A Prayer for the New Year

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 a 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 ever 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 of thy love,
          advance thy kingdom .

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
    with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
           thee, O Son, as 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 triumph my joy.

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4 thoughts on “A Prayer for the New Year

  1. Thanks for a wonderful prayer and thanks ever so much for yesterday’s sermon, Truth in The Pulpit…love it…


  2. My soul is happy right now. I just watched the New Year day service and what a blessing it has been to me. I shared ealier this week with a friend that I felt lost and didn’t have clarity in my life. Thank you, for delivering the word in such a way that I am no longer going to search, but instead TRUST God with ALL my heart. I needed this more than I could ever expressed, I’m thankful to God for guiding me to your blog today. You were truly vintage H.B. with this message.

    May God continue to use you to bring lost people to him. God bless you and your family.

  3. The Prayer for the New Year is a excellent way to begin another leg of our journey.

    Much Prayer -Much power
    Little Prayer -Little Power
    No Prayer – No Power!