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A New Year Prayer for 2018
Rev Gordon Siu
Thank You, dear Heavenly Father. You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Over the past year, You have found me in difficulties, but they were transformed into a channel of Your grace. Lord, You did crown my years with Your bounty. Weeping might stay for the night, and darkness coupled with Your discipline. But at the first light of dawn, they were dispelled by rejoicing and gratitude.
Dear God, You are in control of my life. Open my eyes, I pray, so I see Your “chariot of fire and horses of fire” around me, guarding me. Let me trust in You with all my heart, and Your mighty right hand will sustain me. Lord, I entrust to You my health and emotional fluctuations. Let me believe in You wholeheartedly just like a little tree planted by the water. It sends out its roots by the stream and does not fear when heat comes. And the leaves of my life will still be green! Loving Heavenly Father, truly, You watch over Your children. May my soul return to rest, for the Lord has been good to me. Dear Father, satisfy me in the morning with Your lovingkindness so I may sing for joy and be glad all my days.
Dear loving Lord, Christ Jesus who died for me, I trust in Your gracious hands my family and family members close to my heart. I feel weak and guilty, not knowing what the future holds. But Lord, You have promised that neither death nor life, neither trouble nor hardship, neither the present nor the future can separate me from Your love! May Your unchanging love be upon my family, giving us peace, salvation and joy. Lord, we are unworthy, but the crumbs that fall from the table will be more than enough to satisfy our needs. We look unto You for Your mercy. Thank You, Lord.
Dear Father of light, at a time when darkness looms over all the world, guide me along the right paths for Your name’s sake. When society gets confused about right and wrong, when fairness is sacrificed for personal gains, lust assumes the name of “pluralist expression,” justice is suppressed in the name of stability, and superficial righteousness is applied as makeup to cover vicious means, help me, Lord, to honestly fear You. Lord, You search our hearts and examine our minds. May I be able to test and approve what Your will is——Your good, pleasing and perfect will. May I walk in Your light. May we, by Your Spirit, courageously reveal the matters of darkness. May we point out darkness so we are worthy to be called the children of light.
Lord, You have promised that Your compassions never fail, and Your mercies are new every morning. In the new year, I do not pray for wealth and prosperity, or the absence of troubles. I only pray for the renewal of my love for You. Lord, refresh my soul so my heart will not be filled with cares about living or the lure of money. Draw me with Your loving kindness. Let me love You wholeheartedly, listen to You, love what You love and abide in Your love. All of this because Your love alone is my mighty fortress and genuine satisfaction. Thank You, Lord. In the holy name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen!