Lent Practices: Learning to Detach
Adele Calhoun rightly claims, "There was nothing Jesus was more attached to than his Father. God came before his mission, his disciples or his family. Because God was the center of Jesus' life, worldly values came second."
How do we get to this same conviction? Over the weeks of Lent, you're encouraged to take stock of your own attachments in life and grow in detaching from all else but Christ. We suggest you start by offering this prayer daily. As you pray, pause between each phrase to let it sink in.
I am no longer my own, but yours.Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;put me to doing, put me to suffering;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 thingsto 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.And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.Amen.(Modern version of the Wesley Covenant Prayer, original in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936)