Meditation is not just for eastern religions as some may assume. As Christians we are instructed to meditate on Gods Word daily. But what does that mean? Meditate? It means that we spend time in stillness, reflecting on what a scripture means or the wonderful things God has done for us with a thankful heart. It's often during my own meditations that I hear God speaking to my heart most clearly about things I had earlier prayed about. When we fill our minds with Gods Word it becomes very hard for the enemy to get a foothold in our lives.
Meditation brings balance and focus on what is truly important above all else – God the Father. Jesus Christ came to tear the veil that had separated us from having an intimate personal relationship with God and he succeeded. No longer must we seek out an earthly priest in human form we can speak through our heavenly priest Jesus Christ directly to God the Creator of All Things! Meditation can be a powerful weapon for the follower of Christ when implemented into our walk with the Lord.
In eastern religions one is asked to focus on breathing techniques to achieve an enlightened state of awareness. The ultimate goal is to empty ones mind of all the static of living, so to speak, by focusing on breathing and stillness. By emptying the mind the eastern practitioners find "peace and enlightenment". In Christian meditation we focus our mind on something much more powerful than our breath – we focus on the One Who Breathed Life Into Us and his beautiful truth that is the Word of God. As Christians we find the only true peace that passes all understanding by reflecting on Gods Word and his works in our lives.
By allowing a scripture to fully saturate our mind, then asking the Holy Spirit to unlock its truths and give us understanding, we develop a deeper knowing of Gods Word. Dedicating a time to meditate and spend time with God can be very powerful in drawing you closer to him.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." – Philippians 4:8 KJV
“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” – 1 Timothy 4:15 KJV
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” – Psalms 1:2 KJV
“I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” – Psalms 77:12 KJV
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." – Psalms 143:5 KJV
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
– Joshua 1:8 KJV
“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.” – Genesis 24:63 KJV