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New Year Prayer

The great thing about having a friendship with God is that there is always the opportunity to start anew - God always offers us a new day and a new dawn, no matter what has gone before. At the start of the New Year, why not take a moment to thank Him for last year, ask His forgiveness for where you have failed, and dedicate the year ahead to Him - to serve and love the Lord afresh.

Featured on this page are a number of Christian prayers for the New Year, with a traditional Anglican prayer, a beautiful Celtic blessing, a modern prayer, a video prayer for children, and an inspiring short video about new beginnings with God for meditation and worship. There's also a short section at the bottom with bible verses suitable for the New Year.

A good way of reviewing the year ahead is to write down the main areas of your life (e.g. work - family - friends - church - leisure etc) and then think about what God might want to do in these areas during the next year. Once you've done this you might want to share this with your partner or a close friend, and give your decisions over to God in prayer.

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A Prayer for the New Year

An inspiring prayer which asks God for a new beginning in life, with uplifting music and images:-

read the words to this at prayerscapes

Good Faith Quote for the New Year:-

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887) Nineteenth century American clergyman and speaker.

New Year Prayer

New Year Prayer

A New Year's Prayer

Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.


(A modern prayer for the New Year from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

A New Month Blessing Prayer

An uplifting message for blessing those you love and think about at this time of year, which asks for God's peace and hope to be with us all:-

Ancient Irish Blessing

(A prayer suitable for sending as a New Year blessing to a friend or loved one).

Irish Blessing May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

Celtic Prayer

In Celtic spirituality, every day is a new day with God, a new start. A good interpretation of the following prayer can be found at this blog

God, bless to me the new day,
Never vouchsafed to me before;
It is to bless Thine own presence
Thou hast given me this time, O God.

Bless Thou to me mine eye,
May mine eye bless all it sees
I will bless my neighbour,
May my neighbour bless me.

God, give me a clean heart,
Let me not from sight of Thine eye;
Bless to me my children and my wife,
And bless to me my means and my cattle.

A traditional Celtic prayer translated by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), compiler of oral traditions in Scotland. Source: Academia

A Prayer of Self-Dedication

Anglican Prayer suitable for the start of a new year:-

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee;
and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.

New Year Prayer for Children

Cheeky Monkey TV is a fun way of helping children learn about prayer. In this episode, Cheeky Monkey learns about making New Year resolutions, and leads us in a prayer which asks for God's help:-

Do you want to give everything over to God this year? Then click here for the Methodist Covenant Prayer. This has to be one of the most challenging prayers you can pray! First used by John Wesley in the 18th Century, it has been used at Methodist Covenant Services ever since.

New Year's Day Prayer

This New Year's Day,
We are reminded that by Your amazing grace,
Each day is new,
Fresh and bursting with love,
From here to eternity.

Thank you Lord.

a contemporary New Year's Day prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com

A Good Catholic Prayer for the New Year can be found here at Loyola Press

Bible Verses for the New Year

Here are a selection of bible verses about new starts with God. Please take a moment to meditate on one or two of these scriptures and ask yourself what God might be saying to you for the year ahead.

God's Plans for our future are good

For I know the plans that I have for you,' says the LORD, 'plans for your welfare, and not for calamity, to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11, (NHEB)

God's compassion is new every morning

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)

Seek God for the future:-

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6, (NLT)

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