A Prayer for the New Year

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  • O Lord,
    Length of days does not profit me
        except the days are passed in thy presence,
        in thy service, to thy glory.
    Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,  
        sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
        that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
        but may rely on thy Spirit
           to supply ever thought,
           speak in every word,
           direct every step
           prosper every work,
           build up every mote of faith,
           and give me a desire
              to show forth thy praise;
              testify of thy love,
              advance thy kingdom .

    I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
        with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
               thee, O Son, as my helm
               thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
    Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
        my lamp burning,
        my ear open to thy calls,
        my heart full of love,
        my soul free.
    Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
        thy comforts to cheer,
        thy wisdom to teach,
        thy right hand to guide,
        thy counsel to instruct,
        thy law to judge,
        thy presence to stabilize.
    May thy fear be my awe,
        thy triumph my joy.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.