The new year is a great time to dedicate yourself to praying for our nation. As we move into 2013, pray for God to reveal in our own hearts any prejudices that keep us from praying for those in authority over us. Are you unable to pray for your boss, our senators or even the president because you disagree with them? If the Bible teaches us to pray for those in authority over us, then we’re called to overcome those feelings. Remember as we pray for others in the new year that we must often ask God to change us first.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what areas of the nation He wants you to be praying for this year. If you need help getting started, please read The First Prayer page from this blog. You may also consider using our weekly devotional book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot.
A Prayer for the New Year
by Joshua J Masters
Father of New Beginnings, your love and compassion is new every morning.1 I come before you, standing at the threshold of a new year, with a dedicated and contrite heaBefore I step into this new season, make clear to me anything I need to leave behind. Reveal my sin. Expose any unforgiving or negative thoughts in my heart so they might be left here—for you have said:
“Forget the former things;
Do not dwell in the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.”
Whatever trials I’ve been facing, I place them in your hands. Teach me, in this new year, to seek a closer relationship with you—for you have promised to draw near to those who seek you.2 During this year, I am dedicated to reading your Word, listening for your direction, praying and fasting. I also commit myself to praying for America and for those in authority over me.3
Only you know the end from the beginning,4 and I trust in your sovereignty. You know exactly what our nation will face this year, and I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what I should be praying for.
Give me a heart for the president and his family, even when I disagree with him. Erase any prejudice of partisanship from within me so I might pray for your will over my own. Teach me how to serve my community and country by serving the Kingdom, and allow me to encourage other Christians to pray for our nation. I ask for your blessing on America this year. May you be given glory for our prosperity, and may we seek you in times of trouble.
1 Lam. 3:22-23
2 2 Timothy 2:1-3
3 James 4:8
4 Isaiah 46:10
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