This was initially sent to recipients of Jim’s monthly devotional, primarily medical students and colleagues who have asked to receive them:
New Year’s Prayers from UMO,
People all over the world celebrate the coming of the New Year. If we take the time to look back and reflect upon our lives, most of us will be either filled with joy or disappointment at what we accomplished. Probably it will be a mixture of both.
This date gives us the opportunity to forget the past, set new goals and look forward to the future. We take a night to celebrate with friends, wishing each other prosperity, good health, love and much success in every endeavor.
Our prayer for each of you is to grow closer to God who created you, to seek His will for your life. No matter how old we are, we still wonder what exactly is the purpose of our lives. How do you answer this question?
The Bible offers at least two answers. First from Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Second form Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Therefore our prayer is you will be more obedient to Jesus’ command “to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
By His grace and for His glory,
Ukraine Medical Outreach, Inc.