A Couple of Prayers for the New Year

Here are some prayers from one of my favorite books, “Yours Is the Day, Lord….Yours is the Night” by Jeanie & David Gushee

O sweet Jesus Lord, Thou art the present portion of Thy people. Favor us with such a sense this year of Thy preciousness, that from its first to its last days we may be glad and rejoice in Thee! Let January open with joy in the Lord and December close with gladness in Jesus.


(Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892)

Grant, O Lord, that as the years change, I may find rest in Your eternal changelessness.  May I meet this new year bravely, secure in the faith that, while we come and go, and life changes around us, You are always the same, guiding us with Your wisdom, and protecting us with Your love.


(William Temple 1881-1944)

Lord Christ, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose years never fail; may I so pass through the coming year with a faithful heart, that in all things I may please You and reflect Your glory; for You are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


(Mozarabic Sacramentary 7th c.)

It is well and good, Lord, if all things change, provided we are rooted in You.  If I go everywhere with You, my God, everywhere things will happen for Your sake; that is what I desire.


(John of the Cross 1542-1591)


3 thoughts on “A Couple of Prayers for the New Year

  1. ‘Folly’ is following other people and not having a mind of our own….listening to people and not seeking The Lord…
    Psalm 150….Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord…..for His mighty acts…..according to His excellent greatness ….Praise Him in the sanctuary….praise Him with the sound of the trumpet, with the psaltery and harp….praise Him with the timbrel and dance ,…with stringed instruments and organs…who would not want to praise God…?..’My God is an awesome God…He reigns in Heaven above…with Wisdom, Power and Love…my God is an awesome God..’.
    We have so many reasons to praise God and how we do so is really up to us….do we need to be quiet about it?….David said ‘my cup overflows’….surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…..
    I’ve been thinking about the spiritual rest that we can have when we surrender our own will for God’s Will….when we leave it all in His Hands knowing that HE is capable and well able to do all things….we struggle and sometimes resist ,only to realize we are just ‘beating the air’….as my favorite speaker Joyce Meyer would say….’ It’s like going around the mountain one more time.’..the story of our lives….we wrestle with self each day……won’t it be wonderful if we can live in victory ?…. We will have awesome lives….
    Lord help us!


  2. I love the phrase in Charles Spurgeon’s prayer: “… I may find rest in Your eternal changelessness.” A few years back, I was made aware of the importance of praising God (in addition to thanking, trusting and obeying Him), especially in prayer. Jesus taught us to pray “… hallowed be Thy name.” I had long acknowledged the greatness and the goodness of God, but seldom acknowledged His faithfulness. His greatness is evidenced in His wisdom, power and holiness. His goodness is manifest in His love, mercy and grace. I like to think His faithfulness is because His character is unchanging, His Spirit is eternal and His mercy endures forever. The scripture tells us that God sometimes changed his mind regarding His people, usually to show His mercy, but he never changed His character or compromised His holiness and He never will. In spite of our ever changing surroundings, we can rest in His faithfulness.


    • Beautifully put. Someone reminded me just this weekend of something actually said in meetings at one time and it was in regards to the FOLLY of “praise and worship, praise and worship” because “that is all the religious world does”. Can you imagine?? That IS what it is supposed to be all about! Not us! Oh my.


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