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The Wesleyan Covenant Prayer

From John Wesley's Covenant Service , 1780

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 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.

For those looking for background information on this prayer: here is the entry in Wikipedia: Wesley Covenant Prayer. Here are some thoughts on the significance of this prayer, from Steven Manskar: The Wesley Covenant Prayer as a Declaration of Missional Discipleship. Old Testament scholar John Hobbins has some interesting thoughts on this prayer here: The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley. And, here is the COVENANT RENEWAL SERVICE for New Year’s Eve or Day from the UM Book of Worship.

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