2019 is in full swing, and I haven’t written a list of resolutions or chosen a “word of the year.” It is on my heart, however, to be more dependent on the Lord through prayer in this new year. I often busy myself so much that I neglect deep communion with God, pressing on in my own strength to accomplish what I need or want to do. How arrogant and foolish to function as if I have no need of the one who fills my very lungs with air! In view of this tendency, I felt that a prayer (rather than a list) for 2019 would be most helpful. Pray with me this year.
Father in Heaven–set apart yet near,
Help us to wonder at your unmatched power,
worship your great might,
submit to your sovereign hand,
trust your infinite wisdom,
and cling to your perfect goodness in all things.
Help us to fear your great name.
Jesus the Christ–image of the invisible God,
Help us to rest in your perfect record
trust you as our substitute,
believe in your salvation,
and bow to your Lordship over our lives.
Help us to rejoice as we share your suffering now,
that we may hope to share your glory for eternity.
Let us hide ourselves in you and abide.
Apart from you, we can do nothing.
Holy Spirit–helper who dwells within,
Rain down in great power.
In your kindness, reveal our sin
and lead us to continual repentance.
Guard us from evil,
keep us in faith,
grow us in holiness,
and drive us to desperate prayer.
Save our lost children, neighbors, and friends.
Exalt the name of Jesus in us.
In 2019, as we seek to glorify you, our triune God, focus our hearts on…
building relationships rather than results,
growing our faithfulness rather than our following,
cultivating humility rather than visibility,
working for your fame rather than our own names.
It’s in the strong name of Jesus we pray.