What shall I ask for the coming year?
What is Your will to do?
What would You do for me, dear Lord?
How can I best serve You?
Lord, I would ask for a holy year,
Spent in Your perfect will;
Help me to walk in Your very steps—
Help me to please You still.
Lord, I would ask for a trustful year;
Humble, and yet so high;
Help to bow at Your holy feet,
And in Your presence lie.
Lord, I would ask for a year of faith;
Give me Your faith divine,
Taking my full inheritance,
Making Your fullness mine,
Lord, I would ask for a year of love,
That I may love You best;
Give me the love that fails not,
Under the hardest test.
Lord, I would ask for a busy year,
Filled up with service true;
Doing with all Your Spirit’s might
All that I find to do.
Lord, I would ask for a year of prayer—
Teach me to walk with You;
Breathe in my heart Your Spirit’s breath;
Fill me with Your power to do.
Lord, I would ask for a dying world;
Stretch forth Your mighty hand;
Scatter forth Your Word—Your power display
This year in every land.
Lord, I would ask for a year of joy,
Your peace, Your joy divine,
Springing undimmed through all the day,
Whether of shade or shine.
Lord, I would ask for a year of hope,
Looking for You to come,
And hastening on that year of years,
That brings us Christ and Home.