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A Prayer for the Lord's Supper

Zach Putthoff Written by 
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:43

A few weeks ago, we prayed this prayer together as a church family as we prepared to remember the death of Jesus our Savior by eating bread and drinking juice in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.

It is a prayer from a book of Puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision. That little book has enriched my prayer life more than any other book (next to the Bible, of course). If you don’t have it, I would fully recommend getting it.

Below is the prayer, which I modified a bit for gathered church setting. I would encourage you to pray through this prayer next time you prepare to remember the death of your Savior in the Lord’s Supper.

God of All Good,
We praise you for this reminder of the finished work of Christ.
Teach us to see in it Your loving purposes and the joy and strength of our souls.
You have prepared for us a feast; and though we are unworthy to sit down as Your guests, we wholly rest on the merits of Jesus, and hide ourselves beneath his righteousness.
When we hear His tender invitation here, and see His wonderous grace, we cannot hesitate but must come to You in love.
By Your Spirit enliven our faith rightly to discern and spiritually to apprehend the Savior.
While we gaze upon the emblems of our Savior’s death, may we ponder why He died, and hear Him say,

"I gave my life to purchase yours,
presented myself an offering to expiate your sin,
shed my blood to blot out your guilt,
opened my side to make you clean,
endured your curses to set you free,
bore your condemnation to satisfy divine justice."

O may we rightly grasp the breadth and length of this design, draw near, obey extend the hand, take the bread, receive the cup, eat and drink, testify before all men that we do for ourselves, gladly, in faith, reverence and love, receive our Lord, to be our life, strength, nourishment, joy, and delight.

In the supper we remember His eternal love, boundless grace, infinite compassion, agony, cross, redemption, and receive assurance of pardon, adoption, life, and glory.

As the outward elements nourish our bodies, so may Your indwelling Spirit invigorate our souls, until that day when we hunger and thirst no more, and sit with Jesus at his heavenly feast. (From The Valley of Vision, pp. 360-361)

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