Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wesley's New Year Prayer

I am shamelessly borrowing a post from "Throw Me a Bone," a blog by Dan Rutherford--a good friend, at one time one of my pastors and now pastoring in Victoria B.C. He writes:
The founder of the Methodist movement - John Wesley called all of his people to make an annual covenant prayer to remind them of the basis on which they were to live. He adapted a prayer for this purpose and instructed all people to renew these vows each year.

Look at these words, make them yours, ask God how He would use you in the months to come as together we seek to see His Church grow into greater Christlikeness.
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,tho u art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Isn't that an awesome thing to pray? I think I would benefit from praying it every single day instead of just once a year. Read the prayer through more than once. Can you honestly make that prayer your own?

Lord, I want to make this prayer my own. I want you and only what you want for me, whether that is much or nothing, fullness or emptiness, exaltation or lowering, easiness or suffering. Help me remember that all comes from your hand and nothing is without your purpose. May your will be done.


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