A New Year’s Prayer Based on Psalm 90

Lord God, we come to You this first Sunday of our New Year, the Year of the Lord 2011, and we recognize that You have been our dwelling place in 2010 and indeed in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art our God.

You, Lord, are infinite and unbound by time.  Indeed, You are its creator.  We, however, are finite.  The days of our lives are like a sleep that is gone in the morning.  We are like grass that springs up and flourishes in the day, but by evening is withered.  We are as vapors that appear for a little time and then vanish away. 

Thus, Lord, at the beginning of this new year, we pray as Moses did in Psalm 90 that You would teach us to number our days aright that we might apply our hearts unto wisdom.  We ask for Godly wisdom in our families, our churches, our vocations, our finances, our nation, and indeed our world.  Return to us and visit us with true reformation in this new year we pray.  O satisfy us early with Thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.  Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto our children.  And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and direct and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us in this new year; yea, the work of our hands direct and establish Thou it, we pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our great Savior and King.  Amen.