The First 15

Monday September 7, 2020

by David Alexander

Opening Prayer

Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer.

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 by 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.

The Wesley Covenant Prayer was written by Rev. John Wesley, the 18th century Anglican priest who was the founder of the Methodist Movement.

Scripture Reading

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything that you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23


Today, focus on the words, “above all else.” We are thinking about what is primary in our life. What is of chief importance to you? What is at the forefront of your mind as you begin this day? What is your paramount concern? The awareness that most of us would not answer by saying, “God’s grace at work in my life,” should not come as a surprise. These are uniquely challenging times.

At the same time, we must never forget that God provides us an avenue to address our need. In prayer, we make an exchange. We confess our need in order to access his strength. Take time today to tell God your answers to these questions. Do so knowing that God is not in any rush this morning. His heart is open to listen. What do you want to share with God today?

Closing Prayer

When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ my Lord. AMEN.

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