The First 15

Wednesday September 16, 2020

by First Methodist Mansfield

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

“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.”
Matthew 11:28-30


I love these verses. They always make me let out a big sigh. It’s as if just thinking about “rest for my soul” brings me peace. But notice that Jesus doesn’t tell us to just hand our burdens over. No, he says, “Come, take my yoke, learn from me, and you will find rest.” Jesus’ yoke is the yoke of discipleship. There is still a burden, but it is lighter because Jesus shares it with you.

We don’t have to suffer through pandemics, difficulty, grief, or hardship alone. We can hitch our souls to Jesus, and lighten our load. And not only will we share the weight of our burdens, we will also learn from Jesus. He’ll be whispering in our ears along the way, “You can do this, I am with you, always.”

In what way can you join Jesus? How can you take on his yoke?

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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