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Golden candles of 2024 remind us to pray a prayer for the new year.

A Prayer for the New Year

Happy New Year! I’m old enough to remember when Y2K was a thing, and here we are almost a quarter century later. Time really does fly. Let’s start out January with a prayer for the new year.

A woman in a red sweater outside in the snow prays a prayer for the new year.

Dear Lord, You are timeless, but we humans are bound to time. And so we step onto a fresh path of a new year. Thank You for walking with me. The past year was like most every year: there were highs and lows, sometimes on the same day! But through it all, You have been there. And I am grateful.

As I enter this new year, I ask that You would give me eyes to see people are circumstances the way You do. Help me to have compassion in a way I haven’t experienced before. I can have my resolutions, but Lord, I admit that I am weak. I can’t accomplish any of it on my own.

Adventure awaits if I’m willing to step out in faith. Help me to seek You in every circumstance and to trust that You have my best in mind in all things. You can be fully trusted because you have always been faithful. May I learn that in an even clearer way this year.

May this year be filled with blessings, even ones in disguise. Let me see where You are working in the world around me so that I might join You in that work. Take my eyes off myself and place them firmly on Jesus. It’s in His name that I pray, amen.

Now listen to a sample of this meditation from Abide about new beginnings from Revelation 21:5.

It’s a new year, a new beginning, a fresh start! Let this prayer for the new year guide you into a positive outlook for 2024. And let Abide go with you all year long. Our daily devotionals, guided biblical meditations, Bible-based sleep stories, specialized guides, and monthly features exist to help you experience the peace of Christ. There’s no better resolution you can make than to walk each day with God, spending time with Him in His Word. Use this link for 25% off a premium subscription. Happy New Year!

Stephanie Reeves is a writer and the senior editor of Abide.