In my heart, I am led to say that many times we start a race well, but sometimes we get confused in the middle. When I say race I am referring to life. No matter what goes on the one thing I have found to be consistent is God’s faithfulness to us no matter how off-base we get at times. With this in mind, I wanted to find a prayer that would help not only get us on track but keep us there throughout the year. I pray this is a blessing to all of you who read it and ponder it in your hearts.

Dear God, Thank You that You make all things new. Thank You for all that You’ve allowed into our lives this past year, the good and the hard things that have reminded us how much we need You and rely on Your presence filling us every day.

We pray for Your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that You will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire You above all else. We ask that You will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that You would help us release our grip on the things to which You’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue You first, above every dream and desire You’ve put within our hearts.

We ask for Your wisdom, strength, and power to be constantly present within us. We pray You would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let Your gifts flow freely through us, so that You would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to You. We pray that You’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That You would whisper in our ear when we need to run and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.

We pray for Your protection over our families and friends. We ask for Your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the enemy’s evil intent; that You would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in Your hands. We pray that You would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand Your will, hear Your voice, and know Your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

From all of us here at praying you and your family has a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

Prayer by Debbie McDaniel

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