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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

God invites you to come into covenant with Him and rest in this relationship

A Covenant Prayer
Why Pray a Covenant Prayer? – Part II

Scripture Reading: Revelation 4:1-11

Key Verse: Revelation 4:11
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Yesterday’s devotional referred to John Wesley’s Covenant but did not give you the words of his prayer. Here they are:

I am no longer my own, I am yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours, so be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Why would any person make this kind of covenant with God?

Our Key Verse for today answers that question: God is worthy! God is the only person who is worthy of this kind of loyalty and commitment. God has no flaws, no failures… He is holy in every sense of the word.

Take note of Revelation 4:8 in today’s Scripture Reading that describes God as holy and repeats it three times:

“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”

The Bible is full of descriptions of God but repeats no other three times. The explanation for this repetition is obvious: God is worthy of emphasis!

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He started the prayer with “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed is your Name”. Hallowed means revered and honored. God has no faults, and is perfect in all His judgements. Yet, this Holy God lavishes His love on us (1 John 3:1-6) and gives us grace: His unmerited favor!

This is why we can freely come into covenant with Him… He is trustworthy! May God help us all to come into covenant with Him and rest in this relationship.

Father, I trust You and You are worthy of my loyalty. With your help, I pray this covenant and walk in obedience to it. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.