A New Year Prayer

O Lord,

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me grace that precedes,

     follows,

     guides,

     sustains,

     sanctifies,

     aids every hour,

          that I may not be one moment apart from thee, but may rely on thy Spirit

               to supply every thought,

               speak in every word,

               direct every step,

               prosper every work,

               build up every mote of faith, and give me a desire

                    to show forth thy praise;

                    testify thy love,

                    advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,

     with thee, O Father, as my harbour,

     thee, O Son, at my helm,

     thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,

     my lamp burning,

     my ear open to thy calls,

     my heart full of love,

     my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,

     thy comforts to cheer,

     thy wisdom to teach,

     thy right hand to guide,

     thy counsel to instruct,

     thy law to judge,

     thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe, thy triumphs my joy.

– The Valley of Vision: Puritan Prayers and Devotions

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New Year Prayer

 

“Lord grant that this year I may be more holy, and walk more closely than ever in all holy conversation; I earnestly desire to be filled with thy holy thoughts, to be carried out in holy affections, determined by holy aims and intentions, and governed in all my words and actions by holy principles. O that a golden thread of holiness may run through the whole web of this year.”

-Matthew Henry