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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Once you trust the love of God, making a covenant becomes your next step with the Lord

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

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.”

Many of you have heard of John Wesley, but for those who have not, let me give a quick introduction.

John Wesley lived in the 1700s and was a great theologian and evangelist. He started a revival movement within the Church of England. His spiritual disciplines were so well known to his friends that they started calling him a “methodist” (one who followed strict discipline and routine in their walk with the Lord).

Wesley’s understanding of the scriptures brought him to the conclusion that God not only saved people from their sins but transformed them into new or “holy” people. His critics said that God only covered our sins by the blood of Jesus but did not give believers a new character and thus did not make them holy.

The Church of the Nazarene, the church my parents raised me in and the church in which I have pastored, follows John Wesley’s basic theology. The Church of the Nazarene is part of the “Holiness Movement”.

With that basic introduction, we are going to study John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” which dates to the late 1700s. This prayer has been published many times over the years since John Wesley’s death.

This prayer is a powerful covenant that a believer forms with God.

I have returned to this prayer many times over the years, reaffirming to God my deepest desire to have this covenant with Him. It is not a hard prayer to read or even memorize but it is a challenging prayer to live out in our daily lives. Yet, with God’s help, it is a prayer that can transform how we live in Christ.

A covenant is an agreement between two individuals that is binding: a seal or contract between two or more parties.

As John Wesley walked out his faith, he came to a point where he wanted to make a binding covenant with God. This covenant was not about his salvation but rather the perspective he wanted to have while walking with God.

God brings all His children (those who believe in Jesus) to this point of commitment or covenant with Him. Though God invites everyone to this intimate relationship, some do not want to enter into it.

Once we trust the love of God for us, making this covenant becomes our next step with the Lord.

Father, grant me strength and courage to go to a deeper level of relationship with You. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.