Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

John Wesley, along with his brother Charles founded the Methodist Movement in England in the 18th century. Wesley preached open-air sermons and followed up by encouraging his converts to join small groups for prayer, study and moral accountability. Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” was a key element in his own spiritual discipline and in Methodist discipleship.  

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put met to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you or laid aside by you,
enabled for you or brought low by you.
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 your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

Can I pray this, and mean it?



  • Diane

    I heard this prayer about 20 years ago, and have held it dear ever since. To me, it’s the ultimate prayer of submission. It reminds me to be willing to be whatever God wants me to be in order to do His will and His work. When I find that I can’t pray this prayer whole-heartedly, I know it’s because I’m giving in to my flesh; that’s when I have to ask God to help me once again pray it with my whole heart.

  • David

    I love this timeless covenant prayer to God. We can serve Him in all circumstances.
    Just letting you know that line two has a typo:
    It reads: Put met to what you will
    Should read: Put me to what you will
    -db-

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MICHAEL LUSK

    A COVENANT WITH THE LORD IS JUST THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU DONT WANT TO BREAK. HE WOULDN’T BREAK IT

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