A Prayer for the New Year
Devotions
by Bill Pence
Published on January 1, 2023
Categories: Devotions

A Prayer for the New Year

Our Father in Heaven,

On this first day of a new year, we thank and praise you for the many blessings that you provided for us in 2022. Some welcomed new children into their families, and what a blessing those children were. Some had career success or enjoyed a year of retirement. Some enjoyed wonderful family vacations, deepening relationships. Still others experienced difficult years, perhaps losing a loved one, their health or their jobs, struggling to pay for essentials with each paycheck. In all of these situations we give you adoration and look to you as the sovereign, all powerful God of the universe, in control of all things.

As we look towards 2023, we want to live each day for you and your glory. We pray that we will grow in the following areas:

  • Spiritual Growth. We pray for the help of the Holy Spirit to grow in our faith as we worship you in our local churches – or find a good gospel believing church if we don’t already have a church home. We pray that we will be faithful in reading and studying the Bible, as well as other good books, so that we can get to know you better and love you more. We pray for good prayer and devotional time each day.
  • Physical Health. We pray for good health this year. Thank you for the doctors and nurses who labor so well, working long hours as they help to care for us. We pray that we would care for our bodies well by eating in a healthy manner, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep so that we can serve you and other people well.
  • Relationships. We pray that we would strengthen already good relationships and reconcile those that are broken, repenting, and asking for forgiveness as necessary.
  • Service. We pray that we would be generous with our time in serving others in our families, churches, and communities.

Father, you have given us so much, most of all your Son who came to earth as a man and went to the cross to provide salvation for us. We look forward to this new year and ask for thankful hearts for your blessings and opportunities, and ask for your grace, strength, and comforting Presence in the challenges that it will provide us. Draw many to your Son this year so they may give you praise.

In Jesus’ precious name,

Amen

Bill Pence is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and a life-long learner with a passion is to help people develop and use their strengths to their fullest potential. His favorite book is the Bible. Romans is his favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being his favorite verses. Bill enjoys music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock.

Bill is married to his best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary. Both have written a book. Bill’s book is, Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the workplace. Tammy’s book is,  Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

 

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