10 Questions to ask in the new year.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

1) What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
2) What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
3) What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
4) In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
5) What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
6) What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
7) For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
8) What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
9) What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
10) What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question.
As we think about these things and think about how we could set about changing ourselves to the end of being more godly lets remember what Jesus said: "Apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).

Copyright © 2003 Donald S. Whitney

1 comment:

  1. WOW!

    What a bunch of awfully challenging questions. They are so thought-provoking and encourgage you to think differently about the new year. Even if you applied one question to daily life it would affect so much! Just considering question 10 makes you remember to get things in perspective!

    I think that these questions will prove to be really challenging each year, we should look back at them again every new year! The last paragraph is also good as it deals with how we should react to questions like these!

    I hope these challenge you as much as they did me.


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