Meditation isn’t just a mystical, metaphysical or new age thing. It is coming to stillness in the mind and body. It’s being still to know the Holy Spirit’s presence-To simply be with God. It isn’t so much of what the church encourages today-I wonder why.
Looking back into the Scripture, Joshua 1:8; “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall ” meditate in it day and night”.The first instruction here is Meditation, it’s actually the second instruction after “it shall not depart from your mouth”.The early Christians called this “pure prayer”.Meditation, like all Christian practices, requires discipline and patience, now that’s a really big issue in a challenging world of frantic activities, where busyness takes precedence.
Why is the word “Meditation and the practice of Meditation very rare in Christendom? When in actual fact, it’s the first instruction that is connected with the study of the word of God, Psalm1:2. Could it be that many of us find it difficult to be still, in the real sense of it? Is it actually possible to take time away from various activities of life and be quiet? I am not talking about taking summer holidays off. Even the holidays are encumbered with workloads. :). But, actually practising and cultivating the art of being still in our everyday life. I believe it is possible, though it may seem like a daunting task.
” In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” Isa 30:15.This scripture emphasis an angle of meditational practice as God’s children. The ability to be strong rest not in human might or brute force but in stillness and trust in the goodness of our Heavenly Father.
When we are able to calm the mind and soul from striving/worrying/agitations and all the cares of life and simply trust in the Lord, Strength is produced even in the fiercest storm. This stillness and Calmness will be a byproduct of our Christian journey when we constantly and consistently engage in the art of meditation as it is required of us from the word of God.
Jesus Christ, our perfect example, often left his apostles and the crowd to engage in long periods of dynamic-mind, spiritual meditation wherein he communicated with God, It was actually a regular practice with Him. He often went to lonely places like the mountains to pray to seek solitude and quietness away from the crowd, with God. The result of the solitude and meditation times are always evident in the healing and signs in the lives of the people. We are also expected to walk in the realm that He walked while in the earth realm, and one of the keys to this exploit is Meditation.
Christian meditation is a powerful form of prayer. It isn’t easy at first because you find your mind wandering away but with discipline, practice and consistency it becomes a lifestyle. It is akin to worship and prayer where you turn spiritual thoughts over in the mind and engage your total being with the aim of deep communion with God-“Deep calling unto deep”.
I noticed an unusual pattern in my life that changed my perception of meditation and just being still in God. I was always falling sick, in and out of the hospital, and once I am admitted-I will begin to hear His voice talk to me about specifics. This pattern went on for a while until I realise that God was actually trying to get my attention. I began to cultivate the habit of stillness and meditation by consciously creating the atmosphere. Now I don’t have to fall sick for God to get me to be still in his presence again.
“No one habit can do more to transform your life and make you more like Jesus than a daily reflection on scripture”-Rick Warren.
God considers meditation a “vital exercise of the mind of His children”-Jim Downing.
HOW DO WE MEDITATE?
*Let the word of Scripture dwell in your heart
*Worship God in your Spirit
*Personalize bible passages.
*Give attention to each word as you read and reread.
*Don’t just meditate in your heart, do it externally by muttering the words, speaking.
WHEN DO WE MEDITATE?
As clearly stated in Joshua 1:8…..”Meditate on it day and night;
First thing when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing as you go to sleep at night. The simple method of meditation will give you new insights and a deeper understanding of your communion with God, and strength to handle life’s hurdles.
Whatever things are pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- Meditate on these things.