Lord God, as I think about the year ahead I do have hope, but I admit I have some fears as well. I am carrying into the new year some problems from the past year. I also know that it is always possible that unexpected things might happen.
And so I throw myself on your mercy, dear God. In you I take refuge. I am glad that I can entrust the upcoming year to you, and to entrust my very self to you. Purify my heart, O Lord. Teach me your ways. Help me to make good, right, and healthy choices.
I also entrust my loved ones to you. I know how much they need your care. Please protect and guide them.
And, dear God, we pray for peace in our troubled world. We ask you to judge what is evil and to protect the innocent.
We take comfort in your words, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)
Make my life new again.
In Christ’s Name,