Billy Graham’s Prayer for a New Year

By   •   January 8, 2018   •   Topics: ,

This prayer from Billy Graham, written for The Saturday Evening Post in 2008, is just as relevant 10 years later.

Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.

We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.

In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.

In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.

In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.

And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).

We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.

Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.

And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come.


© 2008 Saturday Evening Post Society. Reprinted with permission.

Do you have hope for the new year—and for eternity?


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  1. Devdan Kate says:

    Very nice prayer. God bless u

  2. Rose Joseph says:

    Greetings from Alaska!
    May almighty god richly bless you and with peace, joy and love to the world.
    Your inspirations has touched many lives and you will be in our hearts forever.
    God bless you!

  3. S.K. Thomas Vaidyan says:

    May the Prayer of Great Evangelist Billy Graham bring peace to this world and to every home.

  4. Betty Andrade says:

    I have just returned home from women’s Bible study at The Cove. Will Graham spoke a few words this morning and I pray for the entire Graham family. This prayer IS still relevant to our country. May we all continue to pray that God people lead our country and ask God to continue to bless it and bring our government together under God. Thank you Graham family for your faithfulness to Fod and sharing it with this very needful world.

  5. Sarah Rivera says:

    I accept this prayer by faith from a man with such integrity. I pray that almighty God will bless and keep you safe. Thank you Billy Graham for all your dedicated years of blessing us with the word of God.

  6. William 'BILLY" Mcdowell says:

    I have loved this man and his devotion to God all my life. I am praying that i get trust sit with him before he goes home. I am from asheville but live in las vega. If at anytime I could see him I will stop everything and fly to spend just a min . in his presence. God be with you Mr Graham and your family. just know as I watched you growing up in the foothills of that small town your words of Gods love for me.let me know even without my earthly farther i had one in heaven who watched over me. anytime anywhere I will come and thank you. with all my respect .
    thank yu

  7. Elaina Prinzivalli says:

    What a beautiful prayer. It touched my heart.

  8. anne Tumusiime says:

    This is an inspiring prayer.God bless you Billy

  9. nadeem daniel says:

    very nice payer, May God bless the whole world.

  10. Joseqh says:

    God bless you