2023 New Year’s Prayer

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Author: Ali, Contributor: Elton Streyle and Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Gracious Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for allowing me another year to live on this Earth. I ask for Your guidance in the year ahead. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” It seems like this past year went by quickly, so direct me not to forget what You did and what You taught me in 2022.

Bring to my mind, like the stones of remembrance did for Israel in Joshua 4:1-8, the times You moved in my life in 2022. Joshua 4:7 “‘Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.‘” I praise You for the following things that You did for me and through me: _______. I know that I can trust You, the One who never changes. Malachi 3:6a‘For I am the LORD, I do not change:’” You were faithful in 2022, and You will remain faithful in 2023, no matter what my circumstances may be.

I ask that You continue to grow my trust in You. Proverbs 3:56 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Give me the proper perspective to see You at work in my life this new year. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

2022 New Year’s Prayer: Trusting in God’s Sovereignty for the Future

Author: Ali, Contributor: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your sovereignty over my circumstances. No matter what this new year will hold, or the difficulties I experienced in 2021, remind me that You are still God and You are still good. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Whether I am looking toward 2022 with excitement and anticipation, or with dread and anxiety, direct me to depend on You. John 15:4-5 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

This year, guide me to become more like Christ in my conduct towards others and in my relationship with You. Like Jesus did, help me to love and pray for my enemies, as well as my friends, during this coming year. Matthew 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Just as Jesus made it a priority to pray during His life on Earth, direct me to prioritize conversation with You in 2022. Luke 5:16So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.”

May this be the year that I let Your transforming power work in my life like never before. Open my eyes to see how You are already working, and expand my expectations of how You will answer my prayers. Like the prophet Habakkuk, my circumstances now or in the coming year may cause me to cry out to You and ask “why?” or “how long?” Habakkuk 1:3Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises.

In such situations, direct me to be fully content in You so that I can say with confidence what Habakkuk said in Habakkuk 3:17-19. “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.