Prayer for the New Year

Length of days does not profit me

Except the days are passed in Thy presence, in Thy service to Thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains

    Sanctifies, aids every hour,

That I might not be one moment apart from Thee, 

But may rely on thy Spirit

To supply every thought,

    Speak every word,

    Direct every step,

    Prosper every work,

    Build up every mote of faith,

And give me a desire

To show forth Thy praise,

    Testify Thy love,

    Advance Thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,

    With Thee, O Father, as my harbour,

    Thee O Son, at my helm,

    Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,

    My lamp burning,

    My ear open to thy calls, 

    My heart full of love, my soul free.

Give me Thy grace to sanctify me,

    Thy comforts to cheer me,

    Thy wisdom to teach,

    Thy right hand to guide,

    Thy counsel to instruct,

    Thy law to judge,

Thy presence to stabilize.

May Thy fear* be my awe,

    Thy triumphs my joy.

From Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

* β€œfear” was used in this era of the 16th-17th century to mean “awesome respect” for God’s person, power and majesty.

21 thoughts on “Prayer for the New Year

    1. So kind of you, Kym! I’m very thankful that I discovered your blog in 2022! May you have a positive and fruitful 2023, and success in every endeavor. Blessings to you πŸŽ†πŸ₯³β™₯️πŸ₯°πŸ™


  1. Sister, I was seriously about to write before I got to the end your posts sounds like something that should be in the Valley of Vision!!!! We can never go wrong with prayers like this! I am SO very thankful for your wisdom, wit and friendship! I am praying for you and your family! What a joy to be on this journey with y’all!!! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Praying that 2023 will no matter what be our best year in Christ yet. Also praying that we will long for Christ mode than this dying world. Lots of love, hugs and blessings!!!! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ§‘πŸ§‘πŸ§‘

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    1. Thank you, Mandy! Always appreciate your joy-filled, praise-filled exuberance for the things of God which spur us on! What a beautiful blessing you are! Love you, and longing for Christ’s return with you, my sister! πŸ€©πŸ™β™₯️

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