I am not the best pray-er. Over the past several months I’ve been trying to be more disciplined in prayer. One of the prayers that has helped me, especially when I couldn’t find the right words to pray, is The Wesley Covenant Prayer.
I first heard of The Wesley Covenant Prayer when I listened to a lecture given by Randy Harris at Abilene Christian University. He recommended Surrendering to God: Living the Covenant Prayer by Keith Beasley-Topliffe, a book that dives deep into The Wesley Covenant Prayer. I read the book, and instantly fell in love with this great prayer. Every line of the prayer challenges Christians to give everything to God, and to depend upon God in everything.
In the same way people buy greeting cards to communicate their feelings and love to someone they love, this prayer has given me the words, at times, to lovingly communicate to our great God.
The Wesley Covenant Prayer is a great resource for Christians. I hope this prayer is as much of a blessing for you as it is for me.
The Wesley Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.