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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

When we take God’s Word (the Bible) as truth, we can trust it and give ourselves totally to it

A Covenant Prayer
“I Freely and Heartily Yield All Things”

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-11

Key Verses: Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

The next commitment to study from John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” is:

I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

This fits two of Oswald Chambers’ quotes: “God can do what He likes with the person who is abandoned to Him”. And, “Abandonment to God is of more value than personal holiness”.

From today’s Scripture Reading, can you see why John Wesley and Oswald Chambers felt and said what they did?

In other words, think about the challenge of ”Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit”. This would be impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. So would the next statement of our Key Verses: “Value others above yourselves”.

As we read these two verses, there are two responses possible. One is to discount them as exaggerations. The second is to believe them. Believe that where God guides, He provides. Trust the Holy Spirit to help us believe them as God’s promises.

Another Oswald Chambers quote confirms the Holy Spirit’s help: “The great aim of the Holy Spirit is to get us abandoned to God”.

If you choose to pray Wesley’s Covenant Prayer, you can trust that God will help you make the prayer true in your life.

When I tell God that I freely and heartily yield all things, I know I cannot want that on my own nor can I truly live that out without His help. But remember Philippians 2:13:

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Put this promise in your memory bank. God gives us the desires and the ability to do what pleases Him. So, when we determine to pray this Covenant Prayer, even when we are saying some things that we might not be able to feel as deeply as we want, God will help us.

We may not feel that we truly want to yield all things to God, especially “heartily”. We do not need to pretend; simply tell God that we need His help to truly desire this kind of abandonment.

Our flesh fights against what our spirit wants. The evil one provides all kinds of excuses why we need not be so “radical” in our walk with God.

But when we take God’s Word as truth, we can trust it and give ourselves totally to it.

Father, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. Help me to truly want this and live this. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.