Christian mediation is very different from other spiritual meditation. Let’s first talk about what it is not so that we can know for sure how to properly meditate the Christian way.
It is not emptying your mind of everything. It is not focusing on nothing. It is not saying om. It is not saying a chant. It is not new age meditation.
How do you meditate?
The bible actually tells you the steps to meditation in Joshua 1:8
We see that Christian meditations have to do with the bible. It is about reading the word of God and thinking about that.
So instead of emptying our head and mind we are actually filling it with God’s word.
How long should you meditate?
Day and night. All the time. You should be reflecting on God and on His word. We also see from this verse that mediation has benefits! This is how we become successful in our Christian lives and how we get true prosperity.
Meditating on the scriptures is important because we learn about God and line up our will with His
during this process. It doesn’t matter what poses or position you take while you are meditating. You can be sitting, running, relaxing, standing. Laying down on your bed at night if you have insomnia is actually a really good time to meditate on God’s word.
Genesis 24:63 “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.”
Psalm 4:4 “Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah”
It is best to meditate on the bible verses that are related to an issue or area of your life where you are struggling. As we learned previously, “For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” So meditating on the word of God will cause you to be free from these struggles and have success over what troubles you.
So here are some steps for a Christian guided meditation.
You must ask yourself a few questions about the scriptures as you read them in order to properly meditate on them. What does it say? What does it mean to me? Do I believe it? This process is pretty much like digesting food. You take it in whole and then you chew on it when it’s been properly masticated you swallow it!
Let’s do an example
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
These are the words of Jesus and he was speaking to his disciples.
What does it say? Jesus is assuring his disciples that because they believe in him the works that he does they are going to do also and they will do even greater works than He did because He is going to God the Father
What does it mean to me? Well, I am also a disciple of Christ and I believe in Christ therefore because I believe in Him I have the ability to do the works that He did and I can do even greater works than Jesus did because He is with the Father.
Do I believe it? Well, remember when we meditate this is a process that we do with God. It is a very personal thing and also the time we should be completely HONEST. Soooooo, if I am being totally honest my first thought is NO. Why don’t I believe this? Because Jesus was the Son of God and is God so how is it possible that I would be able to do greater works than He did? Hmmm
Then again if He said that I would be able to do this then this must be possible. Because God doesn’t lie. So my unbelief is getting in the way of me believing and receiving the blessing from this scripture. In thinking about this further I begin to think that because Jesus went to the Father, I now have the HOLY SPIRIT. So because the Holy Spirit indwells me, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, I am now able to do things that I would not be able to do on my own. With the internet, I am now able to reach people beyond my own circle. Thousands of people are going to be reading this post. By the end of this year over 100,000 people will be reading this. Yes, it is possible.
This should now inspire a prayer. You see prayer and meditation goes hand in hand. It is virtually impossible for you to mediate on scripture without praying, talking, communicating with God.
So here is a sample prayer that would be prayed with this particular meditation.
“Lord, it is very difficult for me to grasp that I would ever have the ability to do greater works than you did. But, because you said it, I believe it. Cause my mind, my will, my faith to expand and believe that I can do these greater works. Show me what these greater works are. Heal me of my unbelief. Give me the dunamis Holy Spirit power to do these works. Open these doors of opportunity to do the greater works. And, keep me humble so that when they start happening I will continue to give you glory because without you I would not be able to do them, in Jesus name. Amen”
Maybe when you read that scripture you had completely different thoughts than what were expressed here – that’s OK! Remember that meditating on the scripture is about personal application. What does it mean to me? This is a question that is personal so if your thoughts on a verse is different than someone else’ that is OK. The important thing is that you believe the scripture, you are living it and acting on it for yourself.
Whenever your thoughts are not in line with the word that you are meditating on then you’ll need to pray on that and ask God to get you to the place where you believe it and you are living it.
This meditation technique can be used by anyone from a seasoned Christian to a beginner.
Be blessed and remember (Romans 12:1-2) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The only way for you to live a successful Christian life is if you mind is in agreement with God’s word.
Here is a breakthrough prayer for you.
1 thought on “How to Meditate”
Thank you so very much for your inspiring words of encouragement, wisdom and challenge to understand these Scriptures. You have answered my questions thoroughly. My desire is to understand the Word and be able to meditate on it daily, all day long. I ask myself those 3 questions, What does it say, What does it mean, What is God saying to me (or wanting to teach me).
Thank you again.