The following is A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition. According to Wikipedia it was adapted by John Wesley in the late 1700’s for use in the service of renewal of the believer’s covenant with God. I think it is timely for us at Greenwood to be thinking of renewing our covenants with God which we entered into through baptism and membership in the body of Christ. I personally have recently made this prayer part of my daily prayers. So now I offer it to you:
- I am no longer my own, but thine.
- Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
- Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
- Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
- exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
- Let me be full, let me be empty.
- Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
- I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
- And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
- thou art mine, and I am thine.
- So be it.
- And the covenant which I have made on earth,
- let it be ratified in heaven.
[as used in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1036, and more at http://en.wikepedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Covenant_Prayer%5D