New Year’s Day prayer

Lutheran Book of PrayerThe Lutheran Book of Prayer is fantastic great little book of prayers. There are prayers for all sorts of things:

  • Prayers for every weekday in the morning and evening
  • Prayers for baptism, confession, absolution, worship, and Holy Communion
  • Prayers for holidays, festivals, and times of the church year
  • Prayers for the Church
  • Prayers Christian vocation
  • Prayers for our world, nation, and community
  • Prayers for our neighbors, family, and ourselves
  • Prayers for stronger faith,
  • Prayers for birthdays, anniversaries, childbirth, moving into a new home, and events
  • Prayers for circumstances, unemployment, illness, death, singleness, engagement, and weddings

I’ve bought many editions and versions of this book to have at home, work, in my travel bag, and now on my iPhone.

Here is the prayer for New Year’s Day (I added paragraph breaks so it’s easier to read):

It is on account of Your mercy alone, O Lord, that I am not consumed, because Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Abide with me, O God, throughout the coming year. Be my guide in all my perplexities, my strength in my weakness, my ever-ready help in all my troubles.

Forgive me all my sins. O Sabaoth Lord, look down from heaven and in grace behold and visit Your holy Church, which You have chosen for Your own. Preserve for us Your saving Word and Sacraments, that Your vine may send out its boughs from sea to sea and its branches to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Look graciously upon our nation and all the nations of the world, and bless them with peace. Grant to all that are in authority wisdom and courage to rule in such a way that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.

To You, almighty Creator and gracious God, I commit this nation, my church, my family and loved ones, and myself. Abide with me. With Your grace and mercy preserve me whole—soul and body—blameless to the coming of my Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

J.W. Acker, Lutheran Book of Prayer, Fifth Edition

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