A New Year's Prayer

"This month shall be
unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to
" (Ex. 12:2).

New Year's resolutions are
good but fragile, that is, easily broken. New Year's prayers are better; they
ascend to the throne of God and set answering wheels in motion. As we come to
the beginning of another year, we would do well to make the following prayer
requests our own:

Lord Jesus, I rededicate
myself afresh to You today. I want You to take my life this coming year and
use it for Your glory. "Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee."

I pray that You will keep
me from sin, from anything that will bring dishonor to Your Name.

Keep me teachable by the
Holy Spirit. I want to move forward for You. Don't let me settle in a rut.

May my motto this year be,
"He must increase; I must decrease." The glory must all be Yours. Help me not
to touch it.

Teach me to make every decision
a matter of prayer. I dread the thought of leaning on my own understanding.
"I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh
to direct his steps" (Jer. 10:23).

May I die to the world and
even to the approval or blame of loved ones or friends. Give me a single, pure
desire to do the things that please Your heart.

Keep me from gossip and
criticism of others. Rather help me to speak what is edifying and profitable.

Lead me to needy souls.
May I become a friend of sinners, as You are. Give me tears of compassion for
the perishing.

"Let me look on the crowd
as my Saviour did,

Till my eyes with tears grow dim.

Let me view with pity the wandering sheep,

And love them for love of Him.

Lord Jesus, keep me from
becoming cold, bitter or cynical in spite of anything that may happen to me
in the Christian life.

Guide me in my stewardship
of money. Help me to be a good steward of everything You have entrusted to me.

Help me to remember moment
by moment that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. May this tremendous truth
influence all my behavior.

And, Lord Jesus, I pray
that this may be the year of Your return. I long to see Your face and to fall
at Your feet in worship. During the coming year, may the blessed hope stay fresh
in my heart, disengaging me from anything that would hold me here and keeping
me on the tiptoes of expectancy. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus!"

(from One
Day at a Time)