A Puritan Prayer for the New Year

A great prayer from the Puritans to begin the New Year!

New Year

O Lord,

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed

in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains,

sanctifies, aids every hour,

that I may not be one moment apart from thee,

but may rely on thy Spirit

to supply every thought,

speak in every word,

direct every step,

prosper every work,

build up every mote of faith,

and give me a desire

to show forth thy praise,

testify thy love,

advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,

with thee, O Father, as my harbor,

thee, O Son, at my helm,

thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,

my lamp burning,

my ear open to thy calls,

my heart full of love,

my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,

thy comforts to cheer,

thy wisdom to teach,

thy right hand to guide,

thy counsel to instruct,

thy law to judge,

thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe,

thy triumphs my joy.

Arthur Bennett, ed, The Valley of Vision: a Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Banner of Truth, Edinburgh 2001 (= 1975), p. 112.

This prayer is in Italian here.



The following is an excellent introduction to the Puritans: Leland Ryken, Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were.

Happy New Year!

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Here are a few resources in English

1.The Importance of the Cross of Christ


2.The Meaning of the Cross of Christ


3.The Teaching of the Cross of Christ


Questi sono disponibili anche in italiano a questo link http://pietrociavarella.altervista.org/la-centralita-della-croce-di-cristo-una-risorsa-per-voi-e-per-le-vostre-famigie/

-Easter Message, 12 April 2020 (during pandemia Covid19, Italian National Lockdown


-Hebrews 11:8 Abraham, the Follower of God (for Stonebridge Baptist, San Antonio)


-John 13:1-17 Preached for FEFC Calgary, pastor Jaime Cisterna (24.5.20)



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