Prayers for the New Year

Reflect on Last Year and Look Ahead to the New Year

Inside: Are you feeling sentimental or excited for the New Year? Take a healthy, reflective approach as you invite God into your plans for the year ahead. You’ll even establish personal prayers for the New Year! Bonus: A beautiful planner to help you get organized!

Reflect on Last Year and Look Ahead to the New Year

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How is your heart at the start of this New Year? Are you feeling sentimental over the past year, excited about the New Year, or a little of both? I usually find myself feeling a mix of melancholy and anticipation. I love the lights of Christmas and am sad to see them taken down and packed away. On the other hand, once the holiday is over, I am anxious to discover what the New Year has in store.

All of this leads me to feel unsettled or off-kilter, in need of solid ground to steady my emotions and prepare me for the road ahead. The solution is to put it all in God’s hands, but that is oh-so-easier said than done!

Whether you are anxious or excited, I encourage you to take a healthy, reflective approach with me and invite God into the process as you reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new year.

Going through these steps should calm any unsettled feelings and bring you peace and assurance that God has everything in His hands. We’ll even establish prayers for the New Year!

Reflect on Last Year

Let’s get going. Work through each step carefully, letting God bring things to mind.

Step 1: Identify 3 things that happened last year that you are thankful for. Gratitude lifts our spirits and reminds us of where our help comes from.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)

Step 2: Identify 3 prayers God answered last year.

I can’t even tell you the magnitude of answered prayers I experienced last year. I remember jumping up from my office chair, raising my hands in the air, and praising God with awe and wonder . . . and a trembling voice. God is so faithful, and He keeps pouring out His love, despite my lack of faith that He will do so.

If you find it difficult to remember prayers God answered, that’s OK. Give it some time: Let the concept roll around in your mind for a few days. I would be very interested in hearing what prayers God answered in your life last year!

I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4 ESV)

But truly God has listened;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer. (Psalm 66:19 ESV)

When we are unsure of the future, it helps to remember God’s faithfulness in the past. Be sure to write down these answered prayers (recording them in a planner, like the one below, is one way to do that).

Now let’s turn our sights to the year ahead.

Look Ahead to the New Year

Shift your focus now to the present and the future.

Step 3: Start with gratitude. What are you grateful for right now, this very day? Try to list three things.

Step 4: Identify prayers for the New Year. What are your hopes for the year to come? Try to identify at least three specific hopes. Write them down, and turn them into prayers. These can become your foundational prayers for the New Year.

I encourage you to listen for God’s leading and to be bold in your prayers. If you have “prayer block” (like writer’s block), check out this prayer for the new year.

2 “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it—the LORD is his name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:2-3 ESV)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

Step 5: Rest in God’s love and care for you. No matter what tomorrow brings, Jesus is by your side, guiding you and upholding you. Which of these verses did you need to hear today?

fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

You might look up Zephaniah 3:17 on your own.

18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul. (Psalm 94: 18-19 ESV)

Reflect on Last Year and Look Ahead to the New YearI ran into a lovely web page the other day and want to share it with you. Bookmark this page for those days when you need to be reminded of God’s love and care for you: Bible verses about God’s love.

If you’d like to worship your way into the New Year, crank up the volume and belt out this song of faith:

It Is Well (Kristene DiMarco, Bethel Music)

Do you like planners? I love making to-do lists and crossing off items as I accomplish them. There’s nothing like a good planner to get yourself organized for the New Year!


Beyond Blessed Life Planner

My friend Ana Willis at They Call Me Blessed is offering a planner that is simply beautiful. And practical. My two favorite things! Better yet, this planner will help you keep your eyes on Jesus as you aim for big goals and tackle everyday organization.

You can choose a dated or undated version. It’s 390 pages total, so you will download it, put it on a thumb drive, and take it to a shipping or office store for printing and binding. You can pick and choose which pages to print or print them all! You could even choose to bind each month or each type of page separately.

It comes with pages for monthly and weekly planning; meal planning, including pantry inventory and shopping lists; Bible verses; and places to record goals, gratitudes, prayers and praises, to-dos, and notes.

Did I mention it is beautiful?

You can get yours HERE. What a great way to start the year!Beyond Blessed Life Planner

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  1. Anne says:

    Christine, I enjoyed reading your post. It is a great reminder of how we can enter the new year and remember God’s faithfulness and abundant love. Thanks!

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