Having celebrated a covenant renewal service yesterday, today I’ve been pointed to John Wesley’s 1780 original. I can’t help sharing this extract from the prayer…
“And whereas I have formerly, inordinately and idolatrously let out my Affections upon the World, I do here resign my Heart to Thee that madest it; humbly protesting before thy glorious Majesty, that it is the firm resolution of my heart, and that I do unfeignedly desire grace from thee, that when thou shalt call me hereunto, I may practise this my Resolution:
- to forsake all that is dear unto me in this World, rather than turn from Thee to the ways of Sin;
- and that I will watch against all its Temptations, whether of prosperity or adversity, lest they should withdraw my heart from thee;
- beseeching thee also to help me against the temptations of Satan, to whose wicked suggestions I resolve, by the grace, never to yield.
And because my own Righteousness is but menstruous rags, I renounce all confidence therein, and acknowledge that I am of myself a hopeless, helpless, undone creature, without righteousness or strength.”