Click here for Day 1. When you hear the word communion usually the first thing that pops in your head is the anxiety of spilling grape juice on your clothes with those honey i shrunk the plastic cups and those tasty styrofoam wafers. But that is not the context I’m talking about today, so fear not. ha!! Communion (noun) – the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level. During this whole lost and found business, this word has been added to my current vocabulary and has been used in heavy rotation. Why? Why communion and not prayer? Well there are 3 words that can be used interchangeably in reference to God but all have different nuances: Prayer, Relationship, and Communion.
Prayer. When I think of prayer, I think about someone praying for themselves or another person about their struggles/situations. Simply put, just talking TO God. In a one way communication type manner.
Relationship. When I think of relationship, i think of a broad term describing a level of connection people have to one another. Just saying “you have a relationship with God” is still vague. You can have a superficial relationship with God, a strained relationship, a genie in the bottle relationship, friendship relationship or a master/slave relationship.
Communion. But when I think of communing with God, the word invokes intimacy. I envision alone, transparent time, pouring out your heart to Him, allowing Him to pour His love into you. Being open to God to allow Him to reveal to you your heart problems, submitting to Him and allowing Him to transform you. Basically all that mushy emotional stuff that principle minded people have trouble comprehending.
On Day 7, I referenced a road trip with God where He is driving and you sitting in the back seat. So you are on this trip, no clue where you’re going, are you suppose to just look out the window at the scenery the whole time? No. Being in this car with God is the perfect time to talk to God. Ask Him stuff. Listen to His answers. Who better to ask about yourself than God??? You don’t even know yourself better than He does! Man, there are sooooo many things you can ask and just sit and listen. Often times we get caught up with prayer and asking for “blessings” or things to turn in our favor that the most important thing we need to be doing with God is allowing Him to reveal our damaged hearts to us. We need to see the damage, the hurt, the bitterness, the hard heartedness…ie simply sin. God revealing this to us is not to condemn, but for us to see our need for Him. We need God. All day, every day. Stay connected, stay talking about the things that worry us, stay asking for why are we like this, stay asking what would He like us to do in every situation. Just pure humbleness. This is what communion is for and why it’s vital for our journeys. If we don’t have this, we are just riding along, focused more so on the scenery of our life road trip, getting caught up in what’s happening around us while God is like “hey why aren’t you spending time with me on this trip? Don’t you know that’s what this trip is about?”. Life is more about what happens in conversation between you and God than the life events around you. Life events are important don’t get me wrong, but definitely not MORE important than what goes down in that car. Satan is constantly distracting us and drawing us away from the inside of the car and turning our full attention to the scenery and rest stops. Prayer and even “devotion” currently to me has a checklist feel. Let me pray and have devotion today so I can feel good that I at least completed that obligation. Communion has more of the emotion of a longing to be with God, a thirst after understanding Him and what He wants to show you about yourself. I don’t know about you, but I want to be in communion with God now. This is new stuff for me. It’s not the typical Christian experience. It’s like something has changed within me and a lightbulb has went off. This is what it means to be a follower after Christ. Because that other stuff that I was doing….was merely compliance.
pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17