When we think about the word meditation there’s a picture that comes to mind. You may think of someone that is a part of an eastern religion, sitting in a tranquil state with their legs crossed humming to themselves. This is what most people think of when they hear the word meditate. As Christians we need to meditate as well. It’s close to what I mentioned above but not exactly. Let me explain how Christians should meditate on the Word of God.
The word Meditate is defined as follows (worldly definition)
think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
From this definition, we can see that in order to meditate we need to do a few things. We will need to focus our minds on something for a specific period of time. Be in a place where we can be relaxed and undisturbed. I am going to break down this topic from a Christian perspective to help you.
Where Can I go to Meditate on Gods Word?
Find a time and place where you can focus your mind without interruption. Most people I have spoken to wake up early in the morning before their family wakes up and has some devoted quite time to meditate then. Other people wait until the evening before they go to sleep in order to wind down and calm their mind. Whatever time of day that works for you, ensure that you can be in a quite place for a specific time. It is essential that you are not interrupted as you have to quite your mind in order to meditate the right way.
What am I Supposed to Do?
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 NIV
What differentiates the way a Christian meditates verses someone else is the fact that we have to have a scripture from the bible to think about. Joshua 1:8 is a popular verse when it comes to meditation. The way a Christian should Meditate is to go to that designated quite place when you are least likely to be distracted and focus your mind on a verse of scripture. Quite your mind from thinking about anything else and focus on the specific verse of scripture that you selected. Read the verse to yourself a few times and then allow God to speak to you concerning that verse. As you quite yourself (your mind) from the distractions of the world and focus on the Word of God, you will hear the Holy Spirit clearly speak to you about that verse you are meditating on.
What Should I Have With Me?
When you are meditating on the Word of God it’s important to have the following things close by.
1. Your bible – obviously you will need this to read your meditational verses.
2. pen and paper – you will want to write down anything that comes to your mind as a result of your quite time. As the Holy Spirit speaks to you, you should write down any revelation that God is ready to give you.
The bible says; “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV)
As you spend some quality time meditating on the word of God you will receive some amazing revelations. God will give you secrets insights and instructions in order for His will to be done in your life. Be prepared to write as you spend quality time with God.
What To Stay Away From?
1. Leave your cell phone in the other room. It can be a big distraction.
2. Don’t go in the same room as your television.
3. Don’t bring your kids. You should be by yourself and be able to focus on God and his word.
4. I should also mention. Chants and humming to yourself are not part of Christian meditation.
I hope this helps you in your spiritual growth and you are able to meditate on the Word of God more effectively. As a result you will grow spiritually and receive revelation from God. After all, He wants to speak with you. If you are reading this on the day that I post it, remember I’m going to be starting the Faith Fight Podcast soon. You can subscribe by clicking here so that you are notified when I release every episode. This podcast is designed to help you move from glory to glory in you relationship with Christ. Hope that you will join me for every episode.