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The Healing Power of the Holy Communion: A 90-Day Devotional
by Joseph Prince
Learn More | Meet Joseph Prince
Come to the Table
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
—1 Corinthians 11:23–26
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Would you agree that apart from the gift of salvation—receiving Jesus as our Lord and being saved from eternal destruction—the greatest blessing we could receive is health? You can have a wonderful family, but if you are flat on your back and cannot enjoy being with them, that would be misery. As for money, you might be able to afford the latest medical treatment or best surgeons, but all the money in the world cannot buy health.
I fully believe that our Lord Jesus, who went about healing all who were bound by sickness and disease, wants you healed, well, and full of life. And I believe He has given me a mission to teach on the health-giving, life-imparting, healing power of the holy Communion. This is not a new revelation or some passing fad. For almost two decades I have been preaching, teaching, and practicing the insights the Lord has given me. Every Sunday, at every one of our church services, including our kids’ services, we partake of the holy Communion together. I am fully convinced of its efficacy, and I personally partake of the Lord’s Supper on a daily basis. I can’t begin to tell you how the freedom to receive the Lord’s Supper has blessed my family and me.
I have preached many messages on the holy Communion, but I preached what I consider to be a milestone message on April 7, 2002, titled “Health and Wholeness Through the Holy Communion.” The truths unveiled that day led to the healing and transformation of umpteen lives around the world and released a flood tide of revelations that continue to reverberate through many lives. My friend, I don’t want you to miss out on that message! So I have prepared a link to the message as my gift to you. You can listen to it by going to JosephPrince.com/eat. I believe this is a word the Lord put in my heart for you many years ago. It was powerful then, but it has never been more relevant than right now.
I pray that your life will be revolutionized as the Lord reveals His truths to you. Whatever sickness or pain you might be dealing with, may your healing begin today.
Today 's Thought
Don’t ever doubt that our Lord Jesus wants you to enjoy His blessing of health. When He walked on earth, He didn’t walk on water or calm storms all the time, but He healed all the time. Every village He stepped into, everywhere He traveled, He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed. He will do the same for you.
Today 's Prayer
Father, thank You for inviting me to come to You for a revelation of the life-imparting, healing power of the holy Communion. Open the eyes of my heart to see Jesus, who went about doing good and healing all who were in need. I believe the more I learn about His love and how I can partake of His finished work through the Communion, the more I will experience Your provision of healing. Amen.
Perfection Is Not Required
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
—2 Corinthians 5:21
When I was a young Christian, I was a victim of a flawed, legalistic teaching based on a misinterpretation of the apostle Paul’s teaching on the holy Communion in 1 Corinthians 11:27–30:
“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.”
I was taught and warned, as perhaps you were, that if there was any sin in my life, including ones I didn’t know about or had forgotten to confess, that sin made me unworthy to partake of the holy Communion. I would bring judgment and sickness on myself, and I might even die before my time! But how could I ever know if I was “worthy” enough? I was not living in sin or anything like that, but I knew that to God, sin is sin, and if anyone fails in even one area, he is counted guilty of all (James 2:10). As a result, I was so fearful of the Communion I did not partake of it for many years. After all, I was no fool. Why would I risk it?
I was robbed of my inheritance because of well-meaning but erroneous preaching that put an invisible fence around what was meant to be a source of health and healing and a blessing for God’s people. A fence was put around it saying, “Don’t come near unless you are worthy.”
Don’t be robbed like I was.
This is what the Word of God says: Jesus’ blood has already been shed for us, and as believers, we are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). We are completely righteous and worthy not because we are perfect, but because He is perfect. He paid the full price for the forgiveness of our sins, which alone makes us worthy. His sacrifice at the cross has fully qualified us to receive His healing and victory over sin and every kind of bondage that is robbing us of health and life.
Today 's Thought
While sin is destructive and we are certainly against sin, we don’t have to be perfect to come to the Lord’s Table. If that were a prerequisite, no one would be able to partake! Thank God that even when we fail, we have “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
Today 's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You that in You I am the righteousness of God. Thank You that because of Your gift of righteousness to me, I stand completely forgiven, with every sin paid for. You have made me worthy to partake of the Communion, and I will come fearlessly and gladly and receive healing, life, and all that You have for me. Amen.
Don 't Be Robbed
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
In yesterday’s reading, I hope you saw clearly that in 1 Corinthians 11 the apostle Paul did not say that those who are unworthy cannot partake of the Communion. Reread those verses closely. Paul was talking about the unworthy manner in which one partakes of the Communion. He was writing to the Corinthian church, whose members were treating the Lord’s Supper with irreverence, eating to satisfy their hunger with no consideration for others, and even getting drunk (1 Cor. 11:20–22 AMP).
It is clear Paul was correcting them for treating the Lord’s Supper like any other meal, rather than partaking of it in a manner that was worthy of what our Lord Jesus had ordained it to be. They were treating the Communion as something ordinary instead of seeing it as holy and set apart.
For us today, to partake of the Communion in an unworthy manner is to treat the elements of the Communion as common, insignificant, and powerless. It is to treat the Communion elements as natural and ordinary, as nothing more than a cracker and some juice, and to fail to recognize the potent, sacred force we get to hold in our hands. It is to disdain the elements and to be like the children of Israel, who got so familiar with the manna God in His grace provided that they saw the bread from heaven as worthless (Num. 21:5). It is to simply go through the motions of eating the bread and taking the cup without valuing the significance and power they contain.
Maybe you have never really understood why Christians partake of the Communion. Maybe it is an empty ritual to you, something you do because your church conducts it occasionally. Maybe you are partaking of the Communion because you heard healing testimonies from others, and you are hoping it might work its “magic” for you too. Or maybe you see it as a sentimental custom or quaint tradition that simply reminds Christians about the roots of their faith.
If any of those maybes describe you, may I tell you that you have been robbed? The good news is, God is reaching out to you through the pages of this book to bring you a clear understanding of what the holy Communion is really about. I pray that as you keep on reading over the course of these ninety days, your eyes will be opened and your body will fully receive the healing power of the holy Communion!
Today 's Thought
The Bible says God’s people are destroyed “for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). Your lack of knowledge about what the holy Communion is really about has been destroying you, and you don’t even know it! It’s time to take back what the enemy has stolen.
Today 's Prayer
Father God, thank You for showing me that the elements of the holy Communion are not common, insignificant, and powerless but powerful to effect the healing You want me to experience. Thank You for Your Word that renews my mind to Your eternal truths about the Communion. I declare that I will not be robbed of its power. Amen.
The Real Fountain of Youth
Now on the first day of the week . . . the disciples came together to break bread.
Let me tell you why I believe the holy Communion is more powerful than any medicine, any medical procedure, any antibiotic, and any chemotherapy used to heal our bodies. Let me tell you why I believe the holy Communion is the proverbial “fountain of youth” mankind has been in search of for generations and why I believe every time we partake of it, we are causing our youth to be renewed like the eagle’s (Ps. 103:5).
The earth has been under a divine judgment ever since Adam sinned. Aging, disease, and death are all part of this divine sentence. The reality is, we live in a fallen world and these effects of the divine sentence are happening to our mortal bodies. But God never intended for His children to suffer any of it. That is why He sent His Son to bear our sins and sicknesses on the cross. That is why He provided the holy Communion as a way to escape the divine judgment that is on this world, to offset its effects. The holy Communion is a supernatural channel for His health and wholeness to flow into our bodies. While the world is getting weaker and sicker, I believe we are getting stronger and healthier each time we partake of the Communion by faith!
The early church clearly understood how powerful the Communion is. That’s why the Bible tells us they broke bread “from house to house” (Acts 2:46). When they met on Sunday, the main reason wasn’t to hear preaching and teaching—“The disciples came together to break bread” (Acts 20:7). Even though the apostle Paul was the guest speaker that weekend, the main reason they gathered was to break bread.
If people today knew the magnitude of the power contained within the Lord’s Supper, they would be like the early church, partaking of the Lord’s Supper as often as they could and receiving as many of His benefits as they could. We have been robbed, people! It’s time to wake up!
Today 's Thought
Let us always partake in a manner worthy of the Lord’s Supper, with a revelation of His finished work. Let us always be conscious that, as we partake of the bread, we are partaking of Jesus’ body that was broken so ours might be whole (1 Cor. 11:24; Isa. 53:5). And as we partake of the cup, let us be conscious we are receiving His blood that was shed for the forgiveness and remission of all our sins (Matt. 26:28; Col. 2:13).
Today 's Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me to be like the early church and understand how powerful the holy Communion is. Whenever I partake, help me to see the bread as Jesus’ body broken for my healing and the cup as His blood shed for the forgiveness of all my sins. I release my faith to receive all its blessings and benefits. Amen.
A Very Present Help
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
If God wants us to be healthy, and Jesus’ body was broken for us, why are there Christians who are sick? I personally know believers who are battling severe illnesses, and I am sure you do too. You or your loved one might even be facing a health challenge right now.
If you are fighting a medical condition, please know that it is okay for you to have doubts and questions. The Lord knows the confusion and pain you feel, and He wants you to know He is with you through it all. I know it can be hard to keep trusting Him when you are going through a fiery trial. But keep trusting Him, my friend. He is, right now, your very present help. Keep fixing your eyes on Him. He is faithful, and He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deut. 31:6).
Daniel 3 records the story of three friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego), who were bound and thrown into a fiery furnace when they refused to bow to and worship the gold image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar. The furnace was so hot that the men who threw them in were killed by the heat. But the king saw the three friends walking in the midst of the fire, and he saw a fourth man with them who was “like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:25). Amazed, the king called them out, and he and all his officials saw that the fire had had no power over them. Not a single hair on them was singed, their clothes were not scorched or damaged, and there was not even the smell of smoke on them. Why? Because the Lord was with them, protecting and delivering them. As a result, the king acknowledged that there was no other god who could deliver like their God, and the three friends were not only released, they were also promoted.
Today 's Thought
Even if you are going through a trial, the Lord will deliver you. Just as He was in the fire with Daniel’s three friends, He is with you. I pray in Jesus’ name you will emerge from this trial so much stronger than before you went in. I declare that this disease shall have no power over you and that the Lord will deliver you so completely you will come out of this without even the smell of smoke on you!
Today 's Prayer
Lord Jesus, there is truly no other god who saves and delivers like You. Thank You for showing me I need not fear even when I am in the blazing furnace, because You are with me and will walk with me in the fire and protect me. I believe that nothing shall by any means hurt me, and that even now, You are delivering me from the physical conditions in my body. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
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