Sunday, January 25, 2009

Soul Preparation for partaking of the emblems of the Savior's death

Many churches observe the Lord's Supper the first of every month. The churches I have pastored up to this point has done this. Presently our family is worshipping at a delightful church that observes the sacrament every week.  It has lost nome if it's significance in my heart observing it more often - on the contrary my sensitivity to it has heightened over these months.
Below is a prayer from a book of puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision. Another blog prompted me to this prayer today that I have read many times.  This small book of prayers has meant so much to me over the years. It provides me the words that my vocabulary has a hard time coming up with but words that resonate deep in my soul. This prayer below especially is useful for preparation for the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

Someone that has appreciated this book too has typed all the prayer out and they are available online at this site and a few others. If you would are more auditory that visional and would like to use them as a part of you daily devotion, Max McLean has recorded the prayers on at CD that you can purchase from the Banner of Truth site.
So be more prepared for the Lord's Supper than the Super Bowl!

God of all good,
I bless thee for the means of grace;
teach me to see in them thy loving purposes
and the joy and strength of my soul.
Thou hast prepared for me a feast;
and though I am unworthy to sit down as guest,
I wholly rest on the merits of Jesus,
and hide myself beneath his righteousness;
When I hear his tender invitation
and see his wondrous grace,
I cannot hesitate, but must come to thee in love.
By thy spirit enliven my faith rightly to discern
and spiritually to apprehend the Saviour.
While I gaze upon the emblems of my Saviour’s death,
may I 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.’
Oh may I 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 I do for myself, gladly, in faith,
reverence and love, receive my Lord,
to be my life, strength, nourishment, joy, delight.
In the supper I remember his eternal love,
boundless grace, infinite compassion,
agony, cross, redemption,
and receive assurance of pardon, adoption, life, glory.
As the outward elements nourish my body,
so may thy indwelling Spirit invigorate my soul,
until that day when I hunger and thirst no more,
and sit with Jesus at his heavenly feast.

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