Living the Adventure

Covenant Prayer

The Wesley Covenant Prayer has been a special part of my spiritual adventure since I was a teenager. The prayer focuses our attention on surrendering our lives to Christ and giving Jesus full control of our present condition, our future aspirations, and our eternal destiny. The Covenant Service invites each person to confess sin and to admit to times in life where he/she has taken back control and tried to lead one’s life in one’s own power. The time of confession is encouraged to be done on one’s knees, as a physical witness to the surrender and confession that is ongoing.

In the past two months, I have been in situations where the Wesley Covenant Prayer has been used to invite youth, young adults, pastors, and laity to surrender their lives to Christ. On both occasions, I was given a card (one bookmark size and one postcard size) to keep with me to use on a daily basis as a guide for my prayers. I wanted to invite you to consider using this prayer in your own life as you continue to mature in your faith.

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 by 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.