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