A Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

John Wesley

A friend recently reminded me of this important prayer of consecration within the Wesleyan tradition. One source says, “John Wesley adapted this prayer from the Puritan tradition that was so important to his parents, Samuel and Suzannah, and life in the Epworth rectory. It informed his theology and preaching. He expected the people called ‘Methodists'”‘ to pray this prayer at the beginning of each new year as a way of remembering and renewing their baptismal covenant.” It is a good one to return to again and again in our life.

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.
Amen.

By John Wesley, evangelist and founder of the Methodist movement.

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