[Since the 1750s, Christians who stand in the Wesleyan tradition have been renewing their baptismal covenant often at the beginning of the new year. While the full service of covenant renewal within the community of faith is the best way to worship in this way, it is also appropriate simply to take a little time and offer up the following covenant prayer]

Holy God,
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.

[I wrote about the Methodist practice of covenant renewal on my old website. Amy Forbus also wrote an informative article on the tradition of Covenant Renewal a few years back in the United Methodist Reporter.]