A NEW YEAR’S PRAYER

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” [meaning, may it so be]! (Revelation 22:20, 21)

These are the last words found in the Bible. There are millions of believers who long for their Savior and Lord to return and meet them in the clouds of the air, to be with Him forever!

I would like to share with you two verses of a hymn (a Christian song) that was penned by Charles Wesley in 1744. These words could well be in tune with the biblical words referenced above. I think that perhaps these words might form a fitting prayer for this coming year:

Come, Thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free.

From our fears and sins release (forgive) us, let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art.

Dear desire of every nation (Haggai 2:7), joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver; born a child and yet a King,

Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;

By Thine all sufficient merit, raise in us Thy glorious throne!

Rabbi Saul, whose name was later changed to Paul, the Apostle, penned a reassuring verse for those who have placed their faith in the promised Messiah alone. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he wrote,

“Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10)

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