Welcoming the New Year with Prayer

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Almighty Father, We thank You graciously for a New Year and we ask You, Lord, to bless us and our families, as we begin this blessed year with a renewed hope in You.

Lord, we thank You so much for all that You have done for us and our families. Your hand on our lives is so much more than we could ask for, and Your blessings are so greatly appreciated. In the past year, You have seen our challenges, been saddened by our weaknesses, and rejoiced in our successes.

As this New Year commences, let us remember the past year and truly repent of all that has hindered us from abiding in You. Forgive us, for the promises and resolutions we made and never fulfilled. Forgive us, for the times we neglected prayer and Your word as our focus. Let us recall the things that hindered us from getting closer to You and keeping Your word. May we come to realise our mistakes and shortcomings and make amends. Help us Lord, to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

Lord, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what You want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and regret of the past, so that we might live in peace with You now, one day at a time.

Matthew 28:20 And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Lord, help us to abide by Your words and keep our focus on You. May we be obedient to Your ways and Your will in our lives. By this we know You will be with us in all our joys and pain, till the end of time.

Philippians 2:1-3 “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves”

May our focus be on love, peace and unity within our families and friends, and foster this peace and unity too with our Christian brethren. May we be guided by Your Holy Spirit as we read Your Word and practice the principles of it in our lives. As we could be different from one another, may we always learn to look at our own failings and the depth of our faith before we rebuke another of their faith in You. May we be slow to anger and  condemnation but be swift to respond in love, peace and forgiveness. May unity be our motto and love for one another be our utmost desire in this new year.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Lord, we pray never to be too proud to feel that we are closer to You than any other. Help us understand that You look truly at our hearts and You know exactly what we are thinking and doing and we would be judged accordingly in measure of our faith. Help us to always remember that You are closer to those who need You more than the ones who are proud and conceited of Your inheritance.

John 3:30 Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.”

In this New Year 2015, may all we do bring You Great Glory. May we decrease in fame and vain glory as You increase in all Praise and Honour and Glory. May our efforts be to sincerely bring many to know You and to believe in the Lord Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life. May the lost be found, the ones living in darkness come to light through our intercession, outreach, guidance and our prayers.

We pray this New Year is blessed with Your presence in all we do as we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus, Amen!

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