Prayer for January 2: Please pray with me. God of time, we lift up 2018. Every year we lament what could have been in the old year and anticipate what the new year could bring. Empower us to break this cycle Lord. Bless this year and let it be a blessing on people. Let this be the year that we encounter you, that we see you among our neighbors, that wisdom is allowed to lead us, that we actively move the world toward peace, that we dismiss verbal and physical violence, that we replace the urge to separate people with the desire to respect others. Let this be the year that your love, grace, and forgiveness impact the hardest of hearts in our world. Let this be the year that you encounter the self-centered of this world. Let this be the year that you change our hearts and minds to live out what it means to be a follower of you Holy One. Let this be the year that your followers actually follow your will instead of using your name to advance their own agendas of power, politics, and influence. Let your kingdom come. Amen.