A Very Old Prayer for Your New Year!

Guide me on the journey4The following New Years prayer was first offered back in the 1700’s. It is from the largely forgotten deposit of the Puritan Movement of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These people knew God and they certainly knew how to pray. We can learn a lot from them. They are written in old english. I have updated a few outdated words and changed the Thee’s and Thou’s to make it more 2015. However, they still have the feel of that era. This prayer, along with many others, can be found in a book titled “The Valley of Vision”, by Arthur Bennet…

 

Oh LORD,

A long life does not profit me except the days are spent

in Your presence,

In Your service,

for Your glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains,

sanctifies, and aids every hour,

that I may not be one moment apart from You.

May I rely on Your Spirit to

supply every thought,

speak every word,

direct every step,

prosper every work,

build up every ounce of faith.

Give me a desire to

show forth Your praise,

testify of Your love and

advance Your kingdom.

I launch my ship on the unknown waters of this year,

with You, O Father, as my harbor,

You, O Son, at my helm,

You, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with

my lamp burning,

my ear open to Your calls,

my heart full of love,

my soul free.

Give me Your grace to sanctify me,

Your comforts to cheer,

Your wisdom to teach,

Your right hand to guide,

Your counsel to instruct,

Your law to judge,

Your presence to stabilize.

May Your fear be my awe,

Your triumphs my joy.

If you found this prayer helpful you may also want to read this prayer: A 300 Year Old Christian Prayer: “Lord, Help Me Follow You”.

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Posted on December 31, 2014, in Christianity, Prayer and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Thank you Jim. This is wonderful – they truly did know how to pray! “May I rely on Your Spirit to supply every thought,…” Yes Lord.

    Do you mind if I reblog.

    Thanks much,
    Ben

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  2. Great prayer. For me, very appropriate this year.

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  3. You’re right. They certainly knew how to pray.

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  4. Reblogged this on Another Red Letter Day and commented:
    A wonderful prayer for the start of a new year.

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  5. I love this–>

    “I launch my ship on the unknown waters of this year,

    with You, O Father, as my harbor,

    You, O Son, at my helm,

    You, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.”

    What a great vision to behold. As comforting as it is grand.

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  6. What a great prayer for the New Year!

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  7. Beautiful prayer. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. “May I rely on Your Spirit to

    supply every thought,

    speak every word,”

    This is so very the desire of my heart as I write! Happy New Year!

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