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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Entering into a covenant with God releases control of your life to Him who loves you deeply and wants what is best for you

A Covenant Prayer
“I’m No Longer My Own, I am Yours” – Part I

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.

The first part of the Covenant Prayer is that we no longer claim any personal rights:

I am no longer my own, I am yours.

We are born with a selfish nature, and the selfish nature does not give up its rights easily. However, no one can form a meaningful covenant with God without giving Him total control of their life. We must follow His will and be obedient to His commands to be in covenant with Him.

First John 2:4-6 is clear on this part of the covenant:

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

Once a person believes that God loves them and Jesus died to save them, it is easy to ask Jesus for forgiveness. However, the struggle of a believer begins when God asks them to turn over complete control of their lives to Him.

Some believers know that they ought to say the words of the Covenant Prayer but do not put their words into action. Reread 1 John 2:4:

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar.

John points to action not just saying words… we must do what God says, not just talk about what God says!

So, the first hurdle to jump over is all about control of our lives. Who is in control, God or us? How does a believer come to the point where they are truly able to say: “I am no longer my own, I am yours”? The first step comes when we understand that Jesus gave His life for us and covered our sins with His blood shed on the cross.

Read again the Key Verse for today, the second sentence:

You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

No one can fully understand the cost that Jesus paid for their sins. But the better we understand His sacrifice, the easier we can turn control of our lives over to Him.

Remember that because of God’s love for us, He works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28).

We release control of our lives to a God who loves us deeply and wants what is best for us. Moreover, He is a God who is “all wise” and knows what is best for us!

Father, I want to trust You to the point that I allow You total control of my life. Help me to grasp it in faith. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.