3 Prayers for the New Year

 

As we open a New Year brimming with opportunity, many of us make New Year’s resolutions and goals. Perhaps we want to exercise more, build better money habits, or spend more time with loved ones. As we seek to better our lives, let’s remember to keep God and front and centre. 

To help you do that, here are 3 important prayers for the New Year.

“Lord, teach me about Yourself.”

What we believe about God impacts every area of our life. It shapes our thoughts and colours our attitudes. And it also influences our decisions.

If we believe that God is not interested in our lives, we will not seek Him as we should.

If we believe that God doesn’t really answer prayer, we will not pray earnestly + consistently.

If we believe that God hasn’t forgiven us, we will keep our distance from Him. 

However, if we believe that God really is as strong and faithful and loving and forgiving as the Bible says He is, then that will radically change our lives. It will help us live brave and pray hard and love deeply. 

This year, ask God to teach you + show you Who He is. And prepare to be amazed!

 

“Lord, use me to touch the lives of others.”

In our New Year’s resolutions + goals + plans, it’s easy to become very focused on ourselves…on our betterment, our success, etc. 

However, the Bible teaches us that we should not focus on pleasing ourselves. Instead, we should serve others. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:5, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”

How could you serve others today?

Could you take a family member out for coffee? Or call a grandparent to catch up on their news? Could you bake cookies for a sick neighbour? 

If you attend our Baptist church in Cape Breton, you can also ask our pastor how you could serve in our church.

Start small, and ask God to show you who and where to serve. 

As you practice serving others, you will learn that it is more blessed to give than to receive. And it is more rewarding to serve than to be served!

 

“Lord, Your will be done instead of mine.”

As you grow in your walk with Christ, you will learn why Solomon told his son not to lean on his own understanding. Our understanding and knowledge is extremely limited. 

In addition, we are constantly bombarded with un-Biblical thoughts and ideas. The enemy seeks to distract and discourage us from obeying God.

How can we stay faithful to God? We must constantly surrender our will to God. Each day, we need to commit ourselves to Him anew. 

“Lord, I am Yours. Guide my steps, and help me to walk with You today. Without Your help, I can do nothing. Strengthen me to serve You + serve others.”

When we submit our will to God’s will, He promises to guide our steps. 

In 2019, we want to grow in our walk with God. We want to know more of Jesus. We want to serve others selflessly. And we want follow God’s will for our lives. Join us at our Baptist church in Cape Breton to learn more!

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What are you praying for the New Year? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email northside1178@gmail.com  
 
AUTHOR BIO: 
Claudine Broussard is a Cape Breton based musician, the social media director of ForwardMarketing.ca, and coauthor of Seeking Jesus: Stepping Into a Life of Bold Surrender, Freedom, and Deep Joy.