Covenant Prayer

I grew up in Ireland, and spent many years in England, and in both countries the Methodist Church at the beginning of each year reflects on the covenant made between God and man. Central to it is the Covenant Prayer, the words of which are below. To me it is one of the most difficult prayers to say, because in doing so you put yourself entirely under God's will, every aspect of who you are. I come back to it time and time again. Not my will be done Lord, but yours.

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.

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