Thursday September 17, 2020
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.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
One piece of uniquely American conventional wisdom is, “hard work is the key to success”. By and large, whatever political ideology or social beliefs you subscribe to, if you’re American, you likely accept this piece of wisdom as true. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that laziness will not serve you well. However, in our reflection for today, Jesus somewhat confronts that ideal. He reminds us of something that God patterned the whole of Creation after—labor is only as productive as the rest coupled with it. Labor and rest are critical to human flourishing. Jesus invites us to embrace the sweetest rest that only he could provide, because we need rest.
In what areas do you need rest? Have you so committed yourself to work that you are neglecting rest, and if so, how is that affecting the things that are most important?
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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