In the Old Covenant, God chose Israel to be his people and to obey his laws. Our Lord Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection, has given us a New Covenant to all who trust in him. On the one side, God promises to give new life in Christ. On the other, we are pledged to live no more for ourselves but for him. In this pray we renew our part in this Covenant.
We are no longer our own, but yours.
Put us to what you will, rank us with whom you will;
put us to doing, put us to suffering;
let us be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you;
let us be full, let us be empty;
let us have all things, let us have nothing;
we freely and wholeheartedly yeild all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are ours and we are yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which we have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.