O Lord, there has been much work done in the past year. May last year’s work not be in vain, but bear fruit into other new years. May last year’s labor be a foundation for the coming year’s work. We know that we work in the corner of a much larger house, a house that is being constructed year after year. A house whose completion date is not known to us, but only to You, the Master Foreman, as you work all things for good.
O Lord, let not this past year be wasted. May our work mean something for future times. It’s not that we did something that You couldn’t - only that You said we could. And we are grateful You let us participate in Your work.
O Lord, may last year’s work prove faithful and true, not because we are exceptionally extraordinary, but because your grace allowed us to be. The grace that made our labor true is the same grace that set us to work in the first place. And it’s the same grace that drew us into the house to begin with. By this grace we labor on into another year. And may this coming year’s work not be in vain. Amen.
As a father, there is little else that can warm your affections like your child calling, "Daddy!" It's interesting that the shortest prayer in Scripture is "Abba, Father." (Rom. 8:15; Galatians 4:6). And when asked how to pray, Jesus began, "Our Father . . ."
I've been in a recent season of dryness in terms of my prayer life. I'm just finding it hard to focus. I have found myself returning to the simplest, most childlike prayer in the book, "Abba, Father, Amen." When I don't know what to say or how to say it, I simply call in his direction and shout his name.