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. Bea Olsen says:

    I thank God for BEGA and the impact it has had on my life. I pray God will continue to bless our country in these perilous times.

  2. Debbie says:

    My grandparents were always listening to reverends Billy and Franklin Graham, and I have also been listening to their preaching for 50 years. It’s wonderful to think you have actually brought millions of people to Christ our Savior and Redeemer. I believe we are in the last days, and Acts 2:17 tells us, “In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out my spirit on all people.'”

  3. Donna Carroll says:

    WOW! That is a powerful prayer. You have covered everything we need to pray for to our Heavenly Father. I will print and keep a copy of this prayer. You have always been an inspiration to me.

  4. Araba Bedu Addo says:

    God bless you and your ministers for this wonderful work. I am really blessed by Billy Graham and his ministry. This is a very powerful prayer that will not lose its power for generations to come. Keep up the good work and more grace to you all. God bless you.

  5. Precious omoruyi says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful prayer.

  6. Robert James Adepeju says:

    All glory be to God for the lovely prayer. May the Lord bless Billy Graham’s family and BGEA.

  7. Ruth Hammons says:

    Thank you to all of the Grahams for the lifelong blessing you all are to the world, and for all you have done and are doing for the Word of the Lord worldwide! Thank you for your faith, strength and all you share. God bless each of you, and may He show special mercy to enable you to continue your wonderful work.

  8. Patricia Jones says:

    Please pray for my three unsaved grandchildren that are serving in the armed forces. Thank you!

    1. BGEA says:

      We said a prayer for your grandchildren!

      —BGEA Team

  9. Onyinyechi ezeugo says:

    Pastor Billy Graham’s ministry is a blessing to me and my family. May our good Lord bless you all in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  10. Christa McCullen says:

    Thank you, Mr. Graham. The prayer is relevant for the USA in 2018. God bless you for all you have done for our Lord Jesus.