This morning I felt inspired to paint a key, or keys. I intended to paint during the service at the church I attend, but that didn’t go to plan.

I now intend to paint later.

I was interested in my vision of keys, and searched for the verses in the Bible that speak about keys.

I stumbled across this one, and it spoke to me powerfully.  Matthew 16:19 says, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

That’s actually rather pertinent,  because we’re preparing to pray, part of, or all of, the Covenant Prayer (see below). Part of that prayer says, ‘And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.’

So, although I’m not quite sure how to or why I need to paint keys – I will, as an act of obedience and as a reminder that I have prayed and will continue to pray the Covenant Prayer and as a sign that I have surrendered my life to God, and will grow in that choice and commitment, by God’s grace.

© Hannah Kirk 2019

Covenant Prayer  – John Wesley:

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. 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. (as used in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936).


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