There's nothing that brings about hope for change and new beginnings quite like the transition from one year to the next. That's why we set New Year's resolutions, after all! You might have goals of focusing on your physical or mental health, working on your finances, or improving relationships in your life come 2024, but as we bid farewell to the old and welcome the possibilities of the future, there's no better time to turn to the power of prayer. Because no matter your own plan for the year, God's plan is better! That's why we've curated the best New Year prayers to help you begin the next year with a renewed sense of faith and hope for what He has in store for you.
No matter the New Year's activities you have planned, on this list, you'll find New Year prayers that will encourage you to take the time to reflect, set intentions, and talk to God about the year ahead. Each one is a gift! Here, we've found meaningful and inspiring prayers and New Year quotes that will help you find peace, feel gratitude, and know strength as you enter the next chapter of your life. There are blessings in the form of New Year wishes to send to loved ones as well as scripture that can double as New Year's toasts at your New Year's eve dinner or New Year's Eve parties. You might also choose to read these heartfelt prayers by yourself while journaling or just thinking of your future—it might even become a new New Year's tradition! So, take a moment to scroll through the New Year prayers here and use them to faithfully welcome the year ahead.
A Prayer for Trust in God's Plan
When the old year dies,
And the new comes bounding in,
I draw strength from knowing
That in the next twelve months
The snows will go
The buds will burst
The heat will rise
The leaves will fly,
That all these things will happen
According to Your schedule
And in Your time;
That there is order in Your universe,
And that I am part of it.
A Prayer for a Strong Relationship with God
I thank You that You are with me, that You are in me. Resolutions might come in one year and go out the other. Open my ears this year, so that I can hear You and enjoy You at every junction, when You tell me to turn right or left.
A Prayer to Prepare for the Year Ahead
Thank You for new beginnings. What an incredible day this is with a fresh year's potential stretched out before me. I want to be found faithful this year in each and every opportunity You bring to me. Thank You, Lord, for new beginnings. I pray this in Jesus' name.
—Pastor David McGee
A Prayer for New Beginnings
Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern not yourself with what you tried and failed in, but what it is still possible to do. Now is the time to put aside past and present setbacks and failures and look with confidence to the new day called tomorrow.
—Pope John XXIII
A Prayer for Thankfulness
God of Love,
You are with us in every transition and change.
As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety, we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.
We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.
We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.
We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.
We ask this in your Holy Name.
—Joseph P. Shadle
A Prayer for Strength
Give me the courage to begin again — to overlook the difficulties, to overcome the obstacles and to stay open to the moment as best I can. Help me be patient enough to know it takes time to start over, and wise enough to ask for help from friends and family when I need it. As I look to the future, may I reflect on the past and remember the lessons it’s taught me. And God, may I always look to you for strength and guidance.
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 a Peaceful New Year
God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly, thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well.
Creator of all life, help us enter the New Year reverently, aware that you have endowed every creature and plant, every person and habitat with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honor rather than destroy.
Lover of all souls, help us enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dance and dream, remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love. In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.
—Vinita Hampton Wright; Offered by Douglas Ruschman
A Prayer for a Happy New Year
May the Lord make my New Year a happy one…
Not by shielding me from sorrow and pain, but by strengthening me to bear it if it comes.
Not by making my path easy, but by making me sturdy enough to tread any path.
Not by taking hardship from me, but by taking all cowardice and fear from my heart as I meet hardships.
Not by granting me unbroken sunshine, but by keeping my face bright even in the shadows.
Not by making my life always pleasant, but by showing me where men and His cause need me most and by making me zealous to be there and to help…
God, make my year a happy one.
—Guideposts Magazine (January 1973)
A Prayer for Family
Our Father God,
Parent of all children, father to all parents,
Be with us, and in particular with our families.
You know our needs for health, happiness, wholeness, for shelter, safety, solace, for the overworked and unemployed among us.
Mend the rifts between us, restore the lost ones to us.
And let nothing come between us and You, Creator of our universal family of humankind.
—Rick Hamlin, Guideposts contributor
A Prayer for a New Chapter in Your Life
I am about to embark on new beginnings as I face an end to this chapter of my life.
So, I ask that You lead and direct me as I go through new challenges.
Father, will You stay close to me so that I do not stray from You.
You are my Good Shepherd and I am Your sheep; so help me to keep my eyes fixed on You as I trust You in all things.
Grant me provision for all that I need, in order to start this new journey, through the directing of Your Holy Spirit.
Thank You Father, Amen.
—Psalm 22:11, John 10:11, Hebrews 12:2
A Prayer for Your Journey
That I enter a glorious new year
To be filled with prayer and praise.
With service to God and mankind,
With inspired creative activity.
That God’s presence goes with me
Wherever I shall go this year,
By train or Ires or car or boat,
Slowly paced on foot, or high in air.
His love is shining in my body,
His wisdom guides my mind,
His peace fills me with poise,
His strength is ever at my call.
Oh I believe
That this is God’s new year.
—Elizabeth Searle Lamb
A Prayer for Peace
Lord, grant me peace above all else no matter the circumstances I may face this year.
A Prayer for Anxiety
You are the God of love and I thank You that You are with me in every change and transition.
I trust in Your Word 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.
—Deuteronomy 31:6, Philippians 4:6
A Prayer for Welcoming the Future
I fight against change so often.
Settle into what’s comfortable and what’s known.
But I know You are doing something new.
Thank You that even when everything changes around me, you always remain the same —faithful, true, trustworthy, and full of grace.
Please help me to know where to go and what to do.
Show me when to say goodbye to the old and how to welcome new seasons and opportunities.
Please remind me of your presence and help me be strong and courageous, knowing that You are with me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
—Heather C King
A Prayer for Friends
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
—The Aaronic Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)
A Prayer for Endings and Beginnings
I thank You that throughout the season of life, there are endings and new beginnings.
I bless Your Word that reminds us that there is a time for every purpose under heaven.
So, I thank You for the things that have ended in my life and I bless you for new beginnings.
In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Trusting in God
Father, I bring all my plans for the year before you — only approve them if they are in line with your plan for me.
A Prayer for Faith
You gave us the greatest gift: the gift of life. In the coming year, help us use it wisely. May we grow in generosity, kindness and forgiveness, hope, faith and love.
—Rabbi Evan Moffic
A Prayer for Fresh Starts
Whether I leave behind a year of joy or of trials and difficulties, I pause to give thanks.
Thank you for being with me every day of every year.
Thank you for making all things new and for giving me the grace of fresh starts and new beginnings.
Remind me of your presence in the days to come, even when I feel pushed and rushed by busyness.
Be glorified in my life this year.
—Heather C King
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