My Pastoral Prayer for You this New Year

As we celebrate another New Year, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to say to you. The more I think about it, the more I want my words to be in the form of a prayer. So, then, what is my prayer for you this New Year? I can think of no better prayer to pray for you than the one the Apostle Paul prays in Philippians 1:3-11. So my prayer for you this New Year is based on Paul’s ancient prayer for the Philippians.
So, my first prayer for you is that you would receive and proclaim the gospel. The good news of salvation through Jesus’s life, death and resurrection is central to devoted Followers of Christ.  It’s a game-changer.  So, I pray you would come to understand the gospel better this year through preaching and teaching, but also through your small group and personal devotions and spiritual reading.
My second prayer is that you would share in God’s grace with me. That we could receive and proclaim the gospel together. Naturally, I don’t know all the details of your life, but I would like to know you better, and I continue to work on that. Pastoral care and spiritual direction are very important to me, as they are to most pastors. I want to help you grow spiritually. To that end, I invite you to join me on this journey of grace. And I want to thank you in advance for receiving God’s Word as intended this year.
And finally, my prayer is that your love would abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. I pray you would grow to love God’s Word more and more. I pray you would grow to love Jesus more and more. And I pray that you would grow to love each other more and more. So that together we can receive Jesus’s love and share it with each other and the world. Moving forward as one Body of Christ.
So, that is my prayer for you in 2015. What is your prayer for your local church? I’d love to hear from you.

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2 thoughts on “My Pastoral Prayer for You this New Year

  1. My prayer for our local church is that is grows in His Grace and seeking what He wants for us to do in our local community. That we reach out to those who are not only in physical need but the need to know of God’s love for them. That we look beyond the material things of this world and see the world as God sees it. I also pray for unity within the body and that the Leadership team work together to form a healthier church with clear goals and established objectives that are attainable if we work together on them.

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