Wesley's Covenant Prayer

My appreciation for John Wesley, credited as the founder of the Methodist religion, grew immensely when I came across a recorded prayer he adapted for a worship service renewing 1800 congregants' Covenant with God on a dreary Monday, August 11, 1755, in Spitalfields Church of London, England.

I am no longer mine, 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.

Now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; thou art mine, and I am thine.

So be it.

And this covenant which I have made on Earth, let it be ratified in Heaven.

Amen

Wesley's prayer was incorporated into the liturgy used in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church in 1936. Oh, that we should pray it, and mean it.

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