LISTEN: The Prayer That You Should Pray for the New Year and Every Day of the Year with Daniel Whyte III


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Last year, God gave me a prayer that I want to share with you as we enter the new year. It is called “The Life Prayer,” and it goes like this:

God, prepare us for good days and bad days,
prepare us for celebrations and tragedies,
prepare us for weddings and funerals,
prepare us for life and death.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Allow me to share with you what this prayer means as it is a prayer for the new year and every day in the new year.

First, we need to be prepared for good days by acknowledging that good days have come and will come. Too many people have a gloom and doom view of life. But, we have all experienced good days, and if we are honest, most of us will admit that most of our days have been good. However, we need to be prepared for good days because people have a tendency to forget God in the good times. God warned the Israelites against this in Deuteronomy 6. First He described their good days, saying, “The Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; thou shalt have eaten and be full.” However, he warns them, “Beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” We must be prepared for the good days lest we forget God in those times.

Second, we need to be prepared for bad days. We all can remember a bad day or several bad days in our lives, when it seems as though everything is collapsing around us. It has been said that all it takes is one bad day to drive a man insane. A single bad day causes some to lose all hope and expectation for the future. One bad day has driven some to suicide. Thus, we need to be prepared for bad days. In Romans 8:18, Paul, a man who experienced many, many bad days, tells us the mentality we ought to have when we face a bad day. He writes, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” On our bad days, we need to remember that God is using even this for His glory and for our good.

Third, we need to be prepared for celebration. Contrary to what some would have you to believe, God is a God of great celebration. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, “There is a time to laugh… and a time to dance.” The Hebrews had institutional festivals where they would gather as a community to celebrate the goodness of God. We have holidays that provide us a moment to pause and celebrate with family and friends. We ought to take full advantage of those times. In her Thanksgiving week column for The Washington Post, Elizabeth Breunig reminds us that, “long before the modern age and the rise of capital, the medieval world indulged in frequent feast days. They honored the saints and the events of the Christian liturgical calendar, and marked baptisms, funerals, pilgrimages and other occasions with a hearty laying down of work.” She goes on to say, ‘Would that there were 100 days out of the year that we turned to the celebration of things that are real and lasting…. Lean back, into something cozy and comfortable, and feast. All the toil in the world will still be waiting when the feast day ends.”

Fourth, we need to be prepared for tragedies. Tragedies affect millions around the globe every year. Oftentimes, there is nothing you can do to prevent a tragedy — a hurricane, a tornado, a drunk driver, a mass shooting. You may have never experienced such a tragedy, but that only means your day of tragedy may just be around the corner. In times of tragedy, we ought to remember the words of Jesus in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Tragedy may overcome us, but Jesus can and has overcome the tragedy. And, if we are in Him, we can overcome it as well.

Fifth , we need to be prepared for weddings. The Bible says, “Marriage is honorable in all.” Marriage between a man and a woman is the first union God designed. Thus, a wedding should be a great time of celebration and joy. Two people, two families coming together as one is a great picture of what God has done for the world through His Son Jesus Christ. Research shows that the younger generation is delaying marriage longer. That is partly because of how older folks have not modeled real, Christ-honoring marriages and have far too often taken the easy way of divorce. But marriage is a great union ordained by God, and it is up to the church to uphold it standard for the world. Marriage can also be painful and heart wrenching.

Sixth, we need to be prepared for funerals. We need to be prepared for the deaths of others. Yes, one day, the person you have seen, lived with, and talked to almost every day for twenty-five years will be gone. Their body will be cold and in a casket. And you will have to go to their funeral. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” If the person who has died knew Jesus Christ as their Savior and lived a good life, a funeral does not have to be a sad occasion. It can be a commemoration of how that person used their gifts and talents for the time they were given on this earth. Yet even a christian funeral will have its special pain of lost in the black and dark night when everyone is gone.

Seventh, we need to be prepared for life. Life comes with many ups and downs; life is precious and fragile. James 4:14 says, “What is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” We must cherish life because it can so swiftly be taken away. And, we ought to live it to the fullest, going all out in our pursuit of God and our pursuit of the things He has called us to do. Erma Bombeck said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'”

Eighth, we need to be prepared for death. At the opposite end of the spectrum of life is death. Ecclesiastes 3:2 says, “A time to be born, and a time to die.” People are dying all the time. Young people, old people; sick people, and people in perfect health. Death is inevitable, and sometimes, it comes as a surprise. The only way to combat death is to be prepared for it. Rob Moll, in his book, “The Art of Dying,” wrote, “Throughout Christian history, Christians intentionally practiced their own deaths, cared for the dying and prepared for their passing in ways that reflected their beliefs about the life and death of Jesus Christ. It is clear from Christian history that dying well requires preparation. Jesus not only prepared himself, most intensively in the garden on the night before he died, but he also tried to prepare his followers.” After a president leaves office, one of the most important things he does is plan his own funeral. Perhaps, many of us should prepare our own funerals while we are alive and able as a way of preparing for our death.

You will face some or all of these circumstances in the New Year. Remember, they are each a part of life, and you can get through them all if you simply ask God to prepare you for them

God, prepare us for good days and bad days,
prepare us for celebrations and tragedies,
prepare us for weddings and funerals,
prepare us for life and death.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.