Lord God, I am no longer my own,
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will,
Put me to doing,
put me to enduring;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty;
let me have all things,
let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
John Wesley, 1703-1791, English churchman and founder of Methodism
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.
Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin.
Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
One thought on “I freely yield all things”
This prayer is one that could/should be prayed daily as an act of routinely submitting to God every part of ourselves. It is reminiscent of Paul’s descriptor of himself in Phil.3. As believers we often ask God to use us but then have an idea of the best ways we can bless others through service. But if in submission it means to be stuck for 40 years in a desolate place watching sheep like Moses, to be sidelined in ministry for a time without recognition and tapping into the core of our spiritual gifts, then so be it. Let God be God.
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