“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”1 Corinthians 2:1-2
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she wil honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.” Proverbs 4:7-9
O Lord of time, God of the years, seasons, months, and days, Ruler of the rhythm of day and night, I thank you for the gift of 2013. A year of life and grace, of hope and blessing. You were my keeper, my rock, my refuge: a mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing! Nevertheless I thank you for the turning of the calendar, the beginning of a new day, the start of a new year, a new canvas for your mercies.
Today I pray, let me make much of You in 2014. Let me think more of your glory than my goals, more of your will than my wishes, more of your redemption than my resolutions. Jesus be the center and the circumference, the first and the last, of my days. O God, I want to know you more deeply by the revelation of this Jesus of Nazareth, You who stand in the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John bidding me welcome, come and dine. Yes, let me know You and make You known.
But just as well, O Lord, the Giver of Proverbs, let me make best use of my days and weeks as they add up into months and another year. Give me your wisdom in the handling of my thoughts, emotions, energies, time, and relationships. Fill me with faith, hope, and joyful expectation to pursue good, godly visions and goals for myself and my family. You are the God of Gideon, the giver of victory, and the blesser of Men. Let me walk and live in that expectation. O God, You are good and I will believe it, I will declare it, and I will act upon it.
So I give 2014 to you. I trust you with it, with myself, my marriage, my children, my work, my ministry, my goals, dreams, and wishes—all of me. You will make far more of it than I ever could alone.
To the Giver of All Good Things, In Christ’s Name, Amen.