For some, meditation congers up thoughts of chanting or relaxation techniques and trying to find what they need within themselves. However, Christian meditation is looking to God and his word to find wisdom and guidance.
Psalm 77:12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
Psalm 119:15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
Christian meditation is a practice of taking time to reflect upon a scripture or an attribute of God. It’s asking questions and seeking insight and wisdom from God. This form of prayer can help you become more aware of God and his love.
Do you know how to meditate? If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate. Worrying is setting your mind toward unpleasant or painful events. In worry, you consider a worst case scenario, “What if this terrible thing happens.” In meditation, you set your mind and heart toward spiritual things. You ponder the greatness of God and his promises and you put your requests before him. Both worry and meditation involve the unseen. Worry wears you out, but meditation strengthens you.
Meditation will help you step away from a busy lifestyle and slow down. Learning to spend time in silence before God can help you gain insight and remember what is really important in life.
Psalm 4:4 …search your hearts and be silent.
Following are examples of silent meditation to help you come before God. These silent meditations can help you clear your mind so you can focus on your Bible study. They can help you through a challenging moment in your day. They can help you draw closer to God.
If you are just beginning to practice silent meditation, you may find it helpful to set a timer for 3 to 5 minutes. This might seem like a long time if you have not practiced meditation, so the timer can help you stay the course until you find that you are no longer hurried when you meditate.
Meditation #1: Be Still
This meditation will help you focus your mind and remember who God is.
Psalm 46:10: Be still and know that I am God.
Close your eyes and imagine God saying this to you as you still your mind and heart. Recite each of the following lines several times. Notice how each line has a different focus that can help bring you before God. If your mind wanders, gently bring your thoughts back to the scripture and focus on coming before God.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
“Be still and know that I am.”
“Be still and know.”
Meditation #2: Don’t Be Anxious
Worry and anxiety can keep you from experiencing the joy and peace the Holy Spirit offers you. The goal of this meditation is to help you be more peaceful before God.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything… present your requests to God.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Read these verses and consider the possibility of God carrying the weight of all your worries and anxieties. God is not saying that your concerns are not valid, but he is offering to carry them for you. He makes this offer because he cares for you and he is strong. Close your eyes and imagine casting off your worries and anxieties and leaving them with God. Imagine him helping you take each one off your hands in a caring way. If your mind wanders, gently bring your thoughts back to God.
Meditation #3 Count Your Greatest Blessings
The goal of this meditation is to remember your greatest blessings. Remembering all that God has done for you and knowing you are deeply loved by him will help you face your challenges.
Psalm 104:34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.
Psalm 103:10-12 …he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Read these verses and consider all that God has done for you and why he did it. Close your eyes and sit in silence as you contemplate this. If your mind wanders, gently bring your thoughts back to God.
Take time to meditate and reflect upon what God has said. Even if 3 to 5 minutes seems difficult, do not give up. It will be worth the effort it will take. There are many benefits.
- It can help you gain deeper insights about God and his word.
- It can help stir up your faith and love for God.
- It can help you remember what is really important in your life.
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