When a new year begins, it is natural to begin thinking about the resolutions we have for ourselves and what we would like to pursue due to this “clean slate.” We can choose where we want to set our goals for how many cups of water we want to drink each day, how frequently we want to exercise, and how many books we want to read before the following January.
However, as we all know, much of life is beyond our control, which is where faith comes in. And we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the most inspiring New Year’s prayers to help you refocus your faith and trust in God as we enter this new year.
Many people make New Year’s resolutions in writing. Another popular way to mark the change of the calendar is to choose one word to focus on for the next twelve months (such as “abundance,” “hospitality,” “courage,” etc.). Typically, these words and resolutions revolve around making better choices and being more intentional with how we spend our time. However, maintaining our momentum can be difficult when life becomes chaotic and disrupts our carefully crafted plans. So, what’s the solution? Prayer.
In and of itself, frequent prayer is a significant and impactful New Year’s resolution (1 Thessalonians 5:17 does instruct us to “pray without ceasing,” after all). Prayer draws us closer to God and forces us to accept entirely relying on Him and not being in control ourselves—rather, having peace in His omnipotence. By definition, this intentional spiritual practice is transformative.
“The kind of spiritual life and disciplines required to sustain the Christian life are quiet, repetitive, and ordinary,” writes Tish Harrison Warren in her book Liturgy of the Ordinary. I frequently want to skip the mundane aspects of daily life in order to experience the thrill of a quirky faith.
But it is in the mundane of the Christian life—making the bed, doing the dishes, praying for our enemies, reading the Bible, being quiet, being small—that God’s transformation takes root and grows.”
Praying allows us to reflect on our blessings as well as our aspirations. Our time in prayer also allows us to reflect on where we have been immoral and wrong, to feel God’s grace and mercy, and to seek His guidance in all aspects of our days/lives. What could be better than putting this conscious practice first as we begin the new year? These 30 New Year’s prayers will undoubtedly inspire you and help you grow in faith in the new year.
Consult your hopes and dreams rather than your fears. Consider your unfulfilled potential rather than your frustrations. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed at, but with what is still possible. Now is the time to set aside past and current setbacks and failures and look forward with optimism to the new day known as tomorrow.
5 Payer for the New Year 2023
Prayer For Provision in the Coming Year
Thank you, God. We appreciate that no situation is beyond your ability to provide for. Because you are Jehovah-Jireh, the God of provision. We appreciate that you own everything and have complete control over it. We appreciate that you anticipate our needs before we ask or come to you. You’re aware of everything that concerns us, and you’ve devised a strategy.
You have the provision and the solution. You alone have the power to move mountains for your children. We ask for your response, in your time, in your way, for every need that weighs on our hearts. Forgive us for doubting you, for worrying, and for attempting to solve everything on our own.
Help us to believe in you more, and help us to trust you more. We choose to recognize and believe that you are capable of far more, far greater than we ever imagined possible. We thank you ahead of time for your miracles, for clearing paths, and for providing for those who love you.
Thank you for the bounty of blessings and goodness you have already accumulated. We believe in you today and every day, and we are grateful for your power and joy in our lives. Thank you for teaching us to be content in any situation; we love you, Lord, and we rely on you, Amen.
Prayer to Focus on Christ in the New Year
Lord, help me to keep my gaze fixed on you. There are so many competing voices vying for my attention. Please assist me in blocking them out so that I can concentrate on your voice. Assist me in making room for you and making time for you a top priority in my life. I pray in your name, Amen.
Prayer for Blessings in the Year Ahead
Father, Thank you for your wonderful love and blessings in our lives. Thank you for your unending favor, which lasts for the rest of our lives. Forgive us for forgetting that you are intimately familiar with all of our ways, that you know what concerns us, and that you protect us like a shield. We ask that we walk today in your blessing and goodness. That your face would shine brightly on us. That you would open the right doors for our lives and the lives of our loved ones, close the wrong doors, and protect us from those we need to avoid. Establish the work of our hands and complete all that you have assigned to us these days. We ask that you, in your goodness and love, make our path clear and our steps firm. Give us a wise heart to hear your voice, and make us strong through your abundant favor and grace. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer to Keep God First This New Year
Thank you, God. Thank you for making everything new. Thank you for everything you’ve allowed into our lives this year, both good and bad, which has reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every day.
We ask that your Spirit guide us through each step of this New Year. We ask that you guide our decisions and transform our hearts so that we desire you above all else. We ask that you open doors that need to be opened and close those that need to be closed tightly. We would appreciate it if you could assist us in releasing our hold on the things to which you have said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for your assistance in putting you first, above every dream and desire you’ve placed in our hearts.
We ask for your wisdom, your strength, and your power to be ever-present within us. We ask that you strengthen and courage us for the journey ahead. Give us abilities beyond what we believe we are capable of, and allow your gifts to flow freely through us so that you will be honored by our lives and others will be drawn to you. We beseech you to keep us safe from the snares and traps of temptation. That you would whisper in our ears when we needed to run and in our hearts when we needed to stand firm.
We beseech you to keep our families and friends safe. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us safe from the enemy’s evil intent; that you would be a barrier to surround us, and that we would be safe in your hands. We ask that you give us wisdom and insight beyond our years so that we can understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways. We ask that you keep our steps firm and on solid ground, assisting us in remaining consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or left, or becoming easily distracted by other things that would seek to draw us away from a close walk with You.
Forgive us for working so hard to be self-sufficient that we forgot our need for you, living apart from your spirit. Forgive us for allowing fear and worry to rule our minds and pride and selfishness to wreak havoc on our lives. Please forgive us for not following your instructions and for living apart from your presence. We confess our need for you…new…new…again. We ask that you make everything new in our hearts, minds, and lives for the coming year. We beseech you to refresh us.
Keep your words of truth firmly planted within us, help us to stay focused on what is pure and right, and give us the strength to obey your word. And when the enemy reminds us of where we’ve been, hissing lies, and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, reminding us that we are safe with you and that your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you serve as our defense and rear guard, keeping our path clear, removing obstacles, and covering potential hazards. Lord, guide us on your level terrain.
We ask that you meet our needs and grant us your grace and favor. We pray for your blessings to cover us, for you to help us prosper, and for every plan you have conceived in our hearts to succeed. We hope that others notice your goodness and can’t help but say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”
Help us to be known as great givers, to be generous and kind, and to consider the needs of others rather than our own. May we be lovers of truth, and may the fruits of your spirit – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – be evident in our lives.
Shine your light within us, through us, and all around us. May we make a difference in the world for the glory and purposes of God. Set your way ahead of us. May your plans all come true. We might be able to reflect your peace and hope to a world in desperate need of your presence and healing. Glory and honor to you in this New Year and forever. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
Prayer For a Strong Relationship WIth God
I am grateful that You are with me and in me. Resolutions may appear one year and then disappear the next. This year, open my ears so that I can hear and enjoy You at every crossroads when You tell me to turn right or left. Amen.
Bible Verses for the Coming New Year
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Rev. 21:5
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is. 43:18-19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” Phil. 3:13
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Is. 40:31
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them…” Ezekiel 11:19
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”Ps. 20:4
“You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance.” Ps. 65:11