Photo by NordWood Themes. Modified and used with permission by Nexus Prayer via Unsplash

Before highlighting a few of the resolutions I’ve made for Nexus Prayer and myself for the New Year, let’s take a quick look at last year and the resolutions currently trending in the United States for 2019  according to Inc. (Thank you, Statista!)Infographic: The Top New Year's Resolutions For 2019 | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Notice anything missing? As in previous years, you’ll find no resolutions (less than 10%) to spend more time with God through increased church attendance, Scripture reading, or prayer among Americans priorities. No surprise there. Equally unsurprising is that prayer in general, and nexus prayer in particular, are both at the top of my New Year’s resolution list. As promised, here are a few personal goals and plans for Nexus Prayer in 2019:

  • Nexus Prayer – Since Nexus Prayer was first launched in 2015, I have gradually succeeded in increasing the amount of time I spend daily in nexus prayer and I plan on continuing that trend for 2019. Although my daily goal will remain at one hour, my average for the last three years has been 30 minutes. That works out to 5,359 sessions; 1,570 days; 803 total hours, with an average of 3.4 sessions per day. I’m not bragging here. To the contrary, I wish I could pray more. But what’s worth mentioning is that the vast majority of that time spent connecting to God through nexus prayer was done in five minute prayer sessions! That’s 803 hours spent with God in prayer five minutes at a time. It adds up!
  • Intercessory Prayer – Likewise, I’m increasing my daily intercessory prayer time – time used praying for the needs of others in 2019. This includes praying for family, friends, the nexus prayer circle, my parish, various ministries, my fellow brothers at the Order of Saint Francis, my community, our country (God bless America!), and too many other individuals, churches, and organizations to list here by name.
  • Book Projects  – Although work on my first book on nexus prayer got off to a good start in 2018, I intend to have it completed and released before year-end. In addition, I have begun work on  a second book focusing on the history and symbolism of the San Damiano Cross (the cross of Saint Francis). Most of this research and writing will continue this year with my weekly visits to The Lanier Theological Library,
  • Franciscan Formation – As many of you know, I was accepted as a Candidate with The Order of Saint Francis (Anglican) last Fall when my formation to become a Franciscan friar was begun in earnest. The process continues this year, culminating in June when I will travel to Wisconsin to take my temporary vows as a Postulant.
  • Nexus Prayer Circle – Our local nexus prayer circle that meets every Sunday at Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church has continued to grow and flourish.  I pray for God’s continued blessings on the members of this group, while also doing all I can to help grow the prayer group that has formed at the 1960 Hope Center and meets every Friday at 12:30pm.
  • Advocacy – My volunteer work as an advocate for “the least of these” will continue this year focusing on the elderly, homeless, victims of human and sex trafficking, as well as immigrants and refugees. I also hope to become involved in preserving God’s Creation by learning more about climate change, global warming, and taking better care of our environment.
  • Personal – My plethora of personal goals for 2019 are too many to mention (all according to God’s will of course), but include: learning to live debt free, living more intentionally, eating better, serving more in my local parish, reducing clutter, getting more organized, being a better husband, father, friend, and continuing to perfect my biscotti recipe!

And what about you? What dreams do you dare to dream? What goals has God given you? How will you stretch, grow, serve, and love both God and your neighbor in 2019? What audacious projects will you take on in the coming year? Only you and God know the answers to those questions, but whatever your resolutions, my prayers are with you. However, know this: the answer is ultimately found in Matthew 6:33.

“But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things will be added unto you.”


NOTES & REFERENCES

1 The Top New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 | Statista and Inc. Magazine

2 Photo Credit: Happy New Year 2019 by NordWood Themes in Public Domain via Unsplash | Used and modified with permission by Nexus Prayer International.