November 4, 2019
Koinonia – Communion
NOTICE: Before we begin today, I want to remind everyone that the One Voice Prayer Movement begins tomorrow with a conference call with President Trump’s spiritual adviser, Paula White, at 12:00 P.M. EST/ 11:00 A.M. CST/ 10:00 A.M. MST/ 9:00 A.M. PST.
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Here is the Give Him 15 post for today:
A significant meaning of the word “koinonia” is “communion”, referring to the sacrament which is a covenant meal, as in “the communion meal”, “the Lord’s Table”, or “the Last Supper”. We call it communion, because what is supposed to be happening there is a “communing” with Him. Just as the disciples communed with Him at the Last Supper, we commune with Him around this covenant meal. We remember what He did for us as we partake of it.
1 Corinthians 10:16 speaks of God in this context of “communion”. The reason it speaks of communion and the Lord’s Table is that when we partake of that bread and that cup, something more than a theological thing happens. We’re not just remembering something from way back when. God is trying to make a point that when we do this, we’re supposed to receive something. This is a sharing. He is saying, “I am sharing my life with you. When you take part in that covenant meal with me, you should be receiving something.” In some translations communion is described as a sharing of His Body. He is distributing life to us as we partake in His body and blood through the symbols of the bread and the wine. We receive a reminder of the exchange of His life for ours (redemption). We receive forgiveness and cleansing from sin. We can receive healing and restoration. He shares every aspect of Life in Christ with us at the communion table.
“When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16; NLT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Meditate on communion, as in the Lord’s table. Think about the Last Supper and what was happening when Jesus revealed the communion meal to His disciples.
- Have you been taking communion lightly or as a ritual?
- Ask the Lord to reveal something new and fresh to you about the communion sacrament. Ask Him what He wants You to know about Him in that important meal.
- If you have the elements for communion, partake with Him in this new revelation.
- What do you need from the Lord? Ask Him for a divine exchange as you take communion with Him.
- Receive what He shares with you—forgiveness from sin, life, hope, health, deliverance, and breakthrough. Let His love for you consume you.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, I will meditate today on “communion”. As I read the story in the Gospels of that holy night when the disciples gathered in the upper room to share a passover meal together, bring revelation. They had no expectation of what Jesus was about to do. They hadn’t ever understood the symbolism in the ceremony. They were about to see that the whole thing revealed Jesus and the work He was about to do on the cross, which would give them eternal life. Wow! On this side of the cross it is so much easier to see. Yet, I often just take the bread and communion cup as “a thing we do as a Christian”, and not as the reminder of Your great sacrifice for me. There is life in it, Jesus. Your life is in it. Your life exchanged for mine. You gave your life to save me. You gave Your blood to redeem me, to heal me, to deliver me, to make a way for me when there seems to be no way. Cause me to pay attention as I take communion from here on out. Let me understand the koinonia in the ceremony. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
God wants to share the fullness of communion with His Church.