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. Katia says:

    Preciso sentir Deus preciso m achegar perto de Deus

  2. Debra L Seymour says:

    Awsome prayer

  3. jane says:

    To God be the Glory, AMEN!

  4. Linda Baldner says:

    Thank you Mr. Graham, for your prayers & encouragement for this coming year. I pray that your health will continue to improve & that you will continue to bring your strong message of hope & deliverance to this great nation. Your words are so needed at this time of uncertainty for this nation. Thank you & God bless you for all you have done for our country & the world.

  5. THOMAS W. GRAY says:

    Wordsoftrue wisdom of one of the greatest leasers of our lifetime.

  6. Simon Masereka says:


  7. Bruce Grissom Jr. says:

    Amen! Hallelujah! Glory to God in the highest!

  8. Bassam Hermez says:


  9. Wayne Lowe says:

    Keep the Faith!

  10. Charles Buck says:

    Brother Graham, this is a beautiful prayer for our nation, to the one and only true living God. You are a wonderful example of what being a Christian is all about. May the Lord continue to bless you as you live for Him. To God be the glory!