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Communion Prayer from Scripture Texts

Pentecostals don't rely too much on written down prayers. But that sometimes means that there are certain types of public prayer where people can sometimes get a bit confused or unsure of what to be praying for, because and we don't have many written down models to help us. The Eucharistic Prayer at the Lord's Supper can be like that. In many other types of church, no one would ever dare pray a Eucharistic Prayer that isn't written down, because it's such an important part of the service.
We do, however, like to pray Scriptural prayers. So I put together this Eucharistic Prayer completely composed from Scriptures (which we used at the Breaking of Bread tonight along with, as usual, the Preface and Sanctus, Prayer of Humble Access, and the Lord's Prayer) as an example of an properly Pentecostal written down Eucharistic Prayer. Hopefully it will be of some use to pastors and elders in taking the Table, either as a Eucharistic Prayer to use or as a model of this ve…

Psalm 6: The Honest Prayer

The sixth Psalm might look at bit depressing at first. It starts out with God's rebuke, anger and displeasure. But in that, it's true to life. For "all the world" is "guilty before God" (Rom. 3:19); "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). And so we were all "by nature children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3). Psalm 6:1 isn't just how David felt in that moment. It isn't something we can't relate to. Rather, Psalm 6:1 is an acknowledgment we all must come to when we repent of our sins and turn to God the Saviour. 
And that acknowledgement leads into the most honest of prayers in Psalm 6:2: "Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak." 
This is the true prayer of a Christian. For Christians are those who look only to the Lord for mercy. We see the reality of our own weakness — our own inability to sort ourselves out. We know that we cannot save ourselves. And so we know that what we need, always and above all…