I find it interesting the many Christians steer away from the word meditation. Most believe that meditation is a new age word that signifies sitting to a yoga pose. Far from this image, God tells us to meditate on His Word “day and night” – Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3. We have gone so far as to reject this wonderful practice given to us by God, which has great spiritual, physical and mental health benefits: clearing the mind, calming the body and syncs our Spirit with God Himself. It truly is a time to energize the soul.
So, what does it look like to meditate on God’s word? I’m going to give you one way (Verse Meditation), but there are many varieties – it’s all a matter of preference. This is just a guide.
- Sit in a quiet place – Sitting comfortably on the couch is fine.
- Have your Bible ready – Open your Bible to a verse you would like to focus on.
- Begin with prayer – Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you insight.
- Read the verse – Read the verse out loud slowly… do this at least three times…
- Take deep breaths – As you continue reading the verse, take a deep breath in and out slowly… notice how your body slows down… invite the Holy Spirit to calm your soul… continue taking deep breaths in and out focusing on your breath and the verse…
- Repeat the verse – Now, try repeating the verse as you continue breathing in and out slowly… don’t worry about doing this perfect… just focus on God’s Word… which word stands out? Repeat it… notice how that feels in your body… continue doing this until you feel ready to stop
- Journal – You can journal as God gives you insight or toward the end – it’s up to you. Maybe the Lord reminds you of another verse and so writing it down will allow you to go to it after you are done.
If you can incorporate this to your daily life, be assured you will feel more energized, less irritable and definitely more open to hearing God’s voice. I encourage you to take at least 10 minutes daily to start and see what happens. You can incorporate this to your daily devotions and prayer time or change things up a bit. The point here is to meditate (contemplate, absorb) God’s Word, which “is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
When we are in the presence of God – there is ALWAYS change!
Rest in His Word: Psalm 104:34
“My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.” (KJV)
- What’s your definition of meditation?
- Why do you think it’s important?
- What barriers stand in the way of making time to meditate?
- Can you think of other ways you can meditate on God’s word?
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