This year make us people of initiative. When we see a need and we are able to meet that need, help us not to hesitate but to jump in and help! Make us people of action, who do the right thing at the right time. But Father, keep our initiative from being misdirected. Give us Your wisdom, guide us in our actions, and help us seek You before making decisions instead of moving forward without consulting You. We know we so often mess things up by rushing in and taking the wrong action, doing the wrong thing, helping in the wrong way. Make us people of initiative who always seek Your guidance before taking action. But thank You that You are able to use even our wrong actions to bring about Your plans. Thank You that You can use our mistakes to accomplish Your purposes. We know You would rather we stay within Your perimeters but it is comforting to know when we don't You are able to bring good.
Father, keep us focused on the eternal rather than the temporal. Keep us from acting on impulse to satisfy a fleeting desire, and trading the lasting benefits of staying on Your timetable for a momentary pleasure. Give us the wisdom to consider the long-term consequences of our actions. May our perspective not be skewed by the pressures of the moment making our decision seem more urgent than it really is. Make our mottos; "When in doubt don't" and "If it seems urgent wait." Help us realize if we stop and think before we rush headlong into a decision we will save ourselves a lot of heartache in the long run. May we not be "I need it right now" people; but people who stop to think about long-term consequences.
Keep us from jealousy. We know jealousy over what You have blessed someone else with keeps us from seeing Your blessings in our own lives. It is so easy to fall into jealousy and envy; especially in this social media saturated world. But Father, we ask for eyes wide open to the blessings You have given us. We ask for hearts that are able to rejoice over someone else's blessings; even if they have the very thing we have wanted and prayed for. May we be people who genuinely celebrate the blessings and victories in others lives because we know You have blessed us too. May we be people who point others to You by our reaction to their successes.
Father, when conflict arises between us and others; as they sometimes do, help us be people who put others first. May we be people who strive to keep the peace even if that means we must give up our right to be right. May we be people who are willing to give up an important position or possession in order to keep the peace. But Father, we also ask for the wisdom to know when we should withdraw and when we need to stand and fight. We want to always do the right thing in order to ensure You are glorified and Your peace is found. We are called to be different from those of the world. When we strive to keep the peace no matter the cost we are being different. The world says, "Fight for your rights." "You deserve this position." "You worked hard for that possession." But You say, "The first will be last and the last will be first." You say, "Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." We want to be like You. Holy Spirit, Come be the most influential one in our lives so others are attracted to You and we can reach out to them with Your love.
In Jesus' name, Amen.