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Prayer for the New Year

Father God,

Thank you for getting us through another year.  It’s been tough for most of us, but I’m grateful for Your guidance and comfort throughout.  My family has seen life, death, happiness, joy, sorrow, depression, laughter, deep empathy, teen struggles, victory and a whole lot of fellowship through it all with our church family.  (We wouldn’t have made it, otherwise!)  Thank you, Lord, for our Small Group, who has been the backbone of our church life and prayer support.  The tears flow even now as I write thinking of each of them…  Bless each family represented and bring them closer to You in this new year.

Father, this past year had frustrations and disappointments.  Help us to learn from them and to move on in a positive way toward Your priorities, not ours.  Help us to continually stop to listen to that still, small Voice that calls us to look beyond what we can see, to listen past what others hear.

Give us the strength to make it a priority to read Your Word regularly, Lord.  If not daily, I want it to be as often as possible because that’s how I learn to be more like You.  As it says in Romans 12:2…

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

Give us a new year not controlled by fear, anxiety or stress, but by Your will, Your hand and Your direction.

Give us a new year full of new ministries and opportunities.  As we get into the political battles of primaries, beginning with the state of Illinois in February, Father I ask specifically that Your hand be upon these races and the contenders.  Let everyone involved see Your hand in the decisions.  Let state after state fall to their knees and acknowledge You, confess their sins and ask forgiveness, because we as a nation have sinned and need Your Providence once again in order to be the “shining city upon the rock.”

Let the Patriots arise and band together with righteous leaders of godly might!  The third verse of the hymn “Faith is the Victory” portrays the attack-phase of the battle.  The foe stands in dread array, also poised for the fight.  The prepared troops attack without hesitation, with a well-formulated battle plan.

On every hand the foe we find. Drawn up in dread array:  Let tents of ease be left behind,  And onward to the fray!  Salvation’s helmet on each head,  With truth all gird about:  The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread,  And echo with our shout.

This recalls the entire nation of Israel marching round Jericho, blowing trumpets, people shouting and the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6:20).  We have the same Commander-in-Chief as the Hebrews did as well as the same access to His mighty power.  All we need do is have contrite hearts, seek His direction and put on the armour to withstand the upcoming battles (Ephesians 6:13-17).  Faith must be faith in the truth and each warrior, saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) obedient to the Commander, is assured of overwhelming victory.

So Father, give us this new year filled with new love for you and for each other.  Help us to look forward with confidence, courage, humility and gentleness.  Help us, in this New Year to completely surrender to You and what You have planned for us.  Thank You, Lord, for all Your blessings.  In Jesus’ most precious name,

Amen!

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January 1, 2010 Posted by | Christian, Citizen Patriotism, Culture, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , | Leave a comment