Somebody once said that if you want to make God laugh then you should tell Him your plans. This is why I’ve always been slightly sceptical about the idea of New Year’s Resolutions.

While it can be a good idea to make changes to our lifestyles which make us happier and healthier, the danger with New Year’s Resolutions is that the emphasis is all on us: on what we can do for ourselves rather than opening ourselves to what God wants for us. Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before he went to the cross, is one of the most difficult prayers to make but also one of the most important. After praying that the cup of suffering which he knew that he would have to endure could be taken away, his final prayer to his Father was a simple one: “Not my will but Yours be done.”

As we begin this New Year, as well as making all the usual resolutions about eating less, doing more exercise, cutting down on alcohol and cigarettes, let us also make sure that we give time in prayer to asking God what He wants from us. We might be surprised by some of the things that are revealed to us through this.