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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Trust God whether you feel His presence or not; walk by faith!

A Covenant Prayer
“Let Me Be Full, Let Me Be Empty” – Part II

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:2
We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.

If you have been praying John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer”, then as a result you no doubt face challenges in your faith.

How can anyone pray “put me to suffering” without the challenge to believe in God’s wisdom and love? How can anyone pray “let me be laid aside” without the challenge to trust in God’s care for our lives?

It is a challenge to pray “let me be empty if it is Your will”. None of us believers want to feel empty and far from God. It is so much easier to walk with God when we feel full and energized by the Holy Spirit.

God never truly leaves us nor forsakes us, but He does allow at times us to feel that He is absent from our lives. It is during these dry periods that we walk by faith and keep trusting that God still loves us and is with us:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
(Proverbs 3:5-7 NLT)

Let’s not depend on our understanding, including the good feelings we get when we think we understand something. We must not depend on those feelings. We must not be impressed by our wisdom, thinking we can figure everything out. We must fully respect the Lord’s wisdom, and trust that when He tells us something is sinful, it is sinful.

The phrase, “let me be full or let me be empty” is a statement of faith in God’s wisdom. It is telling God that we trust Him, whether we feel His presence or cannot feel a thing. It is telling God that whether we want to jump up and down with joy or want to sit down and cry, we will continue to walk with Him.

The Covenant Prayer tells God that we want to commit ourselves to Him, not to our selfish desires. We want to be part of His Kingdom, not the kingdom of this world. We relinquish our rights to Him, knowing He is always right in what He allows to come our way. As the Apostle Paul wrote:

…you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

We can only learn this by walking in faith, and seeing God prove it over and over!

Father, I surrender to You. Fill me with feelings of joy or empty me of all feelings, I trust You. Grant me the strength to walk through the dry seasons without sinning against You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.