This is the time of the year that I typically do a lot of reflection on the past year and spend some time thinking about what may be coming in the new year. Perhaps you are like me. Here are some questions that can assist in looking forward:
- What do I want to see the Lord do in my life now and perhaps in the coming year?
- What are some of the burdens I have for my family, friends and ministry? How does the Lord want me to pray for these?
- Is there one verse or promise that I want to pray for in my life in the coming year?
- What am I anxious about as I think of the coming year?
These are suggestive questions. I really am not advocating detailed planning for the new year. I read in James this morning words of caution and perspective that brings focus to our hopes and plans.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:13-17)
May you see His amazing grace and goodness in the coming year.
David wrote Psalm 143 in a time of trouble.
His prayer then is relevant to me and perhaps you.
“Let me hear in the morning
of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
from my enemies, O LORD!
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
For your name’s sake,
preserve my life!
In your righteousness
bring my soul
out of trouble!”
Take a few minutes to read and reflect on these verses. How do they apply to you?
How do they encourage you?
In a spirit of prayer to the Lord, re-read these verses making them your prayer.
Jesus came for people from every tribe, nation and peoples. Some of His last words to the Disciples reflect this heart and provided clear focus for their actions.
Jesus said, “… that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)
Take a moment to ask Abba how He wants you to focus some of your actions toward peoples of the nations.
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:11-12)
Take a moment to pray the above for some people the Lord brings to your mind.