Prayer For Bread
Holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God, graciously deign to bless this bread with Thy spiritual benediction that all who eat it may have health of body and soul and that they may be protected against all sickness and against all the snares of their enemies. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, the living bread that came down from heaven and giveth life and salvation to the world; who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.
We dwell in your house,
Drink in your presence
And find peace and rest in your arms.
We believe in your name,
Ask for your healing
And believe and trust in your love.
We thank you for your sacrifice,
Receive all you have for us
And pray and ask for restoration.
We need your touch.
We wait on you.
You are our Saviour, our friend, and our hope.
We praise You for this heavenly banquet that You have so freely given us. Thank you that we carry in our hearts the riches of this eternal goodness. May we pour it out wherever we go, lighting up the darkness with truth, speaking out hope where there is despair, and weaving Your unconditional love into all we do. Send us now in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. May we live to be all that You have destined us to be.
In the name of Jesus we pray.
Today we gather together as brothers and sisters in Christ to remember the extraordinary sacrifice You made in sending Jesus, Your beloved Son to be with us. We thank You for His legacy in words, actions and obedience to suffering on the cross.
Lord, we come to You now to ask for forgiveness for any thoughts, words or deeds that have not honoured Your name. We are also truly sorry for the times we have chosen to live selfishly rather than heed Your calling. We invite you to inhabit our hearts now as we take communion. As we share this meal, come bind us together as one family, filled with Your love.
Thank You Lord for Your grace that is at work in our lives.
Lord, as we drink this wine,
We remember that you are the giver of life.
You are forgiveness, You bring deep peace to our souls and Your love flows within us.
As we pour out this wine, we see Your sacrifice poured out for us.
We notice the depth of Your goodness, and the pain You suffered for us.
We dwell upon the intricacy of human life, and the price You paid to set humanity free.
Yet just as the tombstone rolled away to unleash the Risen Lord, Your light shines in our hearts now, extinguishing all darkness to release Heavens blessings upon us.
Thank you, Lord.
Lord, as we take this bread,
We remember that You are the bread of life.
You feed our souls, you nourish our hearts and You give us sustenance to run the race before us.
As we break the bread, we feel the softness of Your love for us.
We smell the fragrance of the grace You release afresh each day.
We thank you with all our hearts for the great price You paid when You were crucified on the cross for us.
Yet just as the yeast has caused this bread to rise, You rose again, triumphant over death as Lord of Lords and King of Kings forever, and our beloved Saviour.
Thank you, Lord.
Lord Jesus, I bow before you in humility and ask You to examine my heart today. Show me anything that is not pleasing to You. Reveal any secret pride, any unconfessed sin, any rebellion or unforgiveness that may be hindering my relationship with You. I know that I am Your beloved child, having received You into my heart and life and having accepted Your death as penalty for my sinfulness. The price You paid covered me for all time, and my desire is to live for You.
As I take the bread representing Your life that was broken for me, I remember and celebrate Your faithfulness to me and to all who will receive You. I can't begin to fathom the agonizing suffering of Your crucifixion. Yet You took that pain for me. You died for me! Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for Your extravagant love and unmerited favor. Thank You that Your death gave me lifeabundant life now, and eternal life forever. As You instructed Your disciples, I, too, receive this bread in remembrance of You.
And in the same way, as I take this cup representing Your blood poured out from a splintered cross, I realize that You were the supreme sacrifice for all my sin: past, present, and future. Because of Your blood shed for me, and Your body broken for me, I can be free from the power and penalty of sin. Thank You for Your victory over death. You took the death that I deserved. You took my punishment. Your pain was indeed my gain. And today I remember and celebrate the precious gift of life You gave me through the blood that You spilled.
But while my relationship is secure with you, I know sin can break our fellowship at times. I'm still human, and I often forget who I am and Whose I am. You want to convict and correct me, not shame me. You love me like a perfect parent. You'll never disown me or leave me. You love me no matter what. But sin hurts both my heart and Yours. So before I take communion today, I'm asking You to truly search my heart and reveal hidden things for which to ask Your forgiveness.
Each time I take communion, Lord, I want to recommit my life, my heart, my thoughts, my everything to You. Fill me today with Your powerful Spirit. As I leave this place, help me to hold this fresh remembrance and the story that never grows old close to my heart. Help me to share its message faithfully as You give opportunity.
In Your Precious name,
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.