“Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” Romans 12:1a
Going into the new year, many of us will plan to begin anew. New diets and exercise regiments. New Bible studies and reading plans. New organization and time management routines. Many will commit to break bad habits, restore broken relationships, and be “better” people. We call these New Year’s resolutions. I confess. I’m not a fan of New Year Resolutions. I want something better. What about you?
I decided to write a prayer. But not just any prayer. Reread Romans 12:1. That’s a powerful message. Paul tells us to take our lives and place them before God as an offering. This is my New Year’s offering.
Heavenly Father, I praise You as my Creator. You are the Author of my life. You are the Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. You are all I need. My heart’s desire in this New Year is to grow closer to You. In knowing You better, I will know myself more because my identity is found in You.
I want to become a believer after Your own heart. God, I ask You to help me each day carve out time to spend with You. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to understand all that You will teach me. Make my heart tender to hear Your voice.
Give me a heart of humility. If there is anything in me that keeps me from hearing You, reveal it to me. Cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me so I can be in perfect fellowship with You.
Fill my heart with Your truth. Plant it deep so that it takes root. Move me. Change me. Transform me. Empower me to live out what I hear and learn.
Every day of this New Year, make my life one long walk of obedience in response to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit Who lives and reigns in me. Let Your love and Your Word shape my life. This is my prayer offering. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now let’s commit together to praying more throughout the year. Asking God to change us from the inside out and see what amazing plans He has for us.
Happy New Year!