A prayer for the new year

Meredith Flynn —  January 1, 2013

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Our Father in heaven, we glorify you name,
For You are God, Savior, Redeemer.
For You are holy, righteous, pure and perfect in all Your ways.

This year, 2013, reveal to us Your Kingdom,
Your priorities and Your plans for our lives and our ministries.

Reveal to us Your will,
Your assignments for our lives and our minsitries.

Give us bread, today and every day,
The resources we need to meet all our needs of body, soul and spirit,
The opportunities that prompt us to look beyond ourselves to serve others as good stewards of the gifts You grant to us,

Forgive us our sins
By first convicting us by Your Spirit of all that is within us that hurts You and harms Your message,
By granting us genuine contrition that we may go beyond confession to change, transformed by the renewing of our minds.

And help us forgive those who have sinned against us,
Which frees us from anger, resentment and chronic hurt, and enables us to pray for those who have acted as our enemies.

Lead us Lord,
Away from those habits, appetites, strong desires and terrible temptations that enslave us to selfish decisions and sinful actions.

Deliver us Lord,
From evil and the evil one, your enemy from the beginning who seeks to steal, kills and destroy our testimonies and our minsitries.

We declare into the heavens and throughout the earth, these belong to You and You alone.
The rule and reign of Christ’s Kingdom here now and into forever.
The power to give life, endless and limitless life, by and in and with Christ.
The glory of Christ, who will be worshiped by all and loved by those who know Him…forever.

Phil Miglioratti is IBSA’s prayer ministries consultant.

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.