Joshua said in 1:8 that if we meditate on God day and night that we will have success and prosperity in life. Psalms 16:11, tells us that in God’s presence is fullness of joy.
The synonyms for meditate are: reflect, pray, ponder, muse, ruminate, cogitate, study, think, and contemplate. Therefore, when we integrate the word meditation with Christian, Biblical meditation is simply the practice of reflecting, musing, pondering, and contemplating God, his principles, his word, and his presence. It is generally referred to as a method used to quiet our minds so we can move from knowing about God to knowing and experience God in a personal way.
There are many ways to meditate.
- Mindful meditation: Focusing on your breathe, body, and what you are feeling and doing right in the moment.
- Scripture or word meditation: Thinking deeply about and repeating scripture and truth.
- Presence mediation: Meditating and being still focusing on the presence of God.
- Creation meditation: where you create and dream with God. Directing your thoughts and emotions to create an outcome that has not yet happened.
- Even prayer is a type of meditation. Talking to God, and listen what he has to say.
All of these have one thing in common: Focused attention on something. When your mind wonders, simply bring it back to what you are focusing on- this is like lifting a weight to strengthen the part of your brain that controls your emotions, awareness, self control, and intuition- leading to healing of the body- and communication with God.
How to Meditate
- Find a quiet place and position yourself before God in humility and reverence.
- Sit with your back erect, but comfortable. Rest your hands in your lap (on top of your open bible if you can).
- Close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose, stomach extending out.
- Starting from the top of your head- begin to relax and release every part of your body. Relax the face, relax the shoulders, relax the legs.
- Bring your focus to your heart area- imagining the breathe going in and out of your chest.
- In your mind, choose what you are focusing on: A bible verse, a word like “shalom” or simply Jesus’s presence. Repeat what you are focusing on over and over.
- When you catch yourself thinking of other things, simply return to repeating the phrase. You will meet resistance and hear yourself say that you can’t focus. Do not fight with yourself. Simply return to your point of focus and the mind and body will soon comply. Stay with this for 20 minutes. You may find it takes 15 minutes to quiet yourself. Persevere.
“My Word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
The words of God have power and they set out to accomplish something within us. They challenge us to repent, lift us to rejoice, prompt us to change. Receive God’s personal word to you.
Here are a few passages to begin with:
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
2 Corinthians 2:14-17