Lord, I thank you for who you are. You are the Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father. You are the One I put my hope in; my complete faith and trust. (Isaiah 9:6)
As I look back on this year, I can see more clearly the areas where you urged me to grow; to mature. I failed in many of them, but now I see clearly.
As I enter yet another year, it is my hope to put into practice what you have taught me this past year. I hope to more readily discern the lessons you teach me this year; to see them clearly at their onset and not hours, days, or months away.
It is my prayer that I advance in my obedience towards you; to put your ways ahead of my own. It is important to me to follow you more closely this year, to be molded more into your likeness.
Yet, I cannot do this alone. I cannot do this without you.
I see so many areas of my heart that remain flawed; angry and hateful. I despise this about me. I desperately need your love in my heart.
I ask that each day you will call me to spend time with you. Each day you will draw me close and enable me to know you better. For it is as I come to know you better, that I will be able to love more.
Lord, you have been wonderful to me; your blessings have been countless. Help me to see the blessings in the tough lessons; help me to focus more on you and your kingdom, and not my finite life here on this earth.
You have brought me far from where I was when I first met you, and I have every confidence that you will continue to work in me until the day you take me home to be with you. (Phil.1:6)
I know your Word is truth, Lord. Your promises are good.
You are my God, my Savior, and my friend. Strengthen my faith in times of weakness, Lord and never allow me to forget your sovereignty and your power. I have no need to fear because you are ultimate; there is no power greater than you; nothing on this earth has happened or will happen without your knowledge or your permission.
Help me to be your faithful and obedient servant, Lord.
It is in your holy name I pray. Amen.
Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV)
Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
I wish you all a prosperous New Year in the Lord.