Wed., Jan. 1, 2019
Jeremiah 29:11: I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.
As we begin a new year, it’s a time to pause. Reflect. Ponder. Think.
And the best way to begin a New Year?
John Wesley began a movement over 200 years ago. Eventually, it became known as the Methodist movement, which are the roots of the United Methodist Church. Wesley believed in the covenant of prayer: the connection between God and a person. The opportunity to humans to connect with God in a deep and personal way.
Exactly what I believe as well.
He used a prayer at the end of the year to inspire him for the upcoming year. Today, I encourage us to pray this prayer at the beginning of a new year as an opportunity to begin things in a spiritually connected way. Please, let’s pray Wesley’s Covenant Prayer together:
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 for 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, I glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Thou art min and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
Maybe not a bad prayer to use at the beginning of EVERY day in 2020?
For the opportunity to covenant with God today, I am grateful.
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