Meditation for the Christian or believer has always seemed somewhat elusive. Unlike the disciplines of prayer and fasting, which can involve groups, meditation has attracted less of a following, being more of an individualistic activity. However, our stressful lives and technologically driven society have certainly created a need and space for meditation. Though there are many different types of meditations, the Bible is quite clear about the type of meditation for believers. The Christian meditation should focus on the principles of God’s word. Our minds are, therefore, never emptied or detached. Instead our minds are focused on filling the space with God’s words and developing a deeper attachment to Him. Hence, meditation is essential and should be a practice of every believer’s life.
Instructions to meditate
One of the scripture references that best conveys this importance is Psalm 1: 2-3:
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do. (NLV)
So significant is the Word of God to believers that they are instructed to think about it throughout the day from dusk to dawn. Sadly, our minds would rather be filled with worries and concerns rather than the life and energy that come from the Word of God. That’s why meditation is a discipline, requiring time to be set aside. Like most activities involving the body, the more a behavior is practiced, the more it is reinforced. Our thoughts, words and action create energy and our reality. Our brains contain billions of cells called neurons, which communicate to each other by sending electrical charges. The words we hear, think about and speak create the life around us.
Christian meditation that changes the mind
Our thoughts control our life. Training the mind to focus on the right things, according to God’s instruction, ensures that we are successful in life. Our body, mind and spirit when properly aligned with God produce a life that brings forth more life. In Psalm chapter 1, the believer bears fruit in season. God’s word carries energy, power–a life of its own. Can you imagine the impact the Word of God can have on our minds if we discipline ourselves daily to meditate on it? Hebrew 4:12 says, it “is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires”. With the practice of meditation, our reality can become what the Word says.
Find a quiet place to sit. Using the scripture reference from Psalm 1: 2-3, take 5-15 minutes to meditate on it. Meditation is as natural as breathing.
Think on these things.