As assembly believers, the breaking of bread is a meeting that is very special to all of us. It is a beautiful time of worship where we come before our Savior and lift up words of worship to him. However, those words of worship do not always come so easily. It is our prayer that the Lord give us the words to worship him with, but sometimes we struggle to find the words to express our adoration for our Savior.
All of us, especially young believers, have experienced this. It could be that we are nervous or maybe our minds are distracted by other thoughts, but there are times where we want to worship audibly but we are not exactly sure of what to say. It is important for believers to express their love for their Savior, so here are several things to keep in mind when preparing to offer words of praise.
1. Express your love for Christ
I remember when I was a young believer and first began sharing at the breaking of bread. There were many times when I struggled to find the words I wanted to say. Sometimes I would have a passage in my mind, but I wasn’t sure what to say about it. I would lean over to my father, and ask him what I should say. One of these times he told me to read the passage and simply say, “Lord Jesus, this morning we want to tell you we love you.” The exact words I use during worship may vary, but the message has stayed the same. I simply strive to let the Lord know how much I love him for the salvation that he provided for me.
The word worship basically means to acknowledge worth. The Lord is truly worthy of our praise. Acknowledge that worth when you share! Praise Him for his wonderful gift. What you say at the breaking of bread does not need to be profound or deep. It simply needs to convey the adoration you have for your Savior and the gratefulness you have in your heart. There are some brothers who are able to beautifully articulate their thoughts on a passage. It is always a blessing to hear them do so, but do not be intimidated or think you must somehow match them.
Simply share your thoughts in your own words. The other believers do not expect nor do they desire you to be articulate and profound. The beautiful thing about the Lord’s supper is hearing worship come from different types of individuals who are all focused on the one thing all believers have in common: our salvation in Jesus Christ.
2. Keep the focus on Christ
When sharing at the breaking of bread, it is important to keep the focus of the meeting in mind. The focus of the meeting is Jesus Christ and his redemptive work. The breaking of bread is not a time for teaching. It is a meeting of worship and Christ and his salvation is the focus of the meeting. Some individuals use the breaking of bread as an opportunity to teach about a subject that is on their hearts. A worship meeting is not the place for this. During the meeting keep your
thoughts focused on passages that talk about what Christ accomplished when he went to the cross.
It is also not a time to talk about ourselves and what the Lord is doing in our lives. Although there are certain worship meetings where this is appropriate, the breaking of bread is not one of them. Again, the breaking of bread is focused on the salvation God has provided for us, and what Christ went through to provide us with such a glorious salvation. It is a time dedicated to focus specifically on the work Christ did for us on the cross.
3. Prepare for worship
Sometimes we come to the breaking of bread with the distractions of the past week still weighing heavily on our heart, and we are not prepared to worship. We have not taken the time to think about the reason we are coming to the meeting until we walk in the door. I think it is very important for believers to come to the meeting with hearts that are prepared for worship. My father always encouraged me to spend Saturday evenings studying Scripture and reflecting on my Savior.
He even encouraged me to avoid reading the paper on Sunday mornings before coming to church so as not to let any distractions from the world enter my mind. I do my best to do this before coming to the breaking of bread, because finding the words to worship my Savior is much easier when I am prepared to worship and arrive thinking about him. I firmly believe that the spirit moves men to share during worship and leads them to certain Scriptures, however, I do not think that that is an excuse to “wing it” during worship. It is amazing to see how the Holy Spirit moves men to reflect on similar passages even before they arrive for the Lord’s supper. I encourage every brother and sister to come to the the worship meeting with hearts that are ready to give our Savior all the glory and honor that he is worthy of.