Ryan Huguley has written a great little article titled “How to Prepare for Communion.” He writes,
At Redemption we celebrate the sacrament of communion nearly every week. We do this because it puts the sacrificial work of Jesus in our place at the very center of every worship gathering. One of the potential dangers for a church that celebrates communion each week is that without great care it can become a religious formality – one of those this we do because “that’s what we always do.”
Regardless of how often we take communion, it ought always to be taken seriously. It’s not a game. It is not a sad expression of worship, but a serious one. In 1 Corinthians 11:27 the Apostle Paul warns in writing, “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”
So the question is, how can we take this important expression of worship seriously and properly prepare our hearts for it?
He lists four steps to help prepare hearts for communion:
1. Acknowledge your need
2. Examine your heart
3. Repent of your sin
4. Take it by faith
Read the whole article; bookmark it and reread it Saturday night or Sunday morning. It’s always helpful to keep these truths in the forefront of our minds as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
(HT: Josh Perry)