A New Year Prayer

I first encountered the Covenant Prayer when I was studying at Cliff College, a place steeped in Methodist tradition. This was one of the most provoking parts of the year; in January we gathered in the Chapel and affirmed our faith together, not as a set of creeds or list of beliefs-but as a commitment to follow God and be led by him.

Truly wonderful.

It is a prayer which takes courage and faith and strong stomach to utter. It is not a prayer for the good life or for success, but to do all things and be all things to the glory of God. For those who have faith, this is the very best. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s will save it.

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 for 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, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine.

So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.

(Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936)

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  1. Wow – what an amazing prayer. I think it says it all really. Thanks for posting it.

    PS: I anticipate that some of your other readers might take issue with the words “put me to suffering” (!).

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    • Hi Sally – presume you will be referring to me. Once again – more than happy to support anything that has biblical back up – can’t really find any biblical back up for asking God several of these things – and can’t see how God can grant some of these requests without breaking his own Word and Covenant? Doesn’t that worry any of you out there?

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  2. Could I suggest this as a far more appropriate and totally biblically based and sound declaration for 2012 – this was used at a church a friend of mine attends. This is what the Bible says we are to declare – to trust – to believe – to do – and to tell others about:

    I declare that in 2012……..

    I am blessed and called to be a blessing.

    Because God has blessed me, no curse can touch me. In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of His blood, I decree His covenant of blessing around my life and all that pertains to me in 2012.

    I am blessed going out and coming in; I am blessed in the city and in the field. The heavens are open over me and the rain of God’s abundant goodness falls on my life…no good thing has He withheld from me and I am blessed in everything I put my hands to in 2012.

    In Christ, I am the head and not the tail. I am above not beneath. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. In 2012, I am more than a conqueror through Christ.

    All the earth and its fullness belong to God and all that is His has been given to me in Christ. All my needs in 2012 are met according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    In 2012, I seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things that I need are added to me because my heavenly Father knows what I need even before I ask. I will fear nothing, for it is my Father’s good pleasure to give me the Kingdom.

    In 2012, I will sow money, time and love in greater measure; therefore I will reap the same abundantly. I remember the Lord my God for it is He who gives me the power to make wealth, so that He may confirm His covenant

    I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good deeds which God has already prepared for me to walk in, in 2012.

    I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. In Christ Jesus, I can do all things in 2012 because He strengthens me.

    God has anointed me to go and preach good news to the poor, proclaim freedom to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set free all those who are downtrodden and to proclaim that 2012 is the year of God’s favour.

    Because I love the Lord, He rescues me and protects me from all accident, harm, sickness and disease. He is with me in trouble and delivers me. With long life He satisfies me and shows me His salvation, healing and deliverance. By His stripes I am healed.

    In my work I function with wisdom, understanding and discerning knowledge. The Lord gives me creative ideas to prosper in 2012 and causes me to grow in wisdom, in stature and in favour with God and men.

    As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord in 2012 and because I am a covenant child of God, my household is blessed. The Lord surrounds my family with favour as a shield therefore no weapon formed against us shall prosper.
    Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think in 2012! Amen!

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    • I like this Beverly. For me, though, it is a bit individualistic. However, I see its good intentions and I think I commend it although I personally would not ask a whole church to read it as sometimes we do suffer from disease and poverty, even if somewhere in the Bible it says we won’t. For those who do I feel this would be painful and untrue to declare. Still, thanks for presenting it.

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  3. For me that is the whole point Jonathan – every Christian needs to know who they really are and what the bible really says about them and what God has promised them – rather than judge their life based on their experience and their five senses. There is a bigger reality – there is a spiritual reality – there is faith – God tells us we need to walk by faith not by sight(experience) – we live in a world where satan is the prince and satan is the father of lies so we cannot actually trust in our five senses because they can be controlled by satan. We need to trust only in what God says about us. that’s why this declaration is true for every single Christian – because it’s what the bible says about us – and God says believe what you have prayed and you will have it.

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