Each year, I write a prayer of blessing over the coming year’ that you can pray. As you read this, let it become your prayer for 2018.
I want to pause and give you thanks for how you moved and worked in my life over the past year. I know that you did so many things in my life where I failed to recognize it as your hand working things out for my good. You are a good Father who has provided for me in the past, and i know you’ll continue to in the future. I give you permission to continue to work out your good and perfect plan in my life in the coming year.
For 2018, I’m asking that you would awaken dreams I’ve let go of. Bring them back to life so you can fulfill them this year. I pray that the seeds I’ve sown will bear much fruit in 2018. Show me where to scatter seeds, and teach me to water them with prayers from your Word. Rebuke the devourer in Jesus’ name. Keep him away from all that you’ve given me and placed in my hand, and multiply my crops.
Help me to grow closer to you in 2018. I want to walk with you daily so that I know you more. Help me to hear your voice more clearly, and give me the courage to do what you say. I want to be known an as a person who obeys you. Use me to accomplish your plan in this world, and help me to love others the way you want me to. I want my life to be a life that leads others to you rather than one that pushes them away.
Grant my prayers this year like never before. Help me to delight myself in you. I pray that your hand of favor and blessing would rest on my life so that I can be a blessing to others. Continue to heal the hurts and wounds in my life and make me whole. Watch over me and those that I love. Block any and all attacks from the enemy that would come against me and try to prevent what you want to do in my life this year. I love you, Lord, and thank you in advance for all you’re going to do this year.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
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As is my custom for this site, here is a prayer for the new year that you can pray and make your own. I pray God’s blessings on your life this year.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We worship you and thank you for a new year. We thank you for the new mercies, greater grace, and fuller life that it will bring. May it be a year full of your favor in our lives. Keep your hand of blessing on us so that we can bless others. Open up doors that have been closed in the past. Lead us beside still water so that our souls are refreshed this year. Bring restoration to the parts of our lives that have been shattered and broken.
You alone are our strong foundation. You are the One we build our lives on. May we see growth and progress spiritually, financially, and emotionally in 2017. We know that you are good, and that you have good things for us. We give you the freedom to move and work in our lives this year as you see fit. Your plan for our lives is better than any plan we could ever come up with. We submit to you, your plans, and your goals for our lives.
Help us to have enough oil in our lamps to do the work you’ve called us to. Put the right people in our lives to stir up your gifts inside us, to move us in the direction you would have us go, and to maximize our potential. Help us to add value to our friends, family, and those who cross our path this year. Give us God ideas on how to build others up so they are rightfully restored to the people you created them to be.
Give us greater wisdom in all areas of our life so we make better choices this year. Give us discernment so we can know your voice, your path, and your direction in our lives. May this be a year of tremendous growth, productivity, and expansion for us and your Kingdom. Use us to spread your light, your life, and your compassion so that you will be lifted up and people will be drawn to you. Thank you in advance for all you’re going to do, and we give you all the honor and glory as we dedicate this year to you.
In Jesus name we pray,
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank for the start of a new year and a new chapter in my life. Help me to make the most out of this year by focusing on the things you want me to focus on. I ask that you would put people in my life that would draw me closer to you and to the will that you have for my life. For my existing friends, let us mutually stir up the gifts you’ve placed inside each of us so that we will love you and serve you the way we were intended to.
This past year had victories and losses. Teach me to be humble in victory and forgiving in defeat. Help me to let go of past hurt so that no root of bitterness will spring up. Give me the grace to forgive others and the courage to speak truth in love. I want to be a reflection of your Son Jesus who was full of grace and truth. I want to be able to be free by letting go of the things that don’t matter so I can hold on to the blessings you’re going to bring into my life this year.
I ask that 2016 would be a year of blessing. Open up the windows of Heaven and pour them out on my life and into the lives of my family and friends. I know that every good and perfect comes down from you, and I’m asking you to rain down those gifts this year. Help us not to hoard the gifts you give, but to use them to glorify you and to make you known. Whatever you give to me, you can get through me to whomever you please.
This year, I want to act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with you. I want to live this year better than I did last year. I want to give you more of my time, my resources, and my talents. I want 2016 to be the year I hold nothing back from you. I want to experience unparalleled growth in my life, in my relationships, and in my walk with you. I’m asking that you create rivers in the desert and open doors that have been shut. Show me the paths you want me to walk down so when 2017 comes around, I’ll be where you need me to be.
I give 2016 to you. I want what you want for me this year. Help me to lay aside my desires for the year and to embrace your desires. Give me strength to do what you have called me to do. Give me courage to go where you’ve called me to go. Give me ears that hear your voice and eyes that see your path. Keep me from turning to the right or the left, and help me to stay focused on you. May 2016 be known as the year of your blessing in my life. I trust you to do what I’ve asked because I’ve prayed according to your will.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for all of the blessings you gave me last year. I don’t always stop and say, “Thanks,” when you give them to me. Partly because I forget to and partly because I don’t always recognize them. I know that you bring things into my life and take them out as part of your plan. I confess that I don’t always understand your plan so I don’t always agree with what you do. This year, I pray that you open my eyes to see your plan better and help me to accept it even though I may not understand it.
As I look back on the past year, there were a lot of victories, but there were also significant losses. At times, I was broken to the point where I couldn’t see your hand in the situations. I didn’t know if I could go on, but you were faithful to stand by my side in the darkest valley. Your Holy Spirit was my comforter and my encourager. You lifted my head and gave me the strength to get back up. In the coming year, I pray that you would be my guide through valleys and mountain tops. Lead me where you want me to go and I will follow.
As this new year starts, I want to recommit my whole self to you. I give you my heart, my soul, my past, my present and my future. I can’t change the things that have happened in the past, but I can give you control over how I think about them. Help me to walk in your freedom this year. Remove any chains that are holding me back and help me to strip off any weights that are slowing me down. I want to be free to serve the way you want me to. I want to live this year for your purpose so I can find more of mine.
I don’t know what this year will bring, but to you, it’s already history. You know each step I will take. I pray that you will use your Word to be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Give me the courage to step out in faith when you call me and the patience to stand still as I wait to hear your voice. My desire is to be more obedient to your will this year than in any other year of my life. I know that’s not an easy thing to do, but when the next year rolls around I want you to be able to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I pray that you will continue to bless me and my family so that we can be a blessing to others. I pray that you would use us to do the miraculous and to be the answer to the prayers of others. May your light shine through our lives brighter than ever so that when people see us, they see you. Help us to be a reflection of you through our words and actions. Use us to point others to the cross and to encourage them through your Word. We give you permission to do with our lives this year as you see fit. Make us a city on a hill that can’t be hidden and salt that brings flavor to the world if those we connect with.
In the name of jesus I pray,