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January 3 Prayer [Based on James 1:17]

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Bible verse for January 3 Prayer

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV.

Questions to think about/pray through for your January 3 Prayer

1. This verse is often seen with beautiful gifts that come from above, such as the birth of a child. It is a wonderful quote to do just that. Take some time though to read James 1:1-18. This verse is within a chapter about trials and temptations. One powerful verse from it says, “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:14-15.)  What desires not from God did you experience last year? 

2. To move forward in a new year, it is important to reflect on the previous year. Grab a piece of paper. Write down the desires you fought with during the previous year that did not come from God. Write down the ways you handled it, no matter how hard. 

3. God wants to see us move forward. The enemy wants us to stay in our ways. More often than not, until we beat the desires of the flesh with God’s help, the enemy will use the same tactics. In a way, it’s almost like you have a roadmap of what you may face this year. What are some ways you can handle it better in this upcoming year? Make a list of what to do when you fight the same battles as last year.

January 3 Prayer

Lord, we know all good gifts are from up above, not from this earth. We know that they never change, like shifting shadows. We also know that “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we may be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” (James 1:18.) Help us to live through your word of truth instead of evil desires of the world this year. Remind us that you are always the solution and always the way out, Amen!

A January 3 prayer


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  • Jessie Synan

    Jessie Synan is a Ph.D. student in Bible Exposition who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 10,000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”

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