A Prayer for New Rhythms
By Ashley Moore
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19, NLT
Every year I pray and choose a word that will set the tone of the new year. Some words I’ve chosen are words such as kind, patient, and this past year I chose the word proclaim. It is such a joy to see how God uses words and this simple yearly rhythm to grow me and direct my steps. This rhythm has become a practice to keep following Christ and becoming more like Him at the forefront of my mind all year long. I love the new year because it brings about an opportunity to pick a new word and experience Christ’s leading in a new and fresh way. Do you choose a word at the beginning of a new year? If not, can I challenge you to pray and consider doing so?
The prophet Isaiah’s proclamations illuminated the works of God among the Israelites. They hadn’t experienced God in this way before; this was new territory. These were people accustomed to the priesthood and the Levitical Law. There was a clear, right, and proper order to worship God, receive forgiveness of sins, and live as His people.
The new thing Isaiah spoke of? He was going to provide a perfect and final sacrifice for His people’s sins. When it seemed as if there was no fix for Israel’s proclivity to wander away from God and no end to His anger and wrath, God used Isaiah to tell them God was making a way. And it would be something so wonderful; it would be like a flowing river where there used to only be a desert wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).
Our God is a wonderful God who goes to great lengths to woo and awe His people into giving Him praise. Think about the wings of a butterfly, or the ability of your favorite musical artist’s pitch to give you goosebumps, or what about the intricacies and nuances of snowflakes under a microscope–no two containing the same pattern.
God loves to do new things. And maybe this year, He is prompting you to consider some new rhythms. Maybe you feel the need to create a new schedule, take a new job, or make some new friends. Maybe you need to make some new memories or read new books so you can create new, healthier habits. Perhaps it is time to read a new part of the Bible you’ve never read or study a new translation. Maybe like me, you need a new word to live your life next year through a new perspective!
Whatever the case, let’s praise God for the ways He surprises us by accomplishing His purposes in new ways we wouldn’t have previously considered. And in an effort to follow our Good Shepherd and reflect His image to the world, let’s also consider and pray about new rhythms for a new year. Maybe your word for 2023 can be new!?
Thank you that you are El Oseh Feleh (êl ‘ō·śêh p̄e·le), the God who works wonders (Psalm 77:14)! We can’t possibly box you in with our limited understanding. Thank you for a new year and the opportunity to allow you to do a new thing in our lives. I pray, Lord, that you would show us new rhythms for living. Show us creative ways you want to use us as witnesses for your glory. Would you forgive us when we become rigid and stuck in our ways? Forgive us when we refuse to see how you do things beyond our imaginations and understanding (Ephesians 3:20). Lord, your Son’s life bears witness to this phenomenon! Help us see, Lord. Give us an insatiable desire to learn more about who you are and how you want us to live from your Word in this new year. Would you bring each of us a special word or phrase that we can focus on this year that will help us to become more like you? Thank you that you are a creative and awesome God. Lord, do a new thing! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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Ashley Moore is a writer and host of be the two™podcast. She is known for her relatability and for passionately writing and speaking about mental, emotional, and relational health from a biblical worldview. She has written for Kingdom Edge Magazine, Guideposts, Crosswalk, The Secret Place, enLIVEn, The Bubbling Brook and more. If Ashley isn’t writing, you can find her with her husband, three children, and two floppy-eared Goldens on their south Georgia farmland. The best way to connect with Ashley is to grab a free devotional or Bible study and join her newsletter at free.ashleynicolemoore.com.
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