Father God, in Your Sovereignty, You allowed some things and some people to be removed from my life in this past year. There were some unexpected losses that came because of this broken, fragile, imperfect world we live in. My grief in the face of these losses is real and present. Whether days, weeks, or months ago, I still carry aches and pains in my heart. I trust Your Word and know that You will heal all the broken places in my heart. You will bind up my wounds, heal my pain, and comfort all my sorrows (Psalm 147:3 AMP). Thank you for the people You have placed in my life to support my healing journey.
Father, I know You also intentionally uprooted some things in my life this year for my good. I repent of those things that I held on to too tightly — those things I was not willing to surrender. I turn now and hold on to You. You are my comfort, my stability, my dream, and my peace. Draw me close to You in Your Word. Open my eyes that I might see Your heart in the events of this past year.
I praise You, Lord, because I know that You have pruned away that which I did not need. You have protected me from things, people, and opportunities that would have done me harm. Thank You for loving me past my understanding and my unbelief. I know that the work You have begun in me You will be ever faithful to complete (Phil. 1:6 NASB). Align my heart with Yours more and more as I step out into new territory this coming year. I pray my faith will grow stronger in the face of this new reality. When it does, You will receive all the glory, and the honor, and the praise.
As I go into this new year, Father, continue to prune away the things in me that do not look like You or serve the people You would have me to serve. Grant me the courage and strength to walk away from the people, habits, thought patterns, and activities that have not drawn me closer to You or Your purpose. I know that when I am tempted to fall back into these comfortable but unhealthy rhythms, You will provide a way for me to stand firm (1 Corinth 10:13 NIRV).
I give it all to You.
In Jesus’ Name,