Friday Focus: Pray for the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit for this New Year.
Dear Lord, as we walk prayerfully through this first month of 2009 would you lead us unmistakably and clearly into tomorrow? Help us to “understand what the Lord’s will is” and “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:17,18). Give us the sharp eye of discernment and let us see past headlines, conversations and day-to-day activities. Help us to be alert to your purposes undergirding the events of our lives and to have faith that your hand will faithfully lead us as we seek your guidance. Keep us from either fatalism or assigning meaninglessness to daily routines. As you do, also give us an ear to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Help us to hear from you — about our hearts, our loved ones, people without you, the ministries you have given us, our jobs. Let the ‘perception’ gifts of the Holy Spirit work in us, gifts of wisdom, knowledge, discerning of spirits and prophetic insight. Speak to us out of your Word and let us hear your voice as we walk with you today. We surrender our wills and our ways to you. We ask you to order our steps not only today but throughout the many uncertainties of the year ahead. For this we praise you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.