Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Prayer for New Year's Day

Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
Uphold me that I may be safe,
That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.

Ps. 119:116-117, NASB

O Love beyond compare,
Thou are good when thou givest,
                          when thou takest away,
                          when the sun shines upon me,
                          when night gathers over me.

Thy goodness has been with me during another year,
              leading me through a twisting wilderness,
              in retreat helping me to advance,
              when beaten back making sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past.
I bless thee that thou has veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.
If thou has appointed storms of tribulation,
         thou will be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
         I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
         I shall see thy face the sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
         grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
         I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
         as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
        with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
                 thee, O Son, at my helm,
                 thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
                thy comforts to cheer,
                thy wisdom to teach,
                thy right hand to guide,
                thy counsel to instruct,
                thy law to judge,
                thy presence to stabilize.
My thy fear be my awe,
       thy triumphs my joy.

~from "Year's End" and "New Year" in The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

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