By: Martin Cisneros
If you can pray by yourself, read the Word by yourself, teach and preach to yourself (i.e. a form of meditation in the Word), and worship and praise by yourself, then you're most definitely able to partake of the Bread and Cup by yourself -- although praying with others, being in the Word with others, and worshipping and praising with others has it's place, just as receiving the Bread and Cup with others. But it's another one of those "whenever possible" about involving others.
My personal beliefs are a combination of Word of Faith, Postmillenialism and the Universal Restoration, and several other things from the Word that aren't at odds with any of those things. So, although I've got a general outline that I'll use, I'll vary from the outline with some regularity. The outline for me gives me a skeletal form that I can flesh out with other things, areas of praise, Scripture readings, particulars of what I'm believing God for, etc.
Recently, John chapters 6 and 10 have been coming up a lot while I've been partaking of communion because those chapters are about Jesus being the life of the world and the assurance that His sheep hear His voice. Catholics will tend to celebrate it as a re-enactment of the Crucifixion in the same way that Jews annually re-enact the Passover as if they were the particular generation leaving Egypt. I guess Charismatics tend to celebrate it about the same, but with higher expectations about health, wealth, soundness of mind and relationships, and readiness of spirit and anointing for all of God's purposes for one's life. Have you got bread, a cracker, or something else that you want to use today? What about a small amount of something to drink, perhaps water or something else?
Then if you believe that what Jesus Christ did on the Cross was with you, yourself, in mind, as well as for everyone else, and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead and has positioned Him as Lord over your life (i.e. Lord meaning “boss” and “caretaker.”) and if you yourself have embraced and confessed Him as Lord over your life, according to Romans chapter 10, verses 9 and 10, then you’re ready to proceed with receiving the Bread and Cup of Jesus’ Covenants:
Scripture Reference to Use: 1Corinthians 11:23-24; Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19-20
(Instruction: Say this Before the Breaking/Eating of the Bread:)
Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I recognize that I have a covenant with You -- a covenant that was ratified by the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary.
Because of the fact that Jesus' body was broken for me, that His blood was shed in my behalf, I acknowledge that He bore sin; sickness; disease; sorrow; grief; fear; torment; unforgiveness; strife; lack; infection; distress and anxiety; discharge; leakage; hormonal imbalances; irregular blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, or blood sugar issues; cancer; benign tumors; and any other types of growths for me. Jesus bore it all for me! Through His substitutionary sacrifice, I have complete redemption, prosperity, and total deliverance from the works of Satan.
As a new creation in Christ Jesus, I realize my freedom has been bought and paid for. I am forgiven. I am redeemed. And I give thanks for it all, in Jesus' Name.
(Instruction: Break the Bread and distribute it if you’re partaking with anyone else. And of course, if you’re receiving this with anyone else then all of the references to “I” in this have needed to be “We” throughout while claiming God’s promises and provisions.
Judge and Examine Yourself in the Light of God's Word, saying the following:)
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I examine my own heart, I judge myself according to the authority of Your Word.
In areas where I've missed the mark whether by strife, unforgiveness, lust, abusing the Holy Spirit‘s Temple, jealousy, envy, hatred, coveteousness, fear, worry, anxiousness, unbelief, or in any other area, I take Jesus as my Advocate and High Priest. I ask forgiveness according to the Word of God (1John 1:9). Your Word says You are faithful and just to forgive me when I confess my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
Therefore, I do not eat of the bread nor drink of the cup unworthily, but I rightly discern the Lord's body. I receive Communion now as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus together with my Lord Jesus Christ being present with me. I am free from the works of Satan -- spirit, soul, body, financially, and socially. I know and receive the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich, yet for my sake He became poor, that I through His poverty would be made rich. Thank God, I’m prosperous in every area of my life through Jesus Christ. Then say this: The Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 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.
(Instruction: Partake of the Bread)
Then say this: 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.
(Instructions: Partake of the Cup
Now, Make This Confession:)
Father, I give you thanks for all You have provided for me in Christ Jesus. I confess this day I am the blessed of the Lord. These covenants I entered into at the new birth, as well as through the Hosea 2:18 covenant, are covenants filled with the exceeding great and precious promises of God, and I am a partaker and dispenser of those promises and provisions now!
I am healed. I am redeemed. I am delivered from the authority of darkness. I am translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son. I am the head and not the tail. I am above only and not beneath. I come behind in no good thing. All that I set my hands to prospers. I lay hands on the sick and they recover. I praise You, Father, for the newness of life I now enjoy through the Body and Blood of Jesus, in Jesus' Name. Thank You, Father, for having ransomed all of mankind through Jesus Christ, according to 1Timothy chapter 2. And I thank You that the animals; all of Your Creation is entering into the liberties of the children of God, according to Romans 8:21. I thank You, Father, in Jesus’ Name for doing exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that I can ask, think, or imagine. I thank You that I’ve been fed this day with what You gave for the life of the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
I've been running to the Bread and Cup sorta in the place of, or rather in addition to prayer. It's probably not hard to turn the above into how you pray from now on, instead of just having X-number of Scriptures that you quote in petitions, thanksgivings, and intercessions plus what some would consider the dry normal stuff. Revelation 3:20 says He's waiting eagerly [and is beating on the door] to dine with us.
If you can receive communion every single day, then you really can do anything. Some have asked in the past whether or not this becoming repetitive is a work of the law, which is genuinely almost too silly to dignify with a response, but: Does praying, fasting, giving, receiving, and witnessing become the works of the law if you do them everyday?
It really is a celebration of liberty in Jesus Christ and an opportunity for His Presence to become much richer in your life. Though there's some self discipline involved with doing anything daily, it's not "works of the law," it's being protective and nurturing of a relationship. It's stealing yourself away from the daily routine to spend a few extra minutes with our Lord. There's nothing that can be compared with it, honestly. Because I've done this daily for I don't know how long, and most of the time more than once a day, I'm genuinely able to have the strength that I'd needed all of my life regarding my decisions, and I'm able to trust my decisions. I know where I've been, what I've handled, where my heart is, what's influencing me, and I know that I'll make the right decision. No matter what comes up. To me, that makes it more of a gift than an obligation. It makes it easier for me to keep all of my cares cast upon Him, according to 1Peter 5:6-7. It's a whole new level of peace, joy, contentment, and discernment that this opens up to you.
I'm starting to believe that when Jesus and St. Peter said to feed His sheep that they literally meant that we should feed His sheep. (i.e. John 6; John 21; 1Corinthians 11:23-26; 1Peter 5) If I ever started a Church, I'd seriously look at offering the Bread and Cup every single day to all who would want to drop by for about an hour of worship, blessing, communion, and prayer.
When circumstances permit, I definitely intend to have ten to fifteen or twenty minute video segments where we receive communion together every single day of the year via the internet. It'll be the first video devotional of it's kind in the world!