One of the highlights from my recent trip to the U.K. was a brief visit to John Wesley’s house with my son Dan and a few others. The house was constructed for him according to his plans and I was fascinated to see that he had built in a specific room for spending time with God.
As we squeezed into the room (pictured), I came across a piece of photocopied paper that was sitting next to a replica of the bible he used. I asked the tour guide whether I might take the paper and she seemed pleased. On it was a simple prayer based on one that Wesley himself drafted, that Methodists around the world are invited to pray and re-commit to every year. I love the prayer, although its a scary one!
Here it is:
The Methodist Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own but 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 for 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 wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Would you be ready to pray this? Its not something to take lightly!