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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Have a deep joy for what is to come once you pass from this life to the next

A Covenant Prayer
“Let Me Be Laid Aside for You” – Part I

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:18-30

Key Verse: Philippians 1:21
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

In today’s Scripture Reading, Paul writes about being put into prison because he preached the Gospel of Christ.

Most Biblical scholars would describe Paul as a “type A” personality, the most ambitious of all personalities. Paul always wanted to be busy and on the move.

Can you imagine what it was like for a person like the Apostle Paul to be in prison, unable to travel around preaching the Gospel and starting churches? Did Paul feel, at first, like God had laid him aside? Did Paul wonder why God allowed him to be in prison?

Paul struggled with this interference in his ministry. Eventually, Paul saw that God was still using him to influence the guards and embolden other Christ-followers. It was during this time in prison that Paul wrote today’s Key Verse. Paul’s bottom line: to live is to live for Christ and to die is to be with the Lord!

All this did not make sense to Paul at the time. Paul soon found out that even though he was “laid aside” from what he had been doing God opened a new and different kind of ministry to him.

John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” brings us to this same point of surrendering our lives. If God says it is time for Him to lay us aside, then we believe He is right.

Laid aside might mean that we give up our usual routines or ministries. Laid aside might mean that it is our time to pass from this life to the next.

God wants all His children to come to the point where they can say: for me, to live is to live for Christ, and to die is gain! The only reason we cling to this life is because we cannot see how awesome the next life will be for us Christ-followers.

I have often said that it only takes a couple of seconds into eternity for us to question why we were not more diligent in pursuing all Jesus prepared for us. I do not mean that we should all walk around with a death wish, but we should have a deep joy for what is to come once we pass from this life to the next. As the old church hymn reminds us, “What a day, glorious day that will be”.

Are you ready to pray “let me be employed for you or laid aside for you”?

Father, for me to live is to live for You, to die is gain. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.