Heart-Melting Prayers for the New Year

Do you ever feel like your prayers are lifeless and redundant? Do you find yourself praying for the same things each New Year—and then somehow forgetting them after a few days or weeks? (I ask that because I certainly do!) What if this year, instead of praying to lose weight or make more money or to be “blessed more” (not that those things are always wrong or bad), we asked God for something even more satisfying and lasting?

Join with me this New Year in praying some of the most theologically rich and moving prayers I’ve ever encountered. You can find them in the Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions or online here. Every time I read one of these hundreds of years old Puritan prayers my heart just melts. I hope they do the same for you. Here is a sample of two that I’m asking God to do in my life this year:

“Blessed Lord, let me climb up near to Thee, and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle with Thee, and pant for deliverance from the body of sin, for my heart is wandering and lifeless, and my soul mourns to think it should ever lose sight of its beloved. Wrap my life in divine love, and keep me ever desiring Thee, always humble and resigned to Thy will, more fixed on Thyself, that I may be more fitted for doing and suffering.”

“Strengthen me to give Thee no rest until Christ shall reign supreme within me in every thought, word, and deed, in a faith that purifies the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fastens me to Thee, and ever clings to the cross.”

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