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By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight

 

Recently, I read a New Year’s prayer of a United Methodist Evangelist. The prayer reminded me of what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Church members, seeking to encourage them to find a way to overcome their past hardships by focusing on the goodness of God and his Son.

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.

Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back." (Philippians 3:12-14).

I am sharing The Message paraphrase of Paul’s encouragement, because it gives us a more contemporary insight into the good news that Paul was sharing with his friends and with us.

Therefore, let us each accept the challenge to prayerfully read today Paul’s challenge to God’s people and then open our eyes and look to the skies and say the following prayer of an evangelist.

Dear Lord, thank You for New Beginnings. Thank you for supplying weapons to fight off the depression and hopelessness that clings to me. Right now I declare that this is a new day, a New Year, and new beginning. From my past failures set me free. Help me to claim in your Name that all the old has passed away, and You are making all things new for me this very day. Lead me in paths of righteousness and strengthen me in my inner being to believe You more. Unlock my chains of unbelief and set me free to joyfully use all the resources You are making available to me from your store. You are my God and I do proclaim that I intend to trust You more and more. I pray with all of my heart that You will now give me this new start. In Jesus, Name! Amen!

A paraphrased New Year’s Prayer of The Reverend C. Lucas.

Curtis Schofield is a retired minister residing on Sand Mountain. Contact him at (423) 413-5653.


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