Two Prayers

January 1, 2014
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Listen while you read: "Standing At The Portal Of The Opening Year"1 (Lyrics)

I wondered whether it would be just empty words if I wrote "Happy New Year" to PresbyCan Daily readers. Then I remembered the two prayers written by the apostle Paul to the Ephesians. I pray those prayers almost every morning for loved ones and those in need. I pray them for you. (Numbering and italics added)

Prayer for spiritual wisdom: Ephesians 1:15-20 (NLT)

Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to (1) give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that (2) your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called — his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will (3) understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God's right hand in the heavenly realms.

Prayer for spiritual growth: Ephesians 3:14-21 (NLT)

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will (1) empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. (2) Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. And may you have the (3) power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you (4) experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be (5) made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through (6) his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

A "Happy New Year" message comes from my heart where Christ lives. I pray from my heart. So any good wishes are a kind of prayer.

"Happy New Year!" is the short form of my prayers for you!

Prayer: Father in heaven, in the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord, we ask: make us complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from You! Amen.

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Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for your devotional. Happy New Year!

    Thanks for a good message Pat and Happy New Year.

    Very well done Pat. Happy New Year to you. Blessings.

    Thank you Pat ~ and may he hear us as we too pray those same prayers.

    I thank you. It is a wonderful message to start the year. My heart is full.

    Thank you Pat.
    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!
    God bless.

    Thank-you for “your” wonderful New Year’s prayer. And to you & yours also may our gracious Lord bless you with a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Thank you Pat! What better blessing than God’s word which is so powerful!
    “A Happy New Year” to you too as we venture forward with God!

    What wonderful words to show us, so we can carry them in our minds and then in our hearts every day of this New Year. Thank you for your devotional.

    Thank you Pat! I value your heart-felt prayers as well as your gift of writing. Blessings and peace for 2014; may the Lord grant your family a healthy and prosperous New Year.

    Dear Pat,
    Happy New Year! to you too. May God continue to speak into your writings in 2014.

    Thank you so much for this mornings devotion. Making the bible work and come alive warms my heart, and tools to pray for my young family are a blessing beyond worth. “Happy New Year” will forever have a new meaning for me!

    Dear Madam,
    For all you wish for others, have same and a double portion.
    Stay Blessed.

    Dear Pat,
    Thank you so much for the comforting message. It is warming to my heart. May God bless you as you continue to minister through your writings, and most important wishing you a happy and healthy new year 2014.

    Good morning Pat,
    What a powerful greeting, message and prayer. I will share this with my
    loved ones today. Thank you so very much for sharing this with us this
    morning. I pray you will continue to be a powerful blessing to us all.
    Happy New Year.

    This is a wonderful devotion. God bless you.

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