New Year’s Prayer: A Christian Prayer of Obedience and Surrender

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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“New Year’s Prayer” is a Christian prayer by Jack Zavada. Written in poetry form, the prayer resounds with a re-dedication theme of daily surrender and obedience to the Lord.

New Year’s Prayer

Lord, this year I want to change, 
and I’ve said that in the past. 
but now my prayer is different 
’cause I understand at last.

I wanted my own way before, 
I ignored your loving plans. 
But now I’m putting everything 
into your nail-scarred hands.

I promise to obey you 
out of gratitude and love. 
I won’t be giving orders 
to my Father up above.

I finally realize the truth 
and so I’ve changed my prayer. 
The safest place for me to be 
is in your gentle care.

Please be my shepherd, Jesus
that’s all I ask of you. 
In good times and in bad this year, 
Take my hand and lead me through.

Amen.

–Jack Zavada

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