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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Let God mold your ambitions and goals into the plan that He has for your life

A Covenant Prayer
“Exalted for You or Brought Low for You” – Part I

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-11

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

The next part of John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” is about our attitude toward the ambition that we have in this life:

exalted for you or brought low for you.

Ambition is not a sinful thing as long as we keep it surrendered to the Lord. Ambition and goals are two sides of the same coin, and we can have both as Christ-followers. However, we want God to mold our ambitions and goals to be consistent with the plan that He has for our lives.

When we think of an “ambitious” person, we normally think of a person who wants to advance himself in the line of work that he does. The definition of the word “ambitious” is someone “having a strong desire and determination to succeed”.

As Christ-followers we want to make sure to pursue success for something pleasing to God. For example, if a person has a strong desire to get rich, this ambition goes contrary to God’s Word for His children:

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

On the other hand, if you are determined to do your job like you are working for the Lord, it might bring you success and wealth:

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23)

In this case, if wealth does come to you, it is not the primary goal of your life.

God does “lift people up” in the eyes of the world, as they walk humbly before Him. God exalts some people to be a strong witness of the goodness of God.

However, our Covenant with God must always be, “Let me be exalted for you or brought low for you”! Being able to make this covenant with God comes down to our trust in His love and wisdom for our lives. The Bible wants us to believe that God’s work in us is always for our good in this world or our eternal life in Him. God would never do anything that would hinder our walk with Him or keep us from our eternal life in Him.

If we feel humbled by Him, we can thank Him because we know He is looking out for our good. If He exalts us, we must stay humble and not allow pride to take over our lives.

Let God be the deciding factor in what your life looks like to other people!

Father, exalt me or bring me low. I am not my own, I am Yours. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.