What is it?
While Eastern meditation attempts to empty the mind, this kind of meditation is an attempt to consume it with God. Biblical meditation is setting yourself before the Lord to receive revelation from His Word. The purpose is to receive more of the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5 says how to get the knowledge of God and this is the first step: receiving God’s words and treasuring His commands.
There is nothing quite like taking an hour to meditate on a short phrase (like “Our Father in Heaven”), asking the Holy Spirit to teach you about it, and receiving your own revelation on it (and then feeling silly that you didn’t see that before!)
Everyone who practices meditation does it a little differently. Here’s how I do it:
- Pick a verse you want to meditate on (or a portion of Scripture you want to take a few weeks to go through).
- Worship for a bit.
- Begin to meditate on the first phrase of the first verse (e.g. if the phrase is “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” try just meditating on “In the beginning”).
- Repeat the phrase over and over.
- Thank the Holy Spirit for the truth of the verse (e.g. “Thank you that You were in the beginning”).
- Ask questions – lots of questions. Write down any answers you get.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal more to you
Meditate for 20 minutes before you move on to the next part of the verse. Once you get the hang of it, try going for 2 hours on one phrase. It may seem impossible at first, but it’s amazing how long you can stay on one phrase when the Holy Spirit is speaking!
I’ve made my meditation page available for download here.
Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Madame Guyon is a book written in simple language to make meditation approachable for everyone
This post is a part of a series on different types of prayer. Click here to read the rest of the series.