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If you’re looking for some prayers for 2023, whether for leading intercessions or your personal prayer time – I think I can help!

In this blog we have a series of prayers for you to use throughout this year. They could help inspire your intercessions when you are leading prayers at church. They could give you pre-written prayers to use when you are unsure where to start. And they could help lead you as you pray together as a family this year.

Prayers for 2023

Trusting God with our plans

Dear God, whilst we make plans for the year ahead of us, we do not know what these 12 months will hold. We bring before you our plans, and place them firmly into your loving hands. Help us to trust that your timing is best, that you know best what is good for us. Help us to remember that you are working for our good in all things. May we trust you more each day and become more obedient, more willing and more faithful. Amen.

Prayer for the world in 12 months time

Dear God, this world faces so many challenges and it can feel like their are storms all around us. From political division, to natural disasters, to the lasting impacts of war and violence. We pray that your hand will be upon this world and that in 12 months time, this world will be a better place. That it will be kinder, healthier, more loving, more peaceful. We ask that you will break our hearts for what breaks yours, and direct us to the places where you want our attention to be focused. May your presence be known across the world. Amen.

Listening for God’s direction

Dear God, what are your plans for me this year? Speak to me and show me the direction that I should go. Reveal the opportunities that I have to bring you glory and make a difference in this world. Give me the courage to follow where you lead me, and the obedience and self-control not to go off on my own path when this leads me away from you. Amen.

Prayer for the things you are looking forward to

Dear God, there are so many things that I am looking forward to this year. I thank you and praise you for these wonderful things that I have in my life. Thank you for the people that I will spend time with this year, and those that I will meet for the first time. I thank you for the places that I will visit. Thank you for the celebrations and events, the adventures and exploring, the get-togethers and chill-outs. Remind me to always thank you for the good things that you have given to me. Amen.

Prayers for 2023 to be a year of…

Dear God, you know what 2023 has in store for me. Be with me through every moment of every day. Direct my footsteps, guide my path, and walk alongside me. Through every celebration, every challenge, every heartache, may I know your presence. I pray that 2023 will be a year of joy, a year of blessings, a year of peace. A year of healing, a year of justice, a year of love. May it be a year of together, and a year of hope. Amen.

My prayers for 2023

This year, I have written a special prayer for myself and my family. I keep this prayer in the front of my bullet journal and pray through it each time I see it. I would really encourage you to write your own, personal prayer that reflects the things that are happening in your lives this year. This has already really helped me to focus my prayers for this year, and pray continually over this year.

Dear God, in 2023 we pray that we will grow together as a family. That we will know you with us in every moment, and alongside us through every battle. May we shine your light in everything we do. May we bless those around us. And may we find joy in every day. Amen.

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