Eighteenth century England faced a number of significant challenges: rapid industrialization, an increasingly polarized society, growing economic inequities, and a church that seemed to many to be stale, lifeless, and and uninterested in engaging these pressing issues. This was the context in which John Wesley, along with his brother Charles, began their ministry, sparking a movement that would eventually impact almost every Christian church in the west.
John Wesley died on March 2, 1791, fifty-three years after the famous Aldersgate experience that shaped his approach to Christian life and ministry. In honor of his amazing life and impact, today’s prayer comes from him.
Seeing there is in Christ Jesus an infinite fullness
of all that we can want or wish,
O that we may all receive of his fullness,
grace upon grace;
grace to pardon our sins, and subdue our iniquities;
to justify our persons and to sanctify our souls;
and to complete that holy change,
that renewal of our hearts,
whereby we may be transformed
into that blessed image wherein you created us.
O make us all worthy to be partakers
of the inheritance of your saints in light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.