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. Leslie Slaten says:

    I watch you a lot. Your messages from years ago still touch my heart. Happy 99th birthday. May you see 100. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  2. Evelyn Cunningham says:

    Thank you for sharing Billy’s inspiring prayer as we all start the new year with hope that we will keep Christ at our center.


    I thank God for your organization that brings the Good News of Jesus. God bless you all.

  4. Priscilla S says:

    What a beautiful and wise prayer covering a lot of areas.

  5. Jimmy & Rebecca Brizzee says:

    Thank you for posting Billy Graham’s prayer for the new year. It is as relevant now as it was when he first said it.

  6. Patrick says:

    Dear Reverend Billy Graham, as Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light.” I pray that we may not deviate from the light of Christ and from what God has revealed to us and from what the Will of God wants us to believe.

  7. Vicki Brown says:

    Praying for this year’s meetings for souls born into kingdom of God.

  8. Pat Meyer says:

    I give God the glory for your organization, who are living out the call God has given you.

  9. Ada Curry says:

    Dr. Graham, I am now approaching 65 years old and living only by a miracle of God through a horrific car accident and brain aneurysm . But you lead me to Christ as a child in front of my black and white TV at a televised crusade. 9 years old. You have always been dear to my heart and families heart. Now my son, 31 even speaks of you in his published book. Thank you for your faithful love of God’s children and our country. God bless you always.

  10. Joel Hudson says:

    Thank you so much for this New Year’s prayer from Billy Graham. I will read it every day in January to help me get the New Year started off in the right direction (God and Him only). Again thank you.