…I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
A covenant is a promise or provision made between people and throughout the Bible, between God and God’s people. Covenants always have to do with relationships. There are covenant provisions made in business and covenant promises made in our baptism and marriage and church membership vows.
Our church focus for 2021 will be on ‘Relationships’ as part of our Four-Year Ministry Plan of G.R.O.W. (Gratitude-Relationships-Our Story-Worship). In worship this past weekend, we shared in the Wesley Covenant Prayer. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, invited early Methodists in the 1700s to pray this covenant prayer frequently, but especially at the start of the New Year.
The intent of the covenant prayer is for people of faith to renew the covenant which binds us to God through all that is promised in Jesus Christ. We have used the Wesley Covenant Prayer in worship and other settings many times and you may be one that has it memorized. I say this prayer each day and have found that when I really focus on the words, it is a difficult prayer to pray, especially in the midst of all that we experienced in 2020 and that we are continuing to experience as we begin 2021.
Still, it is a beautiful prayer to renew our hearts with God and strengthen our relationship with God, even and perhaps most especially in difficult and uncertain times. I invite you to pray this prayer frequently, even when it’s hard, so that you might be reminded of our loving covenant relationship with God.
John Wesley Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing; put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee; exalted for thee or brought low by thee. 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 thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, thou art mind, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.