Resources and Thoughts about Personal Communion
What do I mean by personal communion? For the purposes of this article I am referring to what some people call The Lord’s Supper or to when you take a piece of bread or cracker with a little grape juice or wine and celebrate the Lord’s body and blood in a church service.
To a large number of Christians this is a commonplace ritual in their churches. But to an equally large number of Christians it never occurred to them that they can do this personally, that is, by themselves or with a small group of people not in a church and not involving a priest, minister or pastor. I was “in the dark” about this concept until about ten years ago. In church? Sure! By myself? What? Just never even considered it!
The scriptures do not say that it has to be presented or officiated over by a priest, minster of pastor. I see no reason not to do this by yourself or with a small group of family members or friends.
Two of the main passages of scriptures on this topic are printed below. For further study be sure to read the scriptures before and after those printed out for your convenience so that you get the full context.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luk 22:19-20 KJV
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 Cor. 11:24-26 KJV
Why would you want to do communion by yourself? There seems to be a strong connection to physical healing for one, but some people claim other benefits as well. At this point I will point you to some interesting resources that you can check out for yourself.
A book that introduced me to this topic and that has an excellent prayer to accompany your personal communion time is: The Meal That Heals: Enjoying Intimate, Daily Communion with God
Article : The Meal That Heals by Perry Stone
Recipes to make your own communion crackers that are gluten free and suitable also to celebrate Passover…
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