A Prayer for the New Year

My Heavenly Father,

Your faithfulness endures throughout all generations and extends to every generation.

Through the years, you have been faithful to me in every way,

And this year I pray that I will be faithful to you in all my ways.

As Francis prayed, I pray that you will make me an instrument of your peace.

As Patrick prayed, I pray that Christ will be all around me.

Give me the faith of Abraham to go where you send me.

Make me strong and courageous like Joshua, to do what you ask of me.

Let me be humble like Isaiah, so that I may always remember that I am “a man of unclean lips” in need of your mercy.

Like Mary, may I say “yes” to your call no matter the risks.

Like Dorcas, may I “be full of good works and acts of charity.”

Like Phoebe, may I be a servant of the church.

As Paul prayed, I pray that “words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.”

And, Lord, this year, may the prayer of Jesus always be on my mind and in my heart:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed by your name.

Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.”

Lord, use me for your glory.

And may my life point others to Jesus.

This is my prayer for the new year, Lord.

And I offer this prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus.

Amen.

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