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. Monica Heuer says:


  2. nkechi olanrewaju says:

    Thank. You!

  3. Florence says:

    This is wonderful as we reflect 2014 and look forward to 2015. It has given me ideas for prayers at our new years watch night service.

  4. Julia says:

    Thank U Amen.

  5. David L. Roberson says:

    This prayer surely address all the needs of my congregation and if it’s ok I will use parts of it at our New Years watch nite service. Thank you.

  6. MARY MELESCHI says:

    I grew up watching you mesmerized by the thousands byou drew. I could always feel as though I was in the presence of Gid. Thank you Servant of God.

  7. Eva Rivers says:

    Thank you Rev. Graham for all you do. you have made a great impact on this whole world spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

  8. Randall H Nichols says:

    Thank you Mr. Graham for your obedience to our LORD

  9. John Kurien says:

    This prayer and other messages are a great source of encouragement for my spiritual growth,remember with thanks to God that I was fortunate to attend a convention in 1961,Billy Graham truly God”s chosen appostle.

  10. Joshua Dele-Ijagbulu says:

    BGEA has made a huge impact in the lives of so many across the world myself inclusive.