As the new year begins, many of us are seeking the Lord for direction, starting Bible reading plans, filling out resolutions, and various other kinds of things trying to prepare for the upcoming year. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching so to speak in regards to all of these areas. More than reading plans and resolutions I’ve been seeking the Lord in prayer. If you follow this ministry on Facebook you will discover a common theme unraveling throughout the month of January as all of the quotes selected for the month are centered on prayer.
In our bulletins at church each Sunday is usually a selected reading written either by our Pastor or from someone who has inspired him. This past week was a prayer written by Treven Wax of the Gospel Coalition called A Prayer for the New Year that is an adaptation of the first 21 of Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions (which we will be posted here later this week). I admit that sometimes I struggle reading the prayers of others, but this one is different. As you read it, allow the Spirit to speak to you. This is not just a formal prayer. This is a desire for more of Jesus. My prayer is that it blesses, strengthens, and encourages you. I pray that it draws you into deeper fellowship with our Savior and you are driven to treasure Him more fully.
Lord God Almighty,
I understand that I am unable to do anything without Your help, so I ask You to enable me by Your grace to fulfill Your will.
Give me grace to do whatever brings most glory and honor to You, pleasure and profit to me, and life and love to others.
Help me to number my days, spending my time wisely, living my life with all my might while I still have breath.
Humble me in the knowledge that I am chief of sinners; when I hear of the sins of others, help me to not look upon them with pride, but to look upon myself with shame, confessing my own sins to You.
When I go through difficulties and trials, remind me of the pains of hell from which You have already delivered me.
Place people in my path who need my help, and give me a compassionate and generous spirit.
Fill my heart with such love that I would never do anything out of a spirit of revenge, nor lose my temper with those around me. Hold my tongue when I am tempted to speak evil of others.
Thank you for the Gospel and for the Hope of Glory. Help me to live in light of these truths every day of my life, so that when the time of my death arrives, I will rest assuredly in You, and You will be most glorified in me.
In Christ’s name...