Sunday, January 1, 2012

A prayer for the new year

Father God
You are the Author of history
and the Redeemer in my life story.
I thank You for Your great faithfulness in this past year
and ask for Your personal presence in the coming year.

Savior,
grant to me faith to follow You well,
courage to go where you call me,
the ability to love others well
and to live generously always.

Jesus,
give me a heart
 that looks increasingly like Your heart
so that others see You in me
and attract them to You.

Emmanuel,
I pray for the expansion of your Kingdom worldwide
that Your will would be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
May Your glory cover the earth
as the waters cover the sea
until all have have heard Your name
and Your reputation is lifted high.

Holy Spirit,
give me ears to hear your words
and discernment to follow Your ways.
Be my Counselor and Teacher
each day.

Father,
may I glorify You
as Jesus glorified You
and please you
in all that I do.

Amen