This year, I need to spend a lot of times writing my paper. Hopefully, I can also blog regularly.
I preached in the church this morning and upon seeing that there were more locals than the internationals who attended the worship service, I requested Isaac (our official translator in the Jubilee Bible School) to translate for me. It has been a while since I preached with translator and I still found it uncomfortable.
Anyways, last night as I was preparing the sermon and I was looking for a good illustration to the introduction. I found this prayer from e-sword illustration tools.
May this be our prayer for the new year as well.
Lord, I confess before You that:
I have had longings and nudges from You which I did not translate into action.
I have made decisions without consulting You, then have blamed You when things went wrong.
I have said that I trusted You, yet have not turned my affairs over to You.
I have been greedy for present delights and pleasures, unwilling to wait for those joys which time and discipline alone can give.
I have often sought the easy way and have consistently drawn back from the road that is hard.
I have been fond of giving myself to dreams of which I am going to do sometime, yet have been so slow in getting started to do them.
Forgive me for all the intentions that were born and somehow never lived.
And now I claim Your promise to change me. Do for me what I cannot do for myself. Lead me into a new tomorrow with a new spirit. Cleanse my heart; create within me new attitudes and new ideas, as only You can. Amen.