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 very important type of prayer.
(I've also uploaded it as a PDF with all the Scripture references footnoted.)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for You have visited and redeemed Your people,
For when we were enemies, dead in trespasses and sins,
You sent forth Your Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
To redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
In Him our heart shall rejoice, because we have trusted in His holy name,
For He is called Immanuel – God with us,
The Word, who became flesh and dwelt among us,
The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;
For through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself without spot to You, O God;
He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree,
And we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
With the voice of thanksgiving we proclaim Your wondrous works:
That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,
That He was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
That He was wrapped in swaddling cloths, and laid in a manger,
That He was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin,
That He died for our sins, according to the Scriptures,
And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures,
That He ascended far above all the heavens,
That when He had by Himself purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
That He always lives to make intercession for us,
And that He will come again and receive us to Himself; that where He is, there we may be also.
Send forth Your Spirit,
That the bread which we break may be the communion of the body of Christ,
The Bread of Heaven,
And the cup of blessing which we bless may be the communion of the blood of Christ,
The Cup of Salvation.
O Lord, who opens the eyes of the blind,
We pray, Lord, that our eyes may be opened,
And Christ be known to us in the breaking of bread.
And so, now, O Father, be glorified through Jesus Christ,
Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to You,
For to You belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
(To be followed by the Words of Institution)