A Prayer for the New Year

Dear Father,

Now that the New Year is upon us, let us be encouraged and full of faith as we stand firm together – united in prayer. Though there are parts of the world hurting and in disarray, we know there is always hope.

Lord, you are our anchor – and you are the answer to a lost and broken world.

We thank you for the promised day when the old will pass away and you will wipe away every tear – when mourning, crying, and pain will cease. We ask you for your kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. We pray particularly for families devastated by hunger, drought and disasters, and for innocent people caught up in conflicts. For those disheartened or in despair, we ask for courage, strength and your love to shine through even in the most difficult of circumstances. Comfort those who need your love, and bring peace into situations where all seems lost.

We thank you that we, the church, can help to bring hope to those in need, and give thanks for Tearfund staff and partners working in troubled countries. We ask for more of your blessing so we can continue to bring life, hope, and dignity.

Father, teach us to pray for those in greatest need; and strengthen us by your Spirit to reach out, together, across the world. Help us each and every day to be the hands and feet of Jesus on earth.

We thank you God that you are good, and we praise and bless your Holy name.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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