Year’s End Prayer

Psalm 118:1, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

If you have never spent time reading the Puritan classic work, The Valley of Vision, I highly commend it to you. It is rich with theological truth as the writers offer prayers and meditations for Christians of all ages and cultures. Here is the prayer entitled “Year’s End” which should encourage and challenge every believer as we embark upon a new year tomorrow.aprayerforthenewyear


Thou art good when thou givest, when thou takest away, when the sun shines upon me, when night gathers over me. Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world, and in love didst redeem my soul; thou didst love me still, in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.

Thy goodness has been with me during another year, leading me through a twisting wilderness, in retreat helping me to advance, when beaten back making sure headway.

Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead; I hoist sail and draw up anchor, with thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past. I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.

If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation, thou wilt be with me in them; if I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation, I shall not drown; if I am to die, I shall see thy face the sooner; if a painful end is to be my lot, grant me grace that my faith fail not; if I am to be cast aside from the service I love, I can make no stipulation; only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial, as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.


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