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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Can you give God permission to invade all corners of your life and take control?

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

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.

Picking up from yesterday’s devotional, let’s continue to study why we want to turn control of our lives over to God.

Jesus reminded those listening to Him when He gave his famous Sermon on the Mount that there is no need to worry because God takes care of what we need (Matthew 6:25-34). Jesus reminded them that the birds do not sow or reap nor save up anything, yet the Father feeds them. Then Jesus asked His listeners:

“Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

Jesus went on to promise that when one seeks His Kingdom first and His righteousness, God will give everything one needs (Matthew 6:33).

Do you believe that God has chosen to take care of you? Do you believe that He loves you and wants to work all things that happen to you out for your good (Romans 8:28)? Do you believe Philippians 4:19?:

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

If you believe these things about God, then you are ready to give over to Him total control of your life! You can say the first line of John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer:

I’m no longer my own, I am yours.

Let me give you my testimony about this part of the covenant. There have been a lot of things that God either caused or allowed to happen to me that at the time I did not understand, and did not like. However, I found out later that many of these were the best thing that could have happened to me.

The ones that I still have not figured out; I simply trust that God loves me. I would not have chosen for them to happen, but they did me a lot of good.

These circumstances have caused me to want God to have control of my life. I am convinced, by the past ways that God has worked things out, that I do not want to be in control of my own life… I want and need God to take total control of my life.

I wish I could tell you that I no longer struggle to give God control in every area of my life, but I am still learning and growing in my obedience to Him. I daily tell God that I want Him to have full control, but I also tell Him that I need His strength and help to stay true to the covenant I have made with Him.

What is your testimony? Can you see the hand of God in your life’s circumstances? Can you give God permission to invade all corners of your life and take control?

If you can and do give God permission to control your life, your life will turn out the way God wants it to. And that will be good for you!

Father, I release control of my life to You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.