The beginning of a new year is an excellent time for men to reflect on their personal development and spiritual progress. Whether you pray for direction or for strength, the act of praying itself can bring you comfort and strength. The Word of God says that praying is important and should be an integral part of your daily life. Praying, aside from daily Bible reading, can bring focus to your life, allowing you to see what’s truly important and to feel what’s really going on inside. 

If you’re a man looking to strengthen your relationship with God and find direction in the coming year, consider these top prayers for the New Year.

A Prayer for Strength 

Lord Jesus, You are my strength and my defense. I humble myself before You, and I declare in my weakness, You are strong. There is no other like You. Thank You for clothing me in Your power and righteousness. I am enough because of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Arlene Pellicane

A Prayer for Blessings

Father, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me whatever you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. Into your hands I commend my spirit. I offer it to you with all the love that is in my heart. For I love you, Lord, and so want to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father. Amen. – Charles de Foucauld

A Prayer for Anxiety

Dear Father, you are the God of love and I thank You that You are with me in every change and transition. I trust in the Word of God that says, “the Lord Your God goes with you.” Therefore, as I enter into this new season, I will not be anxious of the uncertainty, but I declare Your Word that says, I must not be anxious for anything but in everything through prayer and supplication, I will make my requests be made known unto You. Amen. – Deuteronomy 31:6, Philippians 4:6

A Prayer for Gratitude

As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends. Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, color or creed. Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God’s name each day. Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right. Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none. May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God’s blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year. – Rev. Marcy Sheremetta

A Prayer for Wisdom

“Lord, thank You for the people You have divinely placed in my life who speak holy truth, love and words of wisdom. Give me a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak instruction into my heart and my circumstances, and give me the strength and courage to follow through with that advice, even when it’s hard. Fill me with peace in knowing that even if I take a wrong turn, Your purpose will prevail. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Tracie Miles

Prayer to Trust in God

Heavenly Father,

At midnight,When the old year dies,And the new comes bounding in,I draw strength from knowingThat in the next twelve monthsThe snows will goThe buds will burstThe heat will riseThe leaves will fly,That all these things will happenAccording to Your scheduleAnd in Your time;That there is order in Your universe,And that I am part of it.– Van Varner

Praying for God’s favor and direction is the best way to welcome the start of a new year. In the coming year, may God our Father help all men learn the humility, joy, compassion, and wisdom that will allow them to walk in His light each day. Amen! Check out the Bible Portal website for daily devotionals and more prayers.