Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 12/30

Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 12/30
A new year begins on Monday, Lord

    and I’m praying I’ll begin 2024
       as best I can – and with your help!

If there’s one thing I’m sure of – it’s this:

    I can’t count on myself

        to make the changes I need to make…
Only with your help, Lord,

    will I change and grow 
       and turn my heart around

          only with your help…

You’re the Lord of

    freely given pardons,

    second chances,

    clean slates,

    fresh starts

    and new beginnings

– and I’m gonna need all of the above

      as I begin a new

Most of all, Lord, 
   refresh and restore my hope 
that, indeed, I can make

    a new beginning, a fresh start,

and that you’ll give me

    the second or hundredth chance I need
        to hear your word and follow you,

        to live as I truly want to live,

        to do what I know you call me to do,

        to love as I truly want to be loved

        and to pray as I truly need to pray…

Don’t let my regret over

    past, failed attempts

keep me from trusting  
   that with your help 
        I can do, I can accomplish,
        I can realize my heart’s true desires

    and live in peace with all, 
        faithful to your word…

Make me modest in my pledges, Lord:

    let my new beginning be reasonable,

    my intentions pure and generous;

    my efforts guided by your Spirit

    and my success be the fruit of your grace…

Show me, Lord, in my heart of hearts,

    what you’d have me resolve;

help me persevere and follow through
    in the year that lies ahead…

Help me live the new year 
    one day at a time,

each day filled with
your mercy,

    with your freely given pardon

and all the second chances,

    clean slates and fresh starts

        that fall from your heart and hand…

January 1 will be the day that you make, Lord,
    help me live and keep it in your grace and peace;

bless and keep me as a new year dawns

    and I pledge again to walk in your light…