At the beginning of a new year, we offer this prayer from our 250 year old tradition started by John and Charles Wesley. Reflect on the prayer and the invitation.
Giving ourselves completely to God is a daily journey that requires courage and vigilance. In one moment we can rest fully leaning on God’s love and grace and in the next want to trust only in ourselves and the wisdom of the world.
You may choose to practice this prayer each day as you seek to follow God more fully in 2018. For a New Year’s resolution, we could certainly do worse.
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
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 by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by 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.