The wickedness of human being which started with Cain in the Garden of Eden after the fall of man is increasing every day. If hatred would start from blood relation, one can imagine the magnitude of hatred that one would have towards a distance or a nonrelation.  

The Bible says,

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5) Again, the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9).

These statements are true today. Human being is unrepentant of their wickedness; continually they rebel against their Creator; one person against the other person and nation against nation. Man does not fear God anymore.

God created man (Adam) first and the woman (Eve) out of man and put them in the Garden of Eden to live a comfortable life and that He might have a good relationship with them from time to time. However, Eve fell to deception of the serpent (devil) and caused Adam to fall also. Man sinned against God and was sent out of the Garden. The more man sins, the more he distances himself from God.

Despite the sin of man and his unfaithfulness, God is still gracious, compassionate and merciful, always willing to take him back and wanting to restore the original relationship again through His Son Jesus Christ; that man may experience again His goodness as it was in the beginning in the Garden of Eden.

God wants us to come nearer to Him in year 2020 so that He can come nearer to us, because He loves us. the scripture states,

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. … “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up”. (Jas 4:7-10)

Look at the condition in that passage; if you as a Christian would come closer to God, you are automatically drawing nearer onto Him: God does not go anywhere; human being is the one distancing him/herself away from Him. Many Christians today have become enemies of God because of many distractions in the world that has taken away their focus and reliance from God. Note this, the more you distance away from God the more you draw closer to the devil; before you notice, you are overwhelmed with sin and fear. Beware this year, don’t distance yourself from God.

To come nearer to God is just as one wish to get closer to those they love – husband to wife, parent to children or lover to lover. Most Christians today is overwhelm with the norms of the society, setting things of the world above the things of God; this is contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ, to seek the Kingdom of God first (Matt. 6:33)

Coming nearer to God requires diligence, persevering, constant and persistence effort. It is not a one time or occasionally affair, nor it is a thing of when it is convenient or when you feel like, neither it is when you have problem; but it is an all-season affair.

For you to be nearer to God this year,

  1. have a heart that is toward God;
  2. seek Him with the right heart;
  3. seek His ways to please Him; and
  4. submit every area of your life to Him.

Why is it necessary to come nearer to God in year 2020?

No haven on earth where we can run to for safety. Since 2009 attack at Fort Hood cantonment in Texas, USA to the recent terrorist act at the Naval base killing in Florida, there have been numerous murders ranging from homicide to genocide. If the security agencies that supposed to protect people are being attacked all the time, where is the safety of the people they are protecting. 

Innocent people are murdered every day all over the world. Human and natural disaster are increasing every day. All over the world there are genocides and homicides occurring daily.  There are killings on the street, at homes, in schools, in churches, in synagogues, in the club houses, on the playing ground; attack in buses, trains; deliberate hijacking of planes and pirate attacks on ships etc.

Terrorist activities is rampaging every country in the world. There is outbreak of terrorist and religious conflict in every continent – e.g. the Islamic sect, Boko Haram in Nigeria attacked Christian churches in 2011. In many countries of Europe, ISIS had wreaked havoc; mass murdering of innocent people with gas in Syria; what about the drug cartel in South America and the pharmaceutical companies who are silently killing people with their drugs.

World economy does not favor masses anymore, only the rich people enjoy what is meant for all. The world is living at the mercy of the pharmaceutical company who are increasingly sky-rocketing the price of their medicines that barely cure any sickness or disease anymore; but held their victims captive to retain them and manage their sickness and disease perpetually in their body.

Medical Doctors are not excluded in this matter; the quest for money at all cost is the order of the day; having a good name has no meaning to anyone. Many lives are lost daily for wrong diagnosis, unnecessary prescriptions and surgeries; all in the aim of sapping the patients’ pocket and the insurance company. Insurance companies are also part of the scheme. The world we supposed to enjoy has become the survival of the fittest.

In view of all and more of these scenarios, you need to come nearer to God for safety in this new year. The Bible states

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. (Pro. 18:10)

How to be nearer to God in 2020

Foremost before other things, strive to be in the presence of God always. The Holy Spirit will help you to achieve this, not flesh. Submit yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to direct you, follow His lead when you hear His voice and follow (Jn. 10:27-28).

One question that may pop up is how do you know when the Holy Spirit is talking to you? It is the word of God that attests to what the Holy Spirit is saying about the purpose and will of God for man, and for your own life.

Knowing the word of God is not enough to draw you nearer to God, but you must be able to appropriate it to guide you in all your ways and doings. Do not turn your back against the Lord; rather, obey his words and directives. Do not despise the word or prophecy of God. If you do not believe, keep it to yourself and do not discourage or mislead others from believing (2Ki. 7:2, 17; 3Jn. 9-11).

The only haven on earth is in God. No nation can save her citizens, no man can save another man; the only place of safety is in God through our Lord Jesus. Only through Him you can dwell in safety in the Lord.

The scripture states

  • “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
    Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
    My God, in Him I will trust.” (Ps 91:1-2)
    • “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
      Even the Most High, your dwelling place” (Ps. 91:9)
    • “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
      I will [e]set him on high, because he has known My name.
      He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; (Ps. 91:14-15a)

The whole chapter of the Psalm 91 gave us revelation on how we receive safety – when we abide in the presence of God. We have responsibilities to do and we received reward for it.

The need to be in His presence

You can be in His presence when you

  • Seek the face of God to gain access to Him
  • Seek to be in His presence always
  • Spend quality quiet time with Jesus. Quiet time can involve you reading various gospel-oriented books; listen to devotional Christian music and reading prayer books
  • Attend church programs regularly; do not forsake the assembly of God’s people
  • Read the Bible always
  • Evangelize the word – it helps you to appropriate the word
  • the above points will help you to grow your faith and spirituality.
  • Be prayerful- show gratitude and pray purposeful prayer. Note this, prayer is described as drawing near to God Heb. (10:22; Ps. 73:28)
  • Give time for fasting in order to combat seen and unseen forces; learn to wait on the Lord (Ps 40:1-3; Is. 40:31). “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
  • Do not hold anything against anyone. You must forgive those who offended you; or, ask for forgiveness, from those you have offended. Why?  Miracle and healing happen when sins are forgiving.
  • All the above will help you to stay undefiled because you are in the presence of a Holy God. (Ps. 119:1)

Being in the presence of God guarantees our blessings for 2020

We have a good God Who is faithful to the meaning of his Names as revealed in His character and to His promises. Therefore, it is imperative for us to draw nearer to Him in year 2020 for all His blessings and promises for which His names stand for to come to pass in our lives. That Psalm. 91 listed all the rewards we receive when we are nearer to God.

  • God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent; therefore, He knows you more than what you know about yourself; He is aware of your situation and where you are; He has all the power to put you right
  • In Him you can do all things
  • He is your protector
  • He is your provider
  • He is your shepherd – He pilots your course
  • He is your healer
  • He gave you victory
  • His Son Jesus Christ’s righteousness takes the place of your sinful nature
  • Through the death of Jesus on the cross as a sacrifice on your behalf, you receive mercy and find grace to receive your forgiveness. Thus, delivering you form sin and its power. (1Pet. 3:18; Eph. 2:18).
  • He is your deliverer (Heb. 7:25)
  • He is the only One that gives an everlasting peace. However, it is the absent of sin that gives peace
  • He fights your battle
  • He reveals His will and purpose for your life

In the light of the above character attributes of our God, there is no situation you find yourself in year 2020, as long as you are nearer to Him (in His presence) His presence will be with you to deliver you and make you to dwell in safety.

The scripture states

” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,“(Is. 43: 2-3)

Matt 11: 28-30, only in Christ that your soul have rest.

Take the decision to come nearer (Presence) to God in 2020

Now, having known what can help and make you to come nearer to God, you need to take a decision to be nearer to God in year 2020. There are many Christians today – clergy, overseers, ministers, congregants who called themselves Christians, who claimed to know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation; who can do and undo things people called miracles, speaking in tongue, quoting from verse to verse; yet, there heart is far from God.

The Bible states

“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men” (Is.29:13)

The decision to come nearer to God this year is your best choice and God has given you the power to do so. The choice to do this is easy when you make up your mind to do so; but if you are doing this reluctantly, you may find it difficult to do. The Bible say “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me (Phi. 4:13). When you make up your mind to come nearer to God, automatically, your spirit is ignited into action.

Make God number one in all your decision making and endeavors in the new year. Don’t ever think that your coming nearer to God this year is a physical or visible thing, where you expect the praise of man or show off to proof yourself. No; coming nearer to God is a thing of the heart, the inner man doing things to please God; putting up an attitude that is borne out of genuine love for God, a right attitude that is holy.

Call on God this year

God intervenes in the affairs of this world, especially, he is aware of the trouble and problem affecting His people and He acts in their behalf. To many, many things are viewed to be impossible, however the Bible confirms “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Lk. 1:37). Furthermore, the Lord said through Jeremiah, “Call on Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3). The Bible declared moreover, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).  Call on Him in truth – “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth” (Ps. 145:18-20).

  • Call on Him in sincerity of heart – “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (the word of God)” (Heb. 10:19-22).
  • Return unto God; restitute and normalize relationship with Him; by this, God will intervein on your behalf.
  • Come before Him with a humble heart – “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6-8)
  • Be happy before Him always – “…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
    And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name”. (Ps. 100:2-4)
  • Most importantly, come to His presence with a heart full of thanksgiving – with tangible and intangible (Ps. 96:8)


Keep pressing forward in year 2020

No one ever arrived, no one ever stay in a place of satisfaction in this world, human being is insatiable, man is “Oliver Twist” he is always asking for more. If you don’t have, you want more; on the other hand, if you have, you want more. It thus shows that, as a Christian, the height you can go is unlimited if you are nearer to the Lord in 2020.

Where you are now is only temporary, you are not where you supposed to be yet; God is taking you to a higher ground. Remain firm and keep standing in the Lord. Keep believing, keep walking in the path of your destiny with unlimited blessings which the Lord had prepared for you. Keep pressing forward no matter what you encounter on the new journey of year 2020

Nothing is easily gotten, but everyone who has achieved in this world has pressed against odds before having success. There is the need to press against success barrier of the “ozone layer” to gain entrance into your space of success and where God is taking you this year. There is the need for you as a Christian to exercise your God given power, a divine great force, applying it to get your goal.

You must not be tired, weary or be discouraged; you must keep pressing because there are numerous forces trying to prevent children of God from advancing to the next level of success both spiritually, physically and financially. Therefore, you must push through any obstacle, push through doubts, push through temptation, push through fear; push through economic negative indices or anything that wants to work against the purpose of God for your life in year 2020. You must press forward with steadfastness in Christ Jesus through Whom we can do all things.

Your challenges this year must not weaken you, must not slow you down neither should it cause you to give up; but be strengthened, be courageous, be expectant and be confident. So, when you are pressing forward, remain steadfast, focus, have faith in God, hope for the best, love God and His people and believing that God has a new package for you in year 2020. Have faith in God, believe in Jesus Christ and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit; come nearer to God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. (Heb.11:6).

“those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Ps.34:10b)


Give thanks to the Lord for a successful crossover into 2020

  • Magnify the Lord by praising His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day of the year. Praising the Lord will open the window of heaven for showers of blessings.
  • Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life; the gift of life, physical and spiritual blessings, endowments, healing, protection, provision, deliverance, safety, victories, divine attractions, promotion etc. thanking the Lord attracts more blessings.

Acknowledge, confess your sins and repent

Confess your sin that you may receive mercy, forgiveness and a refreshing time from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).

  • Pray for God’s mercy which triumphs over any evil judgment to remove penalty of your sins.
  • Pray that Lord will remove every filthy garment of reproach (poverty, sickness, inferiority complex, ungodly acts, backwardness, waywardness) from your life

Pray for sanctification

  • New Year is a new beginning; therefore, pray for cleansing by the blood of Christ and spiritual washing which purifies and purges you of your sin – sanctification produces divine transformation.
  • Pray for prevention and protection from the manifestation of sin, defilement, waywardness, and all those things which work against the will of God in your life.

Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit

For spiritual growth, spiritual guidance, spiritual lead, spiritual gifts and empowerment for excellence.

Pray for newness of life

  • You need fresh anointing, renewed spirit and spiritual revival for the New Year
  • Pray for circumcision of your heart
  • To be receptacle to God’s word, will and call
  • For God to remove your stubborn heart and replace it with the heart of flesh
  • That the Lord will coat you with the garment of humility and prevent you from pride 

Pray for Spiritual fruitfulness

Prayers for grace and empowerment to come nearer to God in year 2020

  • Pray that you will find grace in the sight of God
  • Grace to develop a good and strong personal relationship with God, let it fall upon you
  • Grace for a new beginning and a new walk with Christ every day, let it fall on you.
  • Pray for empowerment to seek God’s will; and to do the right thing
  • Pray that the Lord will create in your mind an attitude that will attract His presence in your life.
  • Pray for power and grace to break from evil association
  • Pray for the grace and power to overcome the power of flesh
  • Pray for empowerment and strength to wait on the Lord and strength to overcome pressure of the flesh
  • Pray for unshaken faith and for the Lord to help you.  Develop an unshaken faith – Faith destroys negative thought.
  • Pray for spiritual and physical equipping and preparedness to face the challenges of the new year.
  • pray for empowerment for boldness and confidence to penetrate where God has prepared for you to tap His blessing in the new Year
  • Pray for empowerment for and of the word of God to work in your favor and move you forward continually.
  • Pray for the Lord to show you His way that you will follow in the year
  • Pray like Moses did, “Lord, let me know you that I may find grace in Your sight”
  • Pray that the presence of the Lord will go with you in year 2020

Prayers for spiritual empowerment to choose right

  • Pray for discerning spirit to guide you in all decision making in Year 2020.
  •  Grace and power to choose God first in all things pertaining to you, let it fall upon you.
  • Pray for spiritual revelation for all your undertakings.
  • Pray for empowerment to overcome fear, discouragement and distraction

Prayer for the manifestation of the meaning of God’s Names as revealed in His character and to His promises upon your life

  • Pray for power to pursue your goals and succeed without failing; you will also recover all your losses of past years.
  • Pray for empowerment to pursue a divine ordained purpose for your life
  • Pray for empowerment to strive to achieve and obtain your goals
  • Pray for favor upon you round about
  • Pray for uncommon revelation of God’s goodness
  • Pray for establishment and fulfillment in 2020
  • Pray to see God’s glory manifest in your life this new year
  • Pray for uncommon extraordinary provision of God
  • Grace and faith to receive from God new things this new year, let it fall on you.
  • Pray that the Lord will consider your case for divine favor
  • Pray that the Lord will mark you for distinction in all your undertakings
  • Pray for divine providence to supply all your spiritual, physical and financial needs
  • Pray for spiritual and physical empowerment to succeed in all your ventures

Prayers for protection and safety

  • Pray for protection over yourself, your family and your possession against human and natural disaster.
  • Pray that none of your family members or your acquittances will be victim of any assault or onslaught of the evil people in year 2020 and beyond.
  • Pray for divine empowerment to strengthen you whenever you are down or faced with challenges.
  • Pray for victory over any “giant” (enemy) that crosses your path
  • Pray for protection against every evil occurrence (natural or unnatural disaster) that may want to surface in year 2020
  • Pray against any power or agent of procrastination that crosses your path of progress to cause delay or stagnation
  • Pray for deliverance from any physical or spiritual power that will want to rob you of your possessions.

Pray for open heaven for shower of blessings

  • Pray for divine strategy and empowerment to help you run the race of life with ease, and for the rain of blessing upon your life, your works, your businesses in all your undertakings.
  • Pray for God’s protection and sustenance during the year

Prayers for divine health and wellness

  • Pray for divine medicine for your wellness in year 2020
  • Pray for divine healing on any form or disease/s or sickness that is troubling your life.
  • Pray for divine health and strength for those that are sick around you, and those that are connected to you.
  • Pray that you will not be a victim and captive of the pharmaceutical companies and evil medical practitioner.

Prayer for peace

  • Pray for restoration of peace, harmony and love in 70% of homes that have been shattered and scattered in USA as a point of contact to homes in the world.
  • Pray for peace to reign over the world, especially in the country where you reside.
  • Pray for those who are emotionally and mentally disturbed in our society to have a touch of divine healing in order to give peace a chance in the world.

Personalize these prayers

  • Pray that the Lord will reveal His Glory to you
  • Pray that the Lord will give you rest roundabout.
  • Pray as follows, Father let me hide myself in thee, in the cleft of Your Son Jesus throughout the year because safety is only in You
  • Pray that you will never wander away from the presence of God.

Ask all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Have a happy new year.

By Lawrence Abitogun

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  1. Happy New Year – Prayer bulletin for Year 2010
  2. Guarding against Lustful Temptation Part 7; Prayer bulletin for Year 2014
  3. Prayer bulletin for year 2016 Topic: Focus on God for Direction in Year 2016
  4. Your “sling-shot” for victory in year 2011
  5. Prayer bulletin for year 2019

About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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