4 Steps to Daily Communion
Communion is a biblical mandate in the Christian church. In the Gospels, Jesus tells his followers to practice communion in remembrance of him. While churches make every effort to provide their congregations with regular opportunities to practice communion, there are still times when it is more feasible for believers to take communion in their own homes. In the New Testament, believers often met together in homes to break bread and remember their Savior.
There are many cases today when believers may be homebound due to illness or disabilities and still want to observe this holy sacrament. Often, in these situations, priests or pastors from their local church body will deliver communion to their homebound members. The church leader will provide communion supplies and lead the individual in a condensed communion observance. Biblical passages will be read, a prayer will be said, a communion style bread or wafer will be eaten and juice or wine will be tasted.
There are also people who believe in taking communion with their families and friends outside of traditional church services in remembrance of Christ. In these special situations, the individuals feel called to observe this holy act with fellow believers in accordance with New Testament traditions. Some occasions this may occur include small group meetings, prayer meetings or family meals. In accordance with Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” In these times, the believers come together to worship through the act of communion like those in the early church. In Acts 2:46, it says, “[…] they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”
Depending on a believer’s denomination, he or she may also partake in individual daily communion. While some ministers speak of practicing daily communion with God, this takes a daily time to commune with God through prayer and Bible study a step further. Some practice taking individual communion. This involves the person praying and partaking of the communion offering by oneself while praying in repentance and for reconciliation with Christ. If one believes in this practice, it is possible to take communion whenever and wherever as often as one likes, as long as the individual’s motives are well-intentioned. The goal should be for the individual to practice a sober, yet loving remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice, rather a practice that becomes a daily chore or ritual.
If you decide to partake in communion at home, let us guide you through the basic steps.
1. Have the necessary communion supplies on hand (bread/wafer representative of Christ’s body) and wine/juice (representative of Christ’s blood)
2. Begin with a prayer.
3. Using a Bible, read selections from Matthew 26:26-28.
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
4. Pray and give thanks for the bread and the wine asking God to bless it as you take it in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice.
Martin Luther and John Wesley both preached the necessity of practicing communion for maintaining the presence of God in one’s life. While the way individual believers practice communion, whether in church services, mass or at home, it is a somber, spiritual privilege. As believers, we view communion as a blessing and an opportunity to recognize that Jesus Christ gave his life to reconcile us with God.