Among folks of the Methodist heritage like myself, we are very interested in the thoughts and actions of one 18th century Anglican clergy man named John Wesley. Mr. Wesley was very devout in his faith practices and this shows in his covenant prayer, which he offered every year at midnight on New Year's Eve,
“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 for 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.”
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we'd do well to pray with Wesley and be reminded that we're not free to follow the dictates of our own sinful nature; we're free to surrender our wills to the will of God and to submit ourselves to the authority of Jesus Christ. Will you join me in beginning this new year in prayer for a new heart and spirit to be each of us in the days to come?