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John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer

April 17th, 2019 | Worth Wheeler

A few weeks back, to kick off our Holy Week series, I mentioned what is often called Wesley’s Covenant Prayer. This is a prayer that I pull up usually once a month  during my morning prayers to help keep me focused and centered when it comes to my vocation and calling. It may be helpful for you in your spiritual journey with Christ as well.

John Wesley, at the beginning of each new year, would hold a Covenant Renewal Service in his congregation starting in 1780 (read more about it here) and he would pray these words:

I am no longer my own, but yours.

Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by you or laid aside for you,

exalted for you or brought low for you.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and willingly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

you are mine, and I am yours.

So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.

Prayer, Spiritual Formation