Do you remember the early 80’s and the popular “New Age Religion”? I remember as a child the New Age Movement and the talk of meditation and “believing in a higher power” or that there was someone or something greater than us. The “New Age” beliefs – including belief in reincarnation, astrology, psychics and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects like mountains or trees. Folk were referring to rocks and special stones to pray and meditate.
This all seemed strange to me because I had always been taught that God was that Higher Power and today I continue to BELIEVE GOD is the true source of all Higher Power. With that thought in mind, is it Biblical for a Christian to Meditate?
As believers, we are to be mindful that the world takes the truths and reconstructs it to look like something it is not.
“I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.” Psalm 62:1,2
Meditation is a function of the mind, which processes and articulates our thought life and translates it to the heart of God. The thoughts of man connect to the heart of the one who created him.
To the believer, meditation and mindfulness brings about a living knowledge of who God is and allow God known to residence into his life. For as he thinks (meditates) in his heart, so is he Proverbs 23:7
Jesus said to him, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37
Mindful meditation is no different than praying scripture. If I am using the scriptures to meditate and think on God’s word and I pray those scriptures aloud. God does hear my prayer.
The core of our relationship with God is so important that David meditated on God day and night. The Bible tells us in Psalm 1:1,2 that the man who delights in the law of the Lord and in this law does he meditate day and night.
Meditation on God and His law of the kingdom solidifies us as plant that is firmly planted and brings forth good fruit.
What Does the Bible Say about Meditation?
When the Bible mentions meditation, it often mentions obedience in the next breath. For example,
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8,9
This verse was written on a post-it note and left for me anonymously at a retreat in college. I immediately began to put these instructions to practice in my life.
Obedience to meditating on God’s Word will bring success in your life
How Does A Christian Meditate?
Meditation for the beginner should be in a quiet place, set aside consecrated to the most important person in your life, Jesus Christ. I usually begin my mornings in my special chair in my prayer room. There I sit quietly before the Lord and WAIT. Here, I am surrounded by books, my Bible, pen and paper listening with my mind focused on God alone.
My soul is quiet and waits for God alone. He is the One Who saves me. Psalm 62:1,2
- Be Still! Be Still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. Quiet Your soul before God and ask for a clean heart and a right spirit then you can hear from him.
- Humble Yourself. God dwells in a prepared heart. Cast down any imagination that you don’t need God and can “figure it out all by yourself” ~ You Can’t. Bring your wandering thoughts captive to the thought and obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Concentrate and Ponder. The attitude of your body, mind, heart and spirit is to concentrate on Jesus. If your focus is on the struggle or situation it’s in the wrong place. Meditating on God’s Word requires focus on his omnipresence. Thoughts and worry will banish when we look to God.
- Wait Expectantly. Do not expect Him to come at any particular time ~ just expect Him. Leave room for God to arrive and He will. To do this, you must see God as personal.
- How to Wait. Alone. Be still in the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act.(NLT). In our society, we want things done quickly and in our time not allowing the space and room for God to move in our lives with His timing which is best. God made man for himself, so we need to be alone with God for reconciliation and restoration. When we allow our souls to be restored and rest in God; we become immersed in God’s love It is a delight to be in God’s presence exposed yet loved.
As we sit and wait for the wholly of Holies to enter the room; we are able to enter into His presence with a heart ready to receive God’s best and align our will with His will.
Meditating on Scripture will bring peace, joy and allow His powerful Love to overflow in our lives. It aims to heighten the personal relationship based on the love of God.
We are then able to become more aware of our bodies and allow yourselves to begin breathing by inhaling in and out ….
Breathe in Love ~ Breathe out Hate
Breathe in Peace ~ Breathe out Anger
Breathe in Hope ~ Breathe out Worry
As I acknowledge God early in the morning, by breathing in His Word which is Life; I know that He will guide and direct me into His presence to direct my footsteps throughout the day.
Our thoughts are affected by everything around us so it is important that we renew our mind and become intentional in examining our thought life. Our first thoughts should be of God and we must take time to allow Him to reveal Himself to us.
An intimate relationship with God happens when we take time to know who He is. This comes through nurturing the word of God, cherishing Him, so that the Lord is occupying us spirit, soul and body.
When your mind is occupied with the Lord, there is the ability for the heart to be connected.
When you meditate you reduce Stress in your life. You are then able to focus have more control over your emotions and physical well-being.
Have you considered meditating on God’s Word as a way to reduce stress, feeing overwhelmed, and discovering peace in your life?
Why not begin today.
God rewards us for meditating on His word by renewing our strength and leading us in His truth. is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts usually a scripture passage and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God.