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Prayer for 2018

Ladies (and Gentlemen),

I invite you to take a few moments to pray together with me over your upcoming year,  your family, your church, this ministry, and the church worldwide. What an awesome privilege that God grants us access to the very Holy of Holies in heaven 24/7 through Jesus and His finished work on the cross on our behalf. We are already seated with Him in the heavenlies!

Lord,

We invite You into our lives to have full control. To be LORD over every area of our lives. You alone are God. There is no other. You alone are worthy of all of our worship, praise, adoration, reverence, obedience, love, sacrifice, and faithfulness. We want to start out this new year with a clean slate together.

CONFESSION

We confess our sins before you. Our own sins. Help us to see clearly anything in us that is toxic. Anything that is spiritual poison so that we can invite You to cleanse us and we can throw it away like garbage:

pride, self-righteousness, idolatry of anyone/anything (anything we desire more than we desire You in our hearts), lust, porn addiction, romantic novel/movie addiction, emotional affairs/infatuation with other men, adultery with other men, drug/food/alcohol/exercise addictions, any kind of addiction at all (they are all idolatry), greed, materialism, apathy, unbelief in You, lack of faith in You, love that has grown cold, hatred, contempt, bitterness, resentment, malice (desiring to harm someone else), taking vengeance for ourselves rather than trusting You to take vengeance, unforgiveness, unbiblical thinking, false doctrine, denying Your power, trusting self rather than You, denying the truth of Your Word, worldliness, trusting worldly human wisdom over Your Word, abortion, murder, abuse toward other people (emotionally, verbally, spiritually, financially, physically), words that speak death rather than life, words that destroy others, words that grieve Your heart, impure motives, selfishness, responding to other people’s sin with sin of our own, dishonesty, stealing of any kind, legalism (trusting our own work instead of Jesus’ work), grieving the Holy Spirit, gossip, gluttony, anorexia, bulimia, disrespecting You, disrespecting our husbands, disrespecting people in positions of God-given authority, divisiveness, unbiblical divorce, sexual sin of any kind, loving with strings attached, trying to control other people, anxiety/fear/worry, stinginess, contention, complaining, arguing, and anything else that displeases You.

We also confess the sin of our church before You. The sin of our church leaders. The sin of our nation. They include all of the sins listed above and even more. Racism, sex trafficking, legalizing and funding abortion, the opioid crisis, dishonesty, injustice, corruption, scandals, sexual sin, abuse of God-given authority, removing God from our schools/government/businesses/homes. Calling evil good and good evil. Forsaking the Bible. Forsaking God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Misleading the people. Promoting lies. Embracing heresy and false teaching. And so many more that are too many to even list.

We come before You like Daniel did – pleading for Your mercy over ourselves, our families, the church, America, and the nations of the world. Not because we deserve mercy. We do not. But because of Your Name, Your character, and Your love. We implore You to forgive us of our sin and to heal our land before we are completely destroyed by our sin. Time appears to be very short, Lord. It seems like we are in the midst of the Great Falling Away that is to occur right before the 7 years of the Tribulation. And yet, we know You will reserve for Yourself a remnant until Jesus returns. Let us be part of that remnant and let many turn to You in one more Great Awakening! We long to see You work in great power in our generation and in our land.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14

How desperately we all need Your forgiveness and the blood of Jesus to cover our sin and to pay for this massive sin debt.

We hate our sin. We turn completely away from it. We don’t want to live like this anymore. We love You! We turn to You for forgiveness to cleanse us from our sin and to make us pure and holy in Your eyes. We want to live for Christ and in the power of Christ. We can’t do anything good in our strength. We need Your Spirit and all that Jesus has done for us already to make us right with You. We receive His finished work on the cross on our behalf. We receive our identity in Christ.

We ask You to raise each of us, our families, the readers here on this blog, and Your church to be a holy generation. Spirit-filled people. Walking in the power of Christ and doing Your will and bringing about Your kingdom every day in our midst. Cause us to become a faithful, obedient people for Your glory!

We come before You humbly, with reverent fear and awe as we think about who You are. The King of the universe. The Creator of all that exists. The sovereign Lord Almighty who holds every galaxy and subatomic particle in the palm of His hand. We think about Jesus, as He appears in heaven right now:

One like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,  his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. Revelation 1:13-16

REQUESTS FOR OURSELVES

  • Take 2018 – all of it. Every moment and every day. It is Yours. I give it to You to do with as You see fit. Each moment is a gift from You. I am simply a steward of it. I want to use all of this time for Your glory alone.
  • Take my life. All of it. I give You my health, my money, my family, my marriage, my career, my house, my possessions, my friends, my church, my extended family, my city, my state, my country, and my world. I yield it all before You on the altar in heaven. I want You to have control over all of these things, not me. You have all wisdom. You are sovereign. I am not. You are God. I am not. You are LORD. I am not. I am Your humble servant. You gave everything to me on the cross. You held back nothing. Now I have the honor and privilege of giving You all of myself, all that I am, all of my future, and all that belongs to me. I die to my old sinful self. I die to my will. I no longer seek my will, but Yours alone. I no longer seek my glory, but Your greatest glory! That is truly all that matters.
  • I want to receive Your Spirit – all of it. I want to receive the fullness of my salvation. You promise to give me the power I need to walk in the victory of Christ.
  • I want to live the full-strength version of the Gospel. I don’t want to live a wimpy, watered-down version of the Christian life that is powerless, feeble, and weak. I don’t want to walk in defeat all the time, constantly entangled by sin. I don’t want a worldly version of Christianity that pleases Satan and grieves You. I don’t want to embrace a  wimpy gospel that denies Your power. I want to live like Paul did. And Peter. And the apostles. I want to have faith like Stephen, like all the people in the Hebrews 11 Faith Hall of Fame. I want to live in the power of Your Spirit to have great faith and to experience Jesus’ victory in my daily life like George Mueller, Hudson Taylor, Ann Judson, Lottie Moon, Andrew Murray, E. M. Bounds, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. I want to see You do HUGE things in my life and in the lives of those around me. I don’t want to miss out on a single provision or miracle that You want to do in my life – not for myself – but completely for Your glory. I am willing to do anything to have more and more of You.
  • Surround me with Your hedge of protection from Satan’s plans to steal, kill, and destroy my family and me. I resist the devil and yield myself to You. Place Your covering over me. You are my Shield and Fortress. You are my Rock and Defender. Set Your angels to stand guard over my life. Let Your Word and Your Spirit protect my husband, my children, our marriage, and myself from all of the fiery darts Satan plans to shoot at us. Help me to see the enemy’s strategies and not inadvertently allow myself to fall into his snares. I want to let You cleanse my life of anything that would give him a foothold.
  • I want to grow by leaps and bounds spiritually in 2018. I seek to feast on Your Word daily and be open to all that You want to show me. Only let Your Spirit teach me and reveal Your truth to me by the blazing power of the Light of Your Word. I want to absorb and receive every truth, every promise, every pearl of wisdom that You have for me. I want to drink in Your goodness continually. I want to receive every trial as a blessing by which I might grow in my faith in Christ. I want to count hardships as joy and as Your loving discipline. I am willing to learn to practice fasting. I want to be as close to You as possible. Teach me. Guide me. Lead me. Give me ears to hear and eyes to see all that You have in store for me.
  • I want my life to overflow with the fruit of Your Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23) in all of my relationships.
  • I want to know You more and to experience more and more of Your Spirit, Your presence, Your love, Your healing, Your goodness, and Your truth in my daily life.
  • I want to please You more than anything. I want to be a God-pleaser not a people-pleaser. I want my life to bring You great joy.

REQUESTS FOR OUR HUSBANDS, CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES

  • Bring each one who is still lost into the Kingdom of Christ Jesus!
  • Let Your Spirit pour out in great power over my family this year to accomplish Your purposes and Your will.
  • Let my husband, my children, and my extended family be transformed and regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Give my husband and children a deep hunger and thirst for You, Your Word, and Your presence.
  • Expose any wrong thinking, lies, or sin in our family this year that we might repent and turn wholeheartedly to You alone.
  • Cleanse us of any spiritual poison and let us crave the pure milk of the Word and receive Your goodness.
  • Help us to recognize that people are not our enemies. We have enemies, but they are spiritual and unseen and we must use heavenly weapons to fight them, not worldly ones.
  • Help me to create an atmosphere where Your Spirit and my family members feel welcome, safe, loved, protected, and at peace and where Satan and his demons feel very uncomfortable.
  • Let our homes and hearts and minds be filled with Your praises, with thanksgiving, with Your Word, with Your presence, and with Your Spirit of unity, love, and peace.
  • Grant my husband the wisdom and discernment he needs to lead our family well according to Your will.
  • Let me bless my husband and children and speak Your Life to them, living as a godly example to them – not in my power, but in Your power alone.

We invite Your Spirit to enter into our homes full blast. Bring the spiritually dead to life. Cause those who are spiritually oppressed and sick to be raised up in Your strength and in spiritual health. We invite You and implore You to do all that You want to do in our midst in 2018 – in our homes, our families, our extended families, at our jobs, in our coworkers’ lives, and in our churches. Strengthen the persecuted church. Fill them to overflowing with Your Spirit. Use us to help provide for them materially. Use them to accomplish Your purposes and to bring many to Christ Jesus even in the face of the most fierce persecution and warfare. Thank You that You are doing that and that so many are coming to Christ in Muslim countries and in areas where believers are severely oppressed. Thank You that You have not left them or us as orphans. Prepare and equip us all for the persecution we will face as we live boldly for You.

We rejoice in Your provision. We rest in Your love and sovereignty.

Lord, we praise and thank You for all that You have done, all that You are doing, and all that You will do this year. We consecrate ourselves and our families to You. We rejoice and delight in You and in Your will for all of us!

Amen!

SHARE:

If you’d like to share a prayer for our sisters (and brothers) here in Christ in the comments, you are welcome to.

If you believe God is calling you to be a prayer warrior for this ministry, please let me know in the comments if you are interested in joining my email prayer team and I will get in touch with you to discuss things with you.

RESOURCES:

If you are interested in more posts about how to pray, check out these posts.

10 Reasons to Consider Fasting

Lord, I Don’t Want to Do Your Will

Dying to Self

25 Ways to Reverence God

Are You Giving the Enemy Authority in Your Life?

Yielding to the Lordship of Christ

If you want to go much deeper spiritually with Christ, check out these classics:

E. M. Bounds – The Necessity of Prayer (free PDF download and audio version)

Andrew Murray – Absolute Surrender (free PDF download and audio version)

 

27 thoughts on “Prayer for 2018

  1. Thank you this was exactly what I needed to start the New Year! Praise the Lord! Yes I would love to be apart of your prayer team.

  2. Sister that is a wonderful prayer!

    I call out to the LORD, my God in my pain,
    I am incapable to move this
    Weeping stone from off my heart.

    You are the only Being,
    Who can rescue me from this pain.
    For I see no order in this hurt,
    You alone can fathom and ease it.

    This is Your world and universe,
    You bring things into being,
    There strength grows through your nourishment,
    It is not Your desire that we grow weak and frail,
    It is the frailty within us.

    Pour into me Your Holy balm, Holy Spirit,
    That I be cleansed,
    And that my path may be illuminated.
    I ask you to strengthen me.

    You are with me always,
    You know me and come to me,
    With the balm of Good News.

    Praise God for his Holy Works,
    His Son shall reign forever,
    He is my Brother, who holds my hand,
    as He walks with me.
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

  3. Beautiful prayer, thank you for your ministry and love April, God bless you and your family and all the women and men on this blog, hoping that God will fill our hearts and lives in 2018 with his unshakeable peace and love.

  4. Thank you so much for this wonderful prayer! I’d like to join your email prayer team. I’ve been trying to incorporate more prayer into my life and this sounds like a great opportunity!

  5. Dear Sister, thank you for this beautiful prayer. I want you to pray for me and guide me as I have turned into a controlling wife and am full of doubts. My confidence is very low and I have a very low self esteem. Though I know I am precious in God’s sight, I am not able to fully trust him.

    1. Precious,

      I’d love to help you in any way I can – to point you to Jesus and His truth and healing that can set you free. 🙂

      Is it okay if I ask a few questions to get a bit of a spiritual pulse on where you are with the Lord at this time?

      Much love!

      1. Precious,
        Wonderful!

        Take your time. 🙂

        1. What is your relationship with Jesus Christ?

        2. How do you believe you can be in right relationship with God on a daily basis?

        3. Where do you look for emotional/spiritual security?

        4. What are your greatest fears?

        5. What are your most precious dreams?

        6. Did you have a difficult experience with your dad or parents as a child? Any history of abuse, addictions, mental illness, etc…?

        7. What was your parents’ marriage like, in general? Who was in charge? How did they handle conflict?

        8. What is your general personality? And you husband’s general personality?

        9. What was your husband’s parents’ marriage like in general?

        10. What do you want most in your walk with the Lord?

        11. What do you do to nourish your soul daily?

        12. When you get a chance, please read this post and let me know which lies may be issues for you.

        Much love!
        April

        PS – You may send the answers to my contact page if you prefer to share privately.

  6. Wow!! Glory to God

    This is what i need in 2018. I will read and meditate. Jesus i want to be more like You 2018…..Ohh God my father grant me more of your grace to live for You in this 2018. Dead to self so that Jesus can live through me. Dead to sin and alive in righteousness…..

    Much Blessing sister……this is the best guideline for me in this 2018

  7. Hi April!
    Something you mentioned, that has been on my mind lately, is fasting. My friend mentioned it recently and we had a breif conversation over social media about how she has been doing a partial fast for 40 days every January for the last three years, and how she’s seen so many breakthroughs in her family during those times. She recommended the book “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin, with the disclaimer of it being a little charismatic. Franklin seems a little on the “health and wealth gospel”, so I’m leary. I wondered what resources you would recommend for learning about fasting? I have been praying about what kind of a fast God would have me do, and I come up with all kinds of excuses why I really don’t want to. I know it’s Satan kicking back against my desire to walk in the Spirit. Also, what do you think about “listening prayer”? like during the fast, sitting and focusing on God until you hear His message in your heart. Ex: my friend heard God tell her she would have a son, so she prayed that day dedicating her son to the Lord. Now, a year later she is several months pg with a boy, and praising GOd for his faithfulness. That’s the post that got our conversation going. 🙂 I’ve been surrounded by non-charismatic culture bordering on legalism (or past the line, depending on who you talk to) all my life, and so I”m trying to sort out what is and is not of God. Like, basically is the ONLY way you can be sure you hear God’s voice through the Bible? Hope all this made sense. Fasting is something I’d like to do some of this year. Its also my first time in over 7 years to not be pregnant, nursing, or both!

    1. ByGrace,

      Fasting is a lot more difficult to do during pregnancy and nursing, that is for sure.

      I have a post here about Fasting with some additional resources that may be helpful.

      It is difficult to find that perfect balance between legalism and chaos and fake, showy emotionalism sometimes.

      Yes, I believe God can and does speak to us as we listen. We can also deceive ourselves about things like that, at times. So – caution is in order.

      I love George Mueller’s approach.

      Much love!

  8. Also wanted to share scriptures that came to me as I sought God on this:
    Joel 2:12-13
    “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
    with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
    and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
    Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster.

    And Luke’s chapter 4 account of Jesus fasting, being tempted and afterward “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee” v14

    1. ByGrace,

      Fasting is a very important part of seeking the Lord wholeheartedly. Especially in times of repentance and mourning over sin – our sin or the sin of our church or the church in general or our nation and world. It is also important during times of temptation and testing. And when we are praying for spiritual deliverance for those who are oppressed by the enemy.

      Thank you for sharing these scriptures!

      Much love!

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