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Near to the Heart of God


As this new year begins, I will draw near to Your heart, O God, with a true heart in full assurance of faith. Teach me to number my days that I may apply my heart to wisdom. Yes, Lord, I will get wisdom and understanding; I will not forget nor turn away from Your words. I will trust in You with all my heart rather than lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge You and trust You to direct my paths. Now may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. (Heb. 10:22a; Ps. 90:12; Prov. 4:5; 3:5-6; Ps. 19:14, all kjv paraphrased)


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Crown This Year with Goodness

Crown this new year with Your goodness, Lord. Be mindful of us, O Lord, bless us; bless our house. Bless those who fear You, both small and great. All Your works shall praise You, Lord, and Your saints shall bless You. Every day I will bless You; and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Seven times a day I will praise You because of Your righteous judgments. I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart. At all times throughout this new year, I will continually praise You. I praise You, Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. (Ps. 65:11a; 115:12a, 13; 145:10, 2; 119:164; 9:1a; 34:1; 146:1, all kjv paraphrased)

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A Thousand Years in God's Sight

Everlasting Father, a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when they are past and as a few hours in the night. Behold, God, You are great and beyond understanding; Your years cannot be numbered or searched out. You appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down. And You change the times and the seasons; You remove and set up kings; You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to them that have understanding. Therefore, in these times and in this new year, I commit my spirit--my heart and my life--into Your hand; for You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. I commit my way to You, Lord; I also trust in You. (Ps. 90:4; Job 36:26; Ps. 104:19; Dan. 2:21; Ps. 31:5; Ps. 37:5a, all kjv paraphrased)

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Teach Me to Revere You

Father God, in this new year, I will come and listen to You; for You will teach me to revere and worshipfully fear You. I desire life and long for many days that I may see good. Therefore, I will keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceit. I will keep my heart from idols. I will be careful so that my heart will not be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. I will submit to You, O Lord, and be at peace; thereby good will come to me. I will receive the law from Your mouth and lay up Your words in my heart. For then I will delight in You, Almighty One, and will lift up my face to You, O God. (Ps. 34:11-13 amp; 1 John 5:21; Deut. 11:16; Job 22:21-22, 26, all paraphrased)

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God's Good Work

Author and Perfecter of our faith, Your way is perfect; Your Word is flawless. You are a shield for__(names of those for whom you are praying) _____, and I pray they will take refuge in You throughout this new year. For who is God besides You, Lord? Who is their rock except You? Arm them with strength and make their ways perfect. Encourage them to be confident of this, that You who began a good work in them will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. And I pray, O God, that they will stand perfect and complete in all Your will. (2 Sam. 22:31-33; Phil. 1:6; Col. 4:12b, all kjv ¬paraphrased)

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Wholehearted Devotion

O kind and loving Lord, satisfy me in the morning with Your unfailing love, that I may sing for joy and be glad throughout this new year. "Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old." "I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds." I acknowledge You, O God, and will serve You with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for You search my heart and understand every motive behind my thoughts. (Ps. 90:14 paraphrased; Ps. 25:6; 77:11-12 not paraphrased; 1 Chron. 28:9a paraphrased)

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My Heart Rejoices

How good it is for me to draw near to the heart of God, for I have put my trust in Him that I may tell of all His wonderful works. I will sing to You, Lord, because You have dealt bountifully with me. For great is Your loving mercy toward me. I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth. I have not hid Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth. I praise You, Lord. Throughout this new year I will praise You, Lord, with my whole heart. (Ps. 73:28; 13:6; 86:13a; 13:5; 26:3 40:10a; 111:1a, all kjv paraphrased)

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A New Heart

Jesus, You have been teaching me in regard to my former way of life to put off my old self, which is corrupted by deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of my mind and to put on a new self, created to be like You in true righteousness and holiness. Lord, give me a new heart and put a new spirit within me; remove from me a heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh. Fill me with Your Spirit and move me to follow Your decrees and to be careful to keep Your laws. For Your eyes range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to You. (Eph. 4:22-24; Ezek. 36:26-27; 2 Chron. 16:9, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 36)

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Create in Me a Clean Heart

I delight to do Your will, O my God: yes, Your law is within my heart. I seek Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Examine me, Lord, and prove me by looking closely into my heart and mind. "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your free spirit. (Ps. 40:8; 119:58; 51:11; 26:2 paraphrased; Ps. 51:10 not paraphrased; Ps. 51:12 paraphrased, all kjv)

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Set My Heart at Rest

Lord, in my heart I plan my own course, but You determine my steps. I know, O Lord, that my life is not my own; it is not for me to direct my steps. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Then I will know that I can set my heart at rest in Your presence. (Prov. 16:9; Jer. 10:23; Ps. 143:10; 1 John 3:19b, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 22)

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He Knows the Plans of My Heart

Many are the plans of my heart, O Lord, but it is Your purpose that prevails. Please direct my steps. How can I possibly understand my own way? All of my ways seem right to me, but, Lord, You weigh my heart. I will seek Your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to Your promise. I will consider my ways and turn my steps to Your statutes. (Prov. 19:21; 20:24; 21:2; Ps. 119:58-59, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 61)

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Apply My Heart to Instruction

Apply My Heart to Instruction Lord, open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law. Teach me Your ways so that I may walk in Your paths. Put Your laws on my mind and write them on my heart. Lord, I will apply my heart to what I observe and learn a lesson from what I see. I will apply my heart to instruction and my ears to words of knowledge. (Ps. 119:18; Isa. 2:3b; Heb. 8:10b; Prov. 24:32; 23:12, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 76)

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Walk in God's Ways

Ever-caring Lord, You love those who love You, and those who seek You find You. You show your love to a thousand generations of those who love You and keep Your commandments. I love You, Lord my God, and will obey all Your requirements, laws, regulations, and commands. I will be careful to obey all the commands You give me; I will show love to You by walking in Your ways and clinging to You. Now, Lord Jesus Christ, prepare me for works of service, so that Your body may be built up. (Prov. 8:17; Ex. 20:6; Deut. 11:1, 22 nlt; Eph. 4:12, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 117)

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Soar On Wings Like an Eagle

Everlasting Lord, Creator of the ends of the earth, do I not know? Have I not heard? You do not grow tired or weary. You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. When I grow tired and weary, and stumble and fall, I will hope in You, Lord, for You will renew my strength. Then I will soar on wings like an eagle; I will run and not grow weary; I will walk and not be faint. (Isa. 40:28-31 paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 19)

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Rest for My Soul

Lord God, my Protector, because I know Your name I will trust in You, for You have never forsaken those who seek You. Teach me the right way to live. Then my soul will find rest in You alone. I will trust in You at all times. I will pour out my heart to You, for You are my refuge. Hear my voice in accordance with Your love. O Lord, renew my life. (Ps. 9:10; 2 Chron. 6:26b; Ps. 62:1a, 8; 119:149, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 20)

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Godly Fruit

Lord, fill ___________________ with the wisdom that comes from heaven, which is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Enable them to live by the fruit of Your SpiritÛby love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Make them peacemakers who sow in peace in order to raise a harvest of righteousness. Then they will be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through You, Jesus Christ, and to Your glory, honor, and praise, O God. (James 3:17; Gal. 5:22-23a; James 3:18; Phil. 1:11 paraphrased)

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My Refuge and Hiding Place

I will take refuge in You, Lord; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in Your righteousness. For the sake of Your name lead and guide me. Free me from the traps I've set for myself; be my refuge and safe haven. Hide me in the shelter of Your presence. You alone are my refuge and hiding place; protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Ps. 31:1, 3b-4, 20a; 32:7, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 23)

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Rest Securely in Him

Lord, let Your hand rest on me. Then I will not turn away from You; revive me, and I will call on Your name. Restore me, O Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine upon me that I may be saved. As Your beloved child, I will rest secure in You, for You shield me all day long, and because of Your love for me, I will rest between Your shoulders. (Ps. 80:17a, 18-19; Deut. 33:12, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 24)

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Forgive My Transgressions

Ever-forgiving Savior, my guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. By concealing my sins, I do not spiritually prosper. But I will confess my sins and renounce them that I may obtain Your mercy. For who is a God like You, who pardons my sin and forgives my transgressions? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. Lord, have compassion on me. Tread my sins underfoot and hurl all my iniquities into the depths of the sea. (Ps. 38:4; Prov. 28:13; Mic. 7:18-19, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 33)

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My Hope Comes from the Lord

Ever-living God, by Your strength I will see to it that I do not have a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from You. But I will encourage others, and may they encourage me so that we do not become hardened by sin's deceitfulness. Today, Jesus, I will hear Your voice. I will not harden my heart or become rebellious. My soul will find rest in You alone; for my hope comes from You. I will have the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godlinessÛa faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which You, who do not lie, promised from the beginning of time. (Heb. 3:12-13, 15; Ps. 62:5; Titus 1:1b-2, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 25)

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Devoted to Prayer

Lord, teach me to devote myself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. I kneel before You, Father God, from whom Your whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of Your glorious riches You may strengthen the people I'm holding up before You with power through Your Spirit in their inner being, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. And I pray that they may be rooted and established in love. (Col. 4:2; Eph. 3:14-17, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 34)

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Meditate on God's Wonders

O that my soul may be consumed with longing for Your laws at all times, Lord God. Let me understand the teaching of Your precepts; then I will meditate on Your wonders. Strengthen me according to Your Word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through Your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on Your laws. I am holding fast to Your statutes. (Ps. 119:20, 27, 28b-31a, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 35)

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Serve Others in Love

Son of Man, You came not to be served, but to serve and to give Your life a ransom for many. Enable me to serve You with all my heart and all my soul. Show me how to serve others in love. Since You have given me freedom, but not the freedom to be selfish and serve myself, I will use my freedom to love and serve others. (Matt. 20:28; Josh. 22:5b; Gal. 5:13, all tlb paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 37)

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Whole Armor of God

Almighty Lord, I pray that __________________ may be strong in You and in the power of Your might. May they put on Your whole armor, Lord, that they may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For they wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Help them to be sober and vigilant because their adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking to devour them. Empower them to resist Satan, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are experienced by other Christians around the world. (Eph. 6:10-12; 1 Peter 5:8-9, all kjv paraphrased)

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His Steadfast Love

Lord God, I call to You, and You save me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and You hear my voice. I cast all my cares on You, and You carry them, for You never let the righteous fall. Your steadfast love never ceases; Your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him." You are good to me when I wait for You and seek You with all my heart and soul. (Ps. 55:16-17, 22; Lam. 3:22-25 rsv, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 45)

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Watch in Hope

"Do not be far from me, for trouble is near, and there is no one to help." "But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my strength, come quickly to help me." Rescue me from the hand of my enemy, and enable me to serve You without fear in holiness and righteousness before You all my days. I watch in hope for You, Lord; I wait for You, for You will hear me. I put my hope in You, for I will yet praise You, my Savior and my God. (Ps. 22:11, 19 not paraphrased; Luke 1:74-75; Mic. 7:7; Ps. 42:11b paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 46)

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Listen to My Prayer

"Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me." "I said, ÎOh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at restÛI would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.'" "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." (Ps. 55:1-2a, 6-8; 143:8, A Woman's Walk with God, 48)

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Make the Most of Every Opportunity

Lord, my times are in Your hands. When I am with You, I learn wisdom, and from Your mouth come knowledge and understanding. Help me, Holy Counselor, to be wise in the way I act toward others, including outsiders, and to make the most of every opportunity. Teach me how to carry on conversations that are always full of grace and seasoned with salt, so that I may know how to answer everyone. (Ps. 31:15a; Prov. 2:6; Col. 4:5-6, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 49)

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Glorify His Name Forever

"I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever." "Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?" How great are Your signs, how mighty Your wonders! Your kingdom is an eternal kingdom; Your dominion endures from generation to generation. "I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds." Lord, You have done great things for me, and I am filled with joy. (Ps. 86:12; Ps. 71:19 not paraphrased; Dan. 4:3 paraphrased; Ps. 77:12 not paraphrased; Ps. 126:3 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 87)

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God Is My Protection

"The ways of God are without fault. The Lord's words are pure. He is a shield to those who trust him. Who is God? Only the Lord. Who is the Rock? Only our God. God is my protection. He makes my way free from fault. He makes me like a deer that does not stumble; he helps me stand on the steep mountains." "You protect me with your saving shield. You support me with your right hand. You have stooped to make me great. You give me a better way to live, so I live as you want me to." "The Lord lives! May my Rock be praised. Praise the God who saves me!" (Ps. 18:30-33, 35-36, 46 ncv)

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His Counsel Stands Forever

Sovereign Lord, Your counsel stands forever, the purposes and thoughts of Your heart to all generations. "But I cried to him, ëMy God, who lives forever. . . . In ages past you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Even they will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment, and they will fade away. But you are always the same; your years never end. The children of your people will live in security. Their children's children will thrive in your presence.'" Say, Amen! Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might be to You, Almighty God, forever and ever. Amen! (Ps. 33:11 kjv paraphrased; Ps. 102:24a-28 nlt not paraphrased; Rev. 7:12 kjv paraphrased)

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