Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 NIV
Think of a time when you took a stand for something. You did it because you felt strongly for the cause. It was something worthy of your time and energy. Even though you knew there would be opposition, it was worth defending.
Now, think of the importance of defending our faith. Granted, it is at times a struggle. We are threatened by opposition from seen and unseen forces. But it is worthy of the fight because it is for our very souls. It is a battle for righteousness over sin and the promise of eternal life.
Each time we come together for communion, we reaffirm our faith in the presence of God and each other. We may have committed long ago, but we need a reminder of the importance of our faith and the costly price paid by Christ for our redemption. In this renewal, we are strengthened for the battles ahead.
God, we believe in you. We give thanks for your salvation through Jesus Christ and the strength of the Holy Spirit. We confess we sometimes tire in the fight and falter. Yet, we have confidence you will come to our aid in that same faith. Please give us this day the strength and courage to face whatever comes. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.