Receiving Jesus: The Practice of Personal Communion
Over the last few months I’ve heard a sacred echo. Every week or so someone shared with me how engaging with Jesus through personal communion on a regular basis changed their lives. Three years ago, a dear friend shared communion with me when I stayed in her home and I was enthralled by it. At that time, I was deeply grieving the loss of my dad and did not have the mental energy to learn more about it. So here we are in 2016, the year God has prompted me to focus on abiding with Him, and the idea of personal communion is being mentioned to me over and over again.
One of my mentors in the faith has studied the Covenant Meal (a beautiful way to describe communion, isn’t it?). She chose to take this meal with Jesus for forty days and has an incredible testimony to share. I’ve interviewed her in this video and I’m eager to share it with you! (Click here for the video if you do not see it below).
Since this interview, I’ve begun a daily journey of taking communion. For me, the personal aspect of speaking these words out loud to my Lord has been profoundly more meaningful than having a pastor speak the words over me. I’m so new at this and have much more to learn. But I feel led to share with you a few glimpses of how I am participating in this sacred moment with Jesus.
After confessing any known sin, I recall Jesus’ choice to be brutally beaten, mocked, rejected. I thank Him for His endurance of great suffering on my behalf. I verbally acknowledge my need for healing and deliverance and my own inability to secure it for myself. I accept His suffering as the cost for me to receive the rich and abundant life He has for me. I eat a morsel of bread accepting Him as the bread (or sustaining portion) of my life.
Next I thank Him for being perfect and choosing to cover my imperfections with His own. I acknowledge that His choice to be the blood sacrifice for my sins, opens the door of God’s mercy toward me. I accept this mercy from God. I thank Jesus for removing the shame of my sin so that I can boldly approach God with my needs. I thank Him for securing for me a seat at God’s table where I have access to every spiritual blessing. I drink a sip of wine to show that I receive His death on my behalf.
Afterwards, I command my mind, body, and soul to awaken to the life of Christ at work in me. I declare that the resurrection power of Jesus is at work in the weak places of my body, mind, and relationships. I acknowledge my fears, doubts, and pride and ask His power to overcome them. I declare that I an overcomer by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. I can not explain how right this feels to me.
I see this as an act of humility and the Bible tells us there are HUGE benefits for choosing humility.
Proverbs 22:4 – True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
Daily acknowledging my need for Christ is already awakening me to more peace and a greater confidence in who He is to me. I am certain that I have SO much more to learn about this covenant meal with Christ. But I couldn’t wait to share with you what I’ve learned so far.
This new form of communicating and bonding with Jesus is an answer to a prayer I began praying last year. I was asking the Lord to help me to become keenly aware of the Good News. I wanted to grasp it in a greater degree. This is helping me to do exactly that.
What has been your personal experience with Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Covenant meal? I would love to hear your testimonies. If you have questions for Kathy, please feel free to post them in the comments.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.