Happy New Year!
I think many of us were thankful to turn the calendar page and start the new year.
Each January 1st, we dream of new opportunities, fresh starts, and endless possibilities.
Have you made your list of goals and resolutions for the year?
Last year, I made it a goal to write a devotion and prayer for every chapter of the New Testament and I loved it! It was a wonderful blessing to be able to dig more deeply into the truths of God’s Word and share with you some of the things the Lord was teaching me.
And you blessed me so much with your encouragement! Thank you!
The Lord gave me so much joy as I wrote and interacted with all of you last year that I want to do something similar this year.
5 Minute Faith-filled Devotions and Prayers
I’ll start the year with some of my favorite verses but I really want to focus on your favorite verses and the verses that make you pause with questions.
I want to talk about what you want to talk about.
So, I need your help. I need you to share your favorite verses or the ones you’d just like to talk about.
I want us all to dig deeper and grow together.
Today, I want to start with a couple of verses written by Jeremiah.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!Lamentations 3:22–23
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I’ll bet you didn’t expect to start with verses from Lamentations!
Jeremiah wrote these words after Jerusalem was destroyed by Babylon. He had seen people tortured, killed, and taken captive.
In chapter 2, he wrote…
I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken.Lamentation 2:11a
As we look back at the last couple of years, there have been plenty of reasons to feel sad and anxious. But like Jeremiah, we are not without hope.
God is great! His love and mercy never end . . . they are greater than the past however it looks.
“The Lord is my inheritance;Lamentations 3:24
therefore, I will hope in him!”
When we have His grace, mercy, and love through Jesus . . . we have hope!
A Prayer for Hope in 2022
Lord, thank you for the fresh start of a new year. Thank you for Your loving mercy . . . for forgiveness and clean slates. Thank you for hearing my humble repentance and for removing my sins as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
Your Word says that repentance is not only being sorry for my sins but it’s turning to You. Repentance is admitting that Your commands are right and good. Repentance is surrendering my stubborn will to Your perfect will. Repentance is faith in You, my Lord and Savior. (Acts 20:21)
I come to You and give you every moment of this year. I surrender my thoughts, my words, and my actions to You. Please, by the power of Your Spirit, guard my eyes and ears . . . help we choose what I watch and hear carefully. Guide me and help me wisely choose what I say and do.
By Your grace, fill me with hope. Give me eyes to see what You are doing in the world around me. Give me ears to hear Your truth and know Your heart. Give me all I need to say and do things that will build up those around me. Give us Jesus!
Lord Jesus, You are the Way of Salvation, the Truth that sets us free, and the Life that lasts forever. You are the hope that never fails. And it is in Your name, I pray. Amen.
Jesus is our hope . . . today, tomorrow, and always.
I’m praying for you and asking the Lord to give you peace and fill you with hope throughtout the year ahead!
May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today and always.
Please let us know how we can pray for you in the comments below or on the Blessing Counters Prayer Page. And don’t forget to share the verses you’d like us to talk and pray about.
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