My Prayer for You In 2023
This isn’t just my prayer for you, but for me and my house as well. This is what I feel in my heart to share this new year. Never have we ever had two years like the last two. Our country has faced, in the same season, both a pandemic and pandemonium with Covid-19, and political and social unrest.
God has given each of us two gifts. The first is, time. We have all been blessed with 24 hours in a day and it’s what we do with those hours that will determine our new year.
Some people live like time will never run out. Your time on earth has an expiration date, so use it wisely. A person can live to be 100 years old and not use their time wisely. Remember a guy in the Bible named Methuselah? All we really know about him is that he lived a long, long life. He was 960 years old. Nowhere do you find him fighting battles, helping others, writing books, or changing lives; he was just old. I don’t know how he used his time, he was just around a long time! Jesus was 33 and He used his time to fulfill the will of the Father and change the world! In 2023, let’s use our time wisely!
John 17:4-5 - “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
The second gift we’ve given is the ability to change.
Ephesians 5:15-17 - “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
In Psalms 141, David gave us some prayer points, that if we would practice, would change us and our year! I can tell you that with the gift of time we have the ability to change ourselves and help others change. That is what Christ was about.
Pray these 4 things over your 2023:
1. In 2022, God, help me guard my mouth!
Psalm 141:3 - “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”
Guards in the Bible watched over the city because the enemy came in when it was dark. Over the last two years, there have been some dark seasons. That's why we need to set a guard over our words; the same lips that praise God in the daylight. If you don't set a guard, they will curse in the seasons of darkness.
Speaking for myself, my tongue has gotten me into trouble. On the other side of my lips can be a fire that cannot be stopped and a poison that is deadly!
James 3:8 – “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
1 Thes. 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
I don’t need to say everything I’m thinking in 2023!
2. In 2022, God, help me guard my heart!
Psalm 141:4 “Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.”
The word "incline" means to bend and to keep from going straight. I need God to help me keep a clean heart.
In 2022, there are some people you need to give a permanent wave to because they're causing you to have heart trouble. Pray that God will help you keep your heart!
Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
3. In 2022, help me to be guarded and to disconnect from wrong people!
You've heard me say it 1000 times: when God wants to bless you, He sends people into your life. When the devil wants to mess you up, he sends people into your life.
Psalm 141:4 – “Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
It’s having a sweet tooth for something you know you like but it's not good for you. That doesn’t just mean chocolate cake!!
4. In 2022, let my faith remain focused on you!
Psalm 141:8 – “But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.”
David’s prayer is “let my eyes be upon you and God will handle the enemies that are assigned to hinder you.”
Psalm 141:10 – “Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.”
3 John 1:2 - "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."
I'm believing for God's best for you in 2023!
Life & Legacy Ministries