A Prayer for the New Year

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Dear friends,

First, can we tell you how encouraged and ecstatic we are about your response to yesterday’s announcement?! We are thrilled that so many of you want to join us in reading through the Bible in 2015—and we can’t wait to start #365DaysOfTruth with you!

As we walk through the final days of 2014 and through the door to a brand new year, we want you to know we praying for you.

We are praising the Lord for your ministry to one other within this beautiful, worldwide community. We are thanking Him for the way you point your friends, your neighbors, your families, and us to Jesus. We are marveling at how He has brought all of us together in this online-meets-real-life space, and how He so graciously continues to bring more sisters to this table.

As you turn the page to a new calendar year and new possibilities, new challenges and new joys, new mercies and the boundless grace of Christ, we are praying for you and with you.

Below is a New Year prayer from one of our team’s favorite books on prayer, The Valley of Vision. Would you pray this with us as we lay before the Lord the days that are past and those that are to come—acknowledging Him as the Giver of days, the Redeemer of our souls, and the Receiver of all glory? May we use the coming days as an opportunity not to merely make lists and clean out closets, but to reorient our hearts and our gaze to the One in whom our only hope rests, Jesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord,
Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in Thy presence,
in Thy service, to Thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from Thee,
but may rely on Thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth Thy praise,
testify Thy love,
advance Thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with Thee, O Father as my harbor,
Thee, O Son, at my helm,
Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to Thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.

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.
May Thy fear by my awe,
Thy triumphs my joy.

Amen.

We love you, sweet friends!

xoSRT

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  • McKinley

    looking forward to a great year

  • Stephanie

    How do I find the program to read through the bible in this app? This is such an encouraging group, and I don’t want to miss out. :)

  • Thank you so much SRT! I am embarking on a new journey in college, and I cannot thank you enough for being a way in which I can talk to and learn more about God! It can get tricky but your consistency reminds me of God, your sweet but true words point me to God, and your directness and passion reminds me of a Christian life. Thank you!

  • Brittney

    Thank you so much for this beautiful message & prayer! Happy new year sisters!

  • What a gift SRT community is. Praise God and a blessed new year to you all.

  • Thank you for this beautiful prayer!

    • Bonolo

      Thank you such a beautiful and powerful prayer.I would like to join the bible study.

  • Such a beautiful prayer friends.

  • mjasi253

    Copied this prayer into my phone notes for frequent reference. Happy New Year, all!

  • I just love this prayer! Beautiful! May God continue to bless SRT in 2015, immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine! ❤️

  • Brenna.Thies

    What a beautiful prayer!! I am going to copy this and make this my prayer for the year of 2015!

  • Tawanda Munyuki

    I tawanda would like to join the bible study team

  • What a beautiful prayer to reflect on as we embark on a new year!! I am excited about this community of women to encourage one another!!

  • Brighton Keller

    Love this prayer. :)

  • Excited to join this fellowship of sisters in Christ! So looking forward, embarking on the ever moving waters the Lord has for me this new year. I pray that I remain connected to hear HIS voice all the more clearly at the helm.

  • Amen! Thank you!

  • Love this site more than anything! Cannot wait for the book of John! Thanks so much for the wonderful advent series.

  • Tleefowler

    So excited about the Bible in a Year plan. Thank you!

  • Kaz Williamson

    Excited here too! Several ladies joining me in house for the John study in January.. Hoping to video it.. Share and encourage. Praying!

  • Bind My Wandering Heart

    So excited about 2015. Thank you for everything this year. Happy New Year!

  • I am so glad I found you thanks to @thesmallseed. I am looking forward to 2015 with you!

    • Tamisha

      I am so thankful and grateful for Shereadstruth. I am looking toward to getting closer to god. I can’t live without his grace and mercy. Happy new year everyone!!!!!!!

    • crystal

      I love this prayer thank u for letting me be able to read the prayer.God bless u.

  • Wonderful message thank you! Happy New Year lovely ladies!! May God bless you all in 2015 with a closer fellowship and walk with Him.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR SISTERS!!!! :)

  • Beautiful prayer! Thank you for a beautiful year of bringing me closer to my Savior! I have loved every study and am so thankful for She Reads Truth! Look forward to another awesome year with all of you!

  • Jacqueline

    Sooo looking forward to everything that God has in store for me in 2015! & I can not wait to start #365DaysOfTruth. Yayy!!

  • LoveHimso

    What an amazing year! God has proven Himself faithful, never leaving my side. Can’t be anything but grateful.

  • Looking forward to daily encouragement with #SRT #2015

  • Yi-Lin Ng

    Thank you for the beautiful prayer. It is something that I need. Looking forward to what 2015 brings.

  • Jennifer

    I❤️this prayer!

  • This prayer brought me to tears. God has used SRT in my life to draw me close to Him this year and teach me to be disciplined in His word. I am so excited to see what He accomplishes through my life in the new year!

  • This group of gals is so wonderful – despite never seeing your faces nor chatting over coffee, I feel so connected with you as we navigate the tumultuous end of 2014 and dive full speed ahead into the new year. Mentally I don't feel ready to turn the page. I'm not ready to write 2015 on the top of all my pages. My lists aren't color coded. I haven't crafted my new boards to keep me on track. I feel like 2015 is pulling me by the arms and I am fighting to keep my feet dug into the ground.

    And then I come here and I'm reminded – Jesus's got this. And I don't have to be perfect on day one. I can savor the sweet moments of the present and work my way through each goal and desire as they come. And I'm prepared to put the reins in God's hands and he can guide me to exactly where I need to be. This is new for me – I'm new, and the weight of control and struggle has eased on my heart ever since I turned things over to God this year. I am fresh, I am a brand new believer, and I am beyond ecstatic to see the blessings ahead of me.

    May peace be with all of you as the new year ticks ever closer.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Kady, we love having you in our community! You are so right: He has this! Waiting expectantly and prayerfully for the glorious things He will do in 2015:) Praise be to Him!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Laura

      I’ve never done one of your studies before but I’m super excited to do this one!

  • Danielle

    What an amazing prayer, I needed that today and I need to check that book out. I had been longing to make a list but this was right on time. God bless you all and your families, SRT team and commenters :)

  • Lakeisha

    Thank you SRT!!!!! My heart melts with each & every post, I love this ministry because of your LOVE for the Word of God!
    What A beautiful prayer…………….

    • shereadstruth

      Lakeisha, we love having you in our community! Thanks for reading Truth with us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • So looking forward to doing 2015 with you all ✨

    • SheReadsTruth

      We are so excited, Susan!! Thrilled you are joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I have been using The Valley of Vision for about 7 years and am continually amazed at the prayers written so long ago by the Puritans and how they are still applicable today. I sometimes camp out on a prayer for weeks before moving on. They are deep and rich. I highly recommend this book!
    I'm thrilled that my daughter told me about SRT. And just in time for the Advent series! Loved it and looking forward to studying John next. Thank you, SRT, for all your hard work and time. ☺️

  • MrsSeaman

    Love the prayer!!! Looking forward to the new year and growing closed to God as well as others!

  • I truly enjoyed the prayer and look forward to praying this prayer over my life, friends lives, and family lives

  • I needed this prayer today. Thank you, thank you.

  • Jenny Raymond

    What a beautiful prayer for us all! I thank God for what this community has meant to me over this last year, and for what it will deepen into in the year to come! To God be the glory. I give thanks for each of you, my sisters.

  • Ms. J Rivers

    I'm sooo excited for this. Perfect accountability team!!

  • Sooo looking forward to this!

  • Beth Warner

    I love how Real everyone is that writes and reads the studies and posts. Thank you so much!! I can't wait for the study of John and going through the a Bible with all you gals.:)

  • KatSmith1026

    Thank you for consistently sharing your hearts with the community, with us. At the very least, I am so blessed by it. Praying alongside you!

  • Amen! Thrilled to be walking alongside all of you.

    • shereadstruth

      Amy, it's such a joy to have you with us! Grace and peace to you, friend!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Sarah Jane

    So grateful to find you all. What a beautiful prayer. A lovely start to 2015. Thanks for all you do. May God continue to bless you and this community!

  • amyekrieger

    So excited for the new plan!

  • Beautiful prayer…true indeed no better days than those spent in prayer and meditating on God’s awesomeness. Be blessed in the new year and beyond

  • Zsanae Miller

    Thank you she reads truth leadership for being mindful of Gods leading in all you do. May God grow us all and may many come to salvation.

  • Zsanae Miller

    I have so grown in my love for this ministry and the community if godly women. I pray we are knit together for His glory

    • shereadstruth

      Zsanae, we love having you in our community! It's such a joy to read Truth with you each day. Praying for your 2015!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

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