Hindus believe in the practice of transcendental meditation and teach that to achieve “inner peace,” you have to sit quietly while focusing on and repeating a mantra over and over. It might surprise you to know that meditation didn’t find its origins in Hinduism’s false religion. We actually see it in the scriptures but not in the way you’ve heard through spiritualism or new age thinking.
We find the prayerful practice of meditation all the way back in Genesis when Isaac, the son of Abraham, “went out to the field one evening to meditate.” (Genesis 24:63) The question is, “What did Isaac meditate on, and did he have to ‘strike a pose?”
To understand the prayerful practice of meditation, we must look deeper into what other scriptures teach. Always remember that scripture interprets scripture. It will help keep you balanced.
The next time we see mediation mentioned in scripture is when God gives Joshua a charge to lead the people of Israel. He said to Joshua, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8)
The Psalmist sheds more light on it when he says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
To meditate means to think deeply about something and can be a powerful tool in your prayer arsenal. But you have to think about the living, breathing word of God.
When you take time to meditate, think deeply on the word of God, it forces you to be quiet. To contemplate what God is teaching you from his word. It’s a time in prayer where you say, “Lord, help me understand this better.”
You’d be surprised how much I use this tool in preparing to teach God’s word. I find that when I’m quiet and thinking upon a passage of scripture, God gives me a better understanding. It opens me up to listen.
Here’s my challenge today. Take some time in prayer to be quiet and think on God’s word and listen.
Here are a few more things to meditate on in prayer.
I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:12
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15
I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:48
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise. Psalm 119:148
Day 18 Prayer Verse:
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
Day 18 Prayers:
- Pray that God would help you understand his word.
- Pray for our Small Groups that God would make them successful.
- Pray for our ministry to Temecula Valley Hospital.
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