Hope you all are doing well, today I want to share with you one of my favorite prayers. This prayer is like a love poem, it is about giving everything in God’s hand and surrendering to God in love and joy.
The traditional Covenant prayer makes it very clear that this affirmation is a serious one that embraces the whole of our life, in all its parts. Most people find it quite tough to say and really mean it. But prayer is so central to the Christian life. I would like you to read this covenant prayer slowly and reflect on this prayer. It was Wesley’s prayer, but it could be our prayer for 2023. This idea of Covenant was basic to John Wesley's understanding of Christian discipleship. He saw the relationship with God in Covenant as being like a marriage between human beings (both as a community and as individuals) on the one side and God in Christ on the other (cf. Ephesians 5.21-33).
His original Covenant Prayer involved taking Christ as "my Head and Husband, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, for all times and conditions, to love, honor and obey thee before all others, and this to the death".
You all are welcome to share in a Covenant Prayer Service this Sunday evening 15th January at 7pm. If you can please come and join the service with us.
A Covenant with God
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.'
Rev Kathreen Shabaz