Communion is a special time to both recognize the sacrifice that Jesus made all those years ago and also to participate in the gospel message.
Why do Christian pray after communion? Christians pray after communion as a continuation of their time with God, remembering the cost of their salvation while also praying that God would help them to be true to the sacrifice He made. It is a time to be grateful and to walk in forgiveness.
It’s not always easy to come up with all the things that you may want to say after you’ve taken communion. That’s why I’ve created this list of prayers you can say after communion so that you can stay focused on God. Not what to say next.
1. Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lord, I come before you today with thanksgiving. Having taken the bread and the cup my heart overflows with gratefulness for your love and sacrifice. Your desire to have a relationship with us was so great that you made a way for us to be with you.
Thank you for your love for us which surpasses all understanding. Thank you for enduring the pain and humiliation of the cross in our place and declaring us righteous before the Father.
We don’t deserve your grace but you have extended it to us freely.
Thank you Lord, Amen.
2. Prayer of Repentance
Lord, I come before you today in humility. You are a good God. Full of justice, love, mercy and truth. You have been long working in the world to bring restoration to sinners and relationship with the lost.
You paid the price for this opportunity with the blood of your Son.
I repent of my sin which you paid for and recognize that I am alive in Christ. It is because of you body that was broken and your blood that was poured out that I have hope.
Help me to walk each day in the grace you have given me and to extend that grace to other people.
I praise you for I am forgiven! Amen.
3. Prayer of Rememberence
Lord, as today I take this bread and this cup I remember your sacrifice. You came humbly to this earth to serve, and to give your life as a ransom for many. Your body was broken, your blood was poured out. You were mocked and beaten and spat upon. You suffered the weight of sin on your shoulders.
This was the culmination of your redemptive plan. The moment when you would die so that you could conquer sin and death. Waiting for the day you would rise in the glory of the resurrection. Thank you Lord for your sacrifice which allowed us to be wholly united with Him.
All honor, and glory is yours. Amen.
4. Prayer Against Apathy
Lord, I give to you my heart. Soften it. Remove any trace of apathy I have for the gospel and for your sacrifice. Help me to feel the weight of what you did for me.
I don’t want to live callously to this good news. This beautiful gift you have given me.
Soften my heart again and fill me with a hunger to know you more. Lord that I would accept the gift you gave me of a new life in Christ and that I wouldn’t belittle the sacrifice that you made to give me that opportunity.
Help me to surrender every part of me into your hands.
I love you Lord, Amen.
5. Prayer for the Nations
Lord, as I take this bread, and this cup, remind me of your heart for the nations. You made this sacrifice so that all could be blessed and brought into your spiritual family.
I would never forget why you did what you did.
Not only that, Lord, but show me how to share that good news both in my community and around the world. That I wouldn’t take for granted the gift of salvation but instead share that gift with everyone around me. Give me the wisdom and discernment to do that.
May the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of you as the waters cover the sea! Amen.
6. Prayer of Rejoicing
Lord, I praise you for goodness and faithfulness. That you would give yourself as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity to restore the relationship of God and man.
As I partake in communion help me to praise you for your atoning work. That even in your suffering you were preparing for victory.
You are mighty, great, holy, powerful, loving, just, truth, and Lord over all creation. Nothing can compare to who you are.
Be exalted in my praise!
You are my God. Amen.
7. Prayer Against Temptation
Lord, as I take the bread and the cup remind me of your sacrifice. Allow me to feel the depth of what you did on that cross, don’t let me walk past with apathy.
Every day I am assaulted by desires of my flesh and temptation abounds. Keep me from it Lord. Give me the strength to walk in your goodness and truth.
Help me to flee from situations that would entice me into sin. Help me to embrace the sanctifying work of your Holy Spirit to continue to renew me day by day.
You have given me the gift of new life, help me to use it in a way that honors you.
Guide me into truth, Lord. Amen.
8. Prayer for Freedom
Lord, I am humbled by your grace for me. That you would allow your body to be broken and your blood to be poured out on behalf of all the people you created. That you would seek relationship with us, even though we have not been faithful to you.
Your sacrifice did more than just forgive, it conquered death and granted us freedom from sin. It has made us alive in Christ.
We can now walk out each day in freedom from that which used to bind us. Help me to take the blinders off and recognize that I am free. Yes, I am free indeed!
You are worthy of all praise, God of freedom. Amen
9. Prayer for Boldness
Lord, you are a strong and powerful God. You reign over everything and created everything. You are perfect in love and truth.
You are worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. We desire to worship you because you are the one true God.
Lord, you are worthy of all things. We don’t just desire to worship you ourselves but that the rest of the world would join in worship to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Grant us the boldness to go out into the ripe harvest and proclaim you kingship over all the earth. We want to serve you.
Give us the boldness, give us the strength. Amen.
10. Prayer of Forgiveness
Lord, as we remember your surpassing worth and the sacrifice that you made, soften our hearts in forgiveness. You have forgiven the worst of sins and unfaithfulness.
We are like Gomer, Hosea’s adulterous wife whom he welcomed back. So also you welcome us back and continue to love us despite our failures.
Lord help me to be like you. Don’t allow me to continue on in unforgiveness but to strive for reconciliation.
Even though things may never “go back to normal,” help me to forgive those who have hurt me and seek your wisdom in how to move on.
Make me more like you, Lord. Amen.
As you go about the next few weeks, I hope that these examples are an encouragement to you whenever you take communion. I hope they help you find the words to say in gratefulness to our God who has overcome sin and death and now sits on the throne of glory.