need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive me for letting fear and worry control my mind, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over my life. Forgive me for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence.
I confess my need for you…fresh…new…again. I ask that you make all things new, in my heart, in my mind, in my life, for this coming year. I pray for your refreshing over me.
Keep your words of truth planted firm within me, help me to keep focused on what is pure and right, give me the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds me where I’ve been, hissing his lies and attacking my way, I trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind me I am safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail. I ask that you will be my defense and rear guard, keeping my way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead me on your level ground.
I ask that you would provide for my needs. I ask for your grace and favor. I pray for your blessings to cover me. I pray that you would help me to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in my heart to succeed. I pray that others will take notice of your goodness and can’t help but to say, “This is one that the Lord has blessed.”
Help me to be known as a great giver. Help me to be generous and kind. Help me to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only my own.
May I be a lover of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in my life – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Shine your light in me, through me, over me. May I make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before me. May all your plans succeed. May I reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.
To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.
In Jesus’ name,
I pray that you will join me this year in making this your own prayer. May your eyes be opened in a fresh new way to all the ways God crowns you with His goodness and abundantly blesses you. May we seek Him above all things and be satisfied in Him alone.
Have a grace full week ~