Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
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 now made on earth.
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
I find as I repeat this prayer, a couple of lines stand out to me. "Rank me with whom you will," "laid aside for you," and "let me have nothing." These lines are tough to pray--God might think I'm serious. (Just kidding. Tell me you haven't had the same thoughts.) I am also curious that doing is paired as a counterpoint to suffering.
As I think about my ministry over the years, I find that my suffering is often associated with doing. Either not doing something someone thinks I should, or doing something someone thinks I shouldn't. At times it feels like a no win situation. Being able to stay grounded in God helps keep me from being tossed about like a ship in a storm. The Covenant prayer helps me to remember that it isn't about me, it is about God. So be it.