Daily Communion with God

To go from knowing about God to knowing Him, our interactions with Him must be intentional.

As Christians, we generally define communion as the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In the New Testament, however, this word has broader applications. The Greek term koinonia is often translated as “fellowship” or “sharing” in the NASB.

Although we usually think of fellowship as a close relationship with other believers based on our union in Christ, Scripture clearly tells us that our fellowship is first and foremost with God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:3,  2 Cor. 13:14). But since we’re unable to physically see, hear, or touch God, what does it mean to have communion with Him?

Intentional interaction with God is the entry point. For many believers, this takes the form of a morning quiet time spent in Scripture and prayer. For others, Christian music or a scenic walk filters out clutter and turns thoughts heavenward so connection can take place. Then, as we read from the Bible, God speaks into our life and reveals more of Himself to us.

Knowing about the Lord, however, isn’t the same as knowing the Lord. While gaining information about God’s ways and attributes is important, communion is far more than collecting facts about Him; it starts with coming to Him in what some call “alert expectation” of experiencing His presence and culminates in partaking of His very life. In that way, we become vessels both containing God’s life and expressing it to others. What makes the difference is approaching Him in an attitude of submission—a readiness to obey whatever He tells us.

Ideally, our initial connection with the Lord will turn into an open-ended conversation that continues throughout the day: In our thoughts and at times verbally, we share our hopes, struggles, and concerns with Him and listen for His input. When He nudges us in a certain direction, we obey. And at night, we remember and thank Him for His loving care and guidance.

READ Luke 24:13-35

Of course, life’s distractions and struggles can disrupt our experience of closeness with the Lord. When that happens, truth is needed to restore our perspective. Consider Luke’s account of two disciples who walked toward Emmaus shortly after Jesus’ resurrection. Their conversation was focused on the events of that traumatic weekend, but their limited comprehension resulted only in sadness, confusion, and doubt. Even sharing their thoughts and opinions with each other added no insight to their understanding. What they needed was someone to explain the situation from a heavenly viewpoint.

That’s when Jesus showed up. What’s interesting about the interaction is that “their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him” (v. 16). In some regards, many of us today are like these two disciples. When we focus our attention on earthly concerns, it’s possible to pass through life never realizing that Jesus is walking with us. We can become so busy that we never give Him a second thought during the day. And like the travelers on the road to Emmaus, we are left to rely upon our own understanding to figure out life’s difficulties and challenges.

When Jesus joined the two disciples, He taught them to see the troubling events of His suffering, death, and resurrection from a scriptural perspective. By the time they reached Emmaus, the men were so impacted by Jesus that they urged Him to stay for dinner. It was in that intimate setting of a shared meal that their eyes were finally opened and they recognized Him.

REFLECT

• From Luke 24:17-24 and Luke 24:29-35, how would you describe the attitude of the two disciples before and after Jesus joined them?

• What instructions are we given in Colossians 3:1-3 to help us see life from God’s perspective? How might you make this a reality in your daily life?

• Read Psalm 4:4-8, Ps. 5:3, Ps. 25:4-5. What insights do you gain about communing with the Lord throughout the day?

• According to these Scriptures, how can we maintain fellowship with God through the various seasons in our lives?

- In good times: Psalm 100:1-5
- In hard times: Psalm 62:5-8
- In need: Matthew 6:25-34
- In abundance: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

• What does John 15:1-11 add to your understanding of intimate communion with God? How would you explain what it means to “abide” in Christ?

RESPOND

• What place does the Lord have in your thoughts throughout the day? What situations cause you to remember and turn to God? Which ones hinder you from thinking about Him, and what can you do to shift your focus to Him more?

• How does the command given in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 relate to communion with God? Put this into practice tomorrow and notice any difference in your outlook. Whenever your mind is not occupied with responsibilities, carry on a silent conversation with the Lord.

REVISIT

• Over the next few weeks, watch for God’s guidance, interventions, and revelations each day. Give your physical senses a greater role in how you commune with Him—letting what you see, hear, taste, smell, and feel remind you of His love and provision. When you perceive Him working in your life, pause to praise and thank Him. Record your insights as an added reminder to watch for Him the next day.

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3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.

14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place.

15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.

16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.

17 And He said to them, What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?" And they stood still, looking sad.

18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?"

19 And He said to them, What things?" And they said to Him, The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people,

20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him.

21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.

22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning,

23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.

24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see."

25 And He said to them, O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?"

27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther.

29 But they urged Him, saying, Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over." So He went in to stay with them.

30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them.

31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 They said to one another, Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?"

33 And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them,

34 saying, The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon."

35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

4 Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD.

6 Many are saying, Who will show us any good?" Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!

7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.

3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

4 Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.

5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.

1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.

3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.

7 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.

8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.

25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

31 Do not worry then, saying, `What will we eat?' or `What will we drink?' or `What will we wear for clothing?'

32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,

19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

17 pray without ceasing;

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