A Prayer for a New Year

Psalm 119:132-135

Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant and teach me they statutes.

For well over a year now, I have meditated and prayed through each section of Psalm 119.  I have actually worked on memorizing each section (still working on that part) and have thoroughly enjoyed the lessons I have learned and the growth I have experienced.  The section above has been my meditation this past week and I have used it as I have prayed over this new year ahead. Here are my 7 requests:

  1.  I pray for increasing fellowship with my God and Savior.  “Look thou upon me” is a cry for closeness and fellowship.  It is the idea of a child desiring to spend time with its father. “Look at me, daddy;” or  “Watch this, daddy,” are all cries I have heard from my own children who want my time and attention and affection. That is what I also want from my God in this year ahead.
  2. I pray for His mercy.  The more I know my own weaknesses and failures the more I recognize my need of His mercy.
  3. I pray for His direction.  “Order my steps in thy word.”  I want to make every decision by looking to Him and following His Word and His leading.
  4. I pray for victory. “Let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” I want victory over my tongue and my temptations. I want victory in regards to my purity. I want to be more Christlike than I have been in the past!  I pray for victory in this new year.
  5. I pray for deliverance. Specifically, the psalmist is asking for deliverance from other people.  Like the Apostle Paul, I want to be delivered from “unreasonable and wicked men” (2 Thess. 3:1-2).  I want to be delivered from the fear of man so that I can follow God in absolute obedience to His leading and directing in my life.
  6. I pray for favor. “Make thy face to shine upon thy servant.” I want God to bless me, and keep me, and to give me peace (cf. Num. 6:22-27).  I want to please Him and I want to be blessed by Him.
  7. I pray for growth. “Teach me thy statutes” is how David says it!  I want to learn God’s word and apply it to my life so that the Holy Spirit can use it to make me more like Jesus Christ. I want to grow more this year because I still gotta long way to go! So I am praying for growth.

Pray with me if you would like. And pray for me too! I need it.

What are you praying for this in this new year? Let me know and I will pray with you too.

Thanks for reading.

Your sincere friend,

Dave Young

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