Prayer For Holy Communion Bread
Loving Lord Jesus, I come before You now and confess that You alone are the living God, You alone are worthy of all honour and praise, for You set aside Your heavenly glory and came into this world as a man, to redeem lost sinners from the curse of the law, and I praise You that I am included in Your gracious forgiveness.
Thank You, that You willingly offered up Your body to be the sacrifice for my sin. Thank You, that Your body was broken for me, and that Your precious blood was shed to pay the full price for all my many sins, and not for me only but all who would trust in Your name.
Lord, I kneel before You in humble submission, as I partake of the bread and wine, and I do this in remembrance of You.
Thank You, Father, for this precious time of reverent reflection on all that Christ did for us at Calvary. And as we partake of these hallowed symbols at this holy communion table, we humbly take this bread and bless it and break it, and eat it in remembrance of you, for Your own dear body was broken for us. May we continue to feed on You in our hearts, by faith and with grateful thanks from this day forward, and may we walk worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus and live a life that is honouring to You.
And Lord, may we also come to You today in grateful remembrance of what the Lord Jesus Christ achieved on Calvary's cross for all or us, when He shed His precious blood on the cross, to pay the enormous price of our sin, and became a ransom for many.
We share this cup of blessing in His name, remembering how He Himself took the cup in the upper room, as the hour of His crucifixion drew near and said, "this is My blood which is shed for many do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
Thank that for this holy sacrament and may I never approach the communion table in an unworthy manner, knowing that as often we eat this bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the Lord's death until His coming again, in great glory and majesty. Praise Your holy name.
Precious God, You sent Your Son so that He could offer life to those who were bound by the law of man. Your Son took the bread and gave thanks, then He broke it and gave it to the disciples, saying, This is My body which is given for You; do this in remembrance of Me. Lord, I choose to take this bread in remembrance of Your love for me and I thank You for sacrificing Yourself so that I could be set free. Amen.
Lord, we pray that You would still our minds and quiet our hearts as we approach this communion table today. We ask that You would draw each one of us into ever closer fellowship with Yourself, as we partake together of the bread and wine, in grateful remembrance of what You did for each one of us, on Calvary's cross.
Help me Lord, to approach this communion table with reverence and godly fear, as we share together in the bread and the cup. Lord, we remember how on the same night that You were betrayed You took a piece of bread, and blessed it and broke it, and gave it to Your disciples and said. eat this in remembrance of Me.
We also remember how You then took the cup and told them. this is the new covenant in My blood, do this in remembrance of Me. Lord, we partake of this bread and drink this cup in remembrance of what You did on our behalf, on Calvary's cross, and praise and glorify Your holy name.
What a joy and a privilege it is to fellowship with You my Lord, and to commune with You. No matter where I am or who I am with, I know that You are with me, indwelling me, and I rejoice for my spirit that can share precious communion with You as I rest in Your arms of love.
Whether I am in a rushing noisy crowd or sitting in solitary stillness, communion with You my Lord is sweet and beautiful. Whatever ails me or delights me becomes Your concern, for You chose me before the foundation of the world and scheduled each day of my life before I was even born. How great You are, my Lord and God.
Who am I that You should condescend to spend time in sweet fellowship with me? My heart is humbled at the wonder that my God and King should care for me and desire intimate companionship with me. I was one who was once at enmity with You and dead in my trespasses and sins. But You sought me out, saved me, redeemed me and clothed me with Your own righteousness, and I will praise and wonder at Your saving grace through the eternity of eternities. You alone are worthy of honour and glory and praise and worship.
Lord Jesus, what a privilege to be able to come before Your throne of grace and partake of the precious sacraments of bread and wine, in remembrance of Your atoning sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.
Thank You for dying for me on the cross and paying the enormous price for my sins, so that I may be forgiven of all my faults and receive Your indwelling life.
May I never forget the enormous price that was paid on my behalf. May I never forget that I have been bought with a price, the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. May I live for Him from this day on, knowing that Your body was broken and Your blood was spilt for me,
Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name,
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, our Mother and Father,
bread baker and wine maker,
we give you thanks and praise.
You worked the world into being,
instilled all creation with life,
and shaped us as your people.
In Jesus Christ,
the bread of life and the true vine,
you feed us with the Word,
and nourish us from the stalk.
(The pastor may hold hands, palm down, over bread and cup.)
O present Spirit,
help us recognize the risen Christ
in the breaking of the bread.
Feed the world with this bread.
Bring it joy with this wine.
Give it leaven and salt in us,
a community of faith
strengthened by your meal.
We pray in the name of Jesus.