As we come to the start of an unblemished year,
As we step from the old to the new,
Help us to surrender those things, O Lord,
That would hinder our walk with you.
Help us shed unforgiveness, idolatry, greed,
Selfishness, apathy, pride,
Anoint us afresh with Your Spirit, O Lord,
As we in Your presence abide.
Fill our hearts with Your love and compassion,
Fill our minds with Your wisdom, we pray,
Fill our mouths with Your words, to encourage and bless,
All whom You place before us each day.
Transform and replace our old ‘wineskins’
With strong, clean vessels anew,
Overflowing with the fruit of Your Spirit,
To bring honour and glory to You.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Saviour,
and my hope is in you all day long.