THE “BREAKING OF BREAD” AND PRAYER;
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come (1 Corinthians 11:24-26).
The Holy Communion is an important sacrament in the Church; no wonder Jesus emphatically said, “…this do in remembrance of me….” In the early church, they did exactly what Jesus said. The disciples “…continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
Notice that the disciples of the Lord Jesus continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine; they listened to, received, accepted, and walked in the light of the Word that they were taught by the Apostles. In addition, they came together frequently for fellow ship, and partake of the Holy Communion. In our ministry, we have our Global Communion Service every first Sunday of the month, and this glorious service is streamed simultaneously across the globe—coast-to- coast. We also fast and pray globally on that day.
Thus, like the disciples in the early church, we come together regularly, for fellowship, in breaking of bread, and in prayer. You have to understand the significance of the breaking of bread; it’s the commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ on your behalf! It’s the celebration of the life of glory His vicarious death has brought us into. His body was broken for your wholeness, sanctification, and perfection. Moreover, the Cup signifies the New Testament in His blood. Jesus shed His blood for the remission of our sins, so that sin shouldn’t have dominion over us. We’re now the offsprings and heirs of that New Testament that was signed in His blood. What glorious news!