In the sermon this past week, I referenced an historic prayer within the Methodism. It is traditionally said as part of a Watch Night service held on New Year’s Eve. Although I have not kept up with the practice of that particular service, I have found that renewing my covenant with God through the use of this prayer to be of great value in my pastoral and familial life. I have prayed this prayer annually, as a part of a sermon on prayer, and we have received innumerable requests for the prayer to be published. May it be a blessing for you as it has been for me, my family, and the church of my birth for many years.
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition:
“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.” -United Methodist Book of Worship, 607