4 Essentials For Christian Meditation
Many people would love to be closer to God and be tuned in to His plan for their lives, but don't know where to start. Others know how to meditate but struggle with consistency. There are 4 essentials for Christian meditation that will help you start or be more consistent in your quiet time with God. These essentials came from a message by Dr. Charles Stanley entitled, "Life's Most Important Activity".
Essentials For Christian Meditation
Christian Meditation Must Be A Priority
The greatest challenge to consistent time meditating with God is busyness. We are so busy. Often we are very busy doing important, godly, noble things. But as I have heard my pastor Mike Ashcraft often say, "If you are too busy to spend quiet, alone time with God, then you are busier then He intends for you to be."We are busy...
- raising our kids
- working our jobs
- working in the church
- engaging in our hobbies
- studying the Bible
- evangelizing on social media
- visiting the sick and lonely
- helping charities
... and so on.
What we must keep in mind is that when these wonderful, important things keep us from spending time in meditation and prayer, we are doing them on our own and not in the power of the Almighty God. We MUST set aside some important (good) things to make hearing from God a priority in our life.
Christian Meditation Must Have A Special Place
This is not to say you must always meditate in that place or it doesn't count. But there is something special about having a certain location you regularly meet with God. It doesn't have to be in your home, but it does need to be convenient. If the place is inconvenient you are less likely to meet God there as often. In his book The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, pastor Mark Batterson said his special place to meet with God is the roof of his church/coffee shop in Washington D.C.. My place is a sunroom/office in my home. When the weather is nice and I have a little extra time, I like to go to Ft. Fisher Battleground near my home. It was the site of a major amphibious landing and two battles during the Civil War in 1864 and 1865. I like to sit on the earthworks that were once part of the Confederate fort. From up there I can look to the east and see the Atlantic Ocean and to the west and see the Cape Fear River. It is a special place and I have had some wonderful times with God there.
Christian Meditation Must Have A Purpose
This is simple and straight-forward. Charles Stanley said the purpose must be, "To know God in an intimate, personal way". There are many benefits and secondary motivations for meditation, from physical healing to a better attitude. But the primary purpose must be to know God better. If the purpose is to know God, all the other benefits will be even sweeter.
Christian Meditation Must Have A Plan
Without a plan we tend to flounder. Plans help us be more efficient and consistent. Without a meditation plan you will likely get distracted and not spend time with God like you intended.
Charles Stanley's meditation plan is:
1. Choose a scripture
There are many great sources from which to choose your scripture for the day including: devotional books (ex. My Utmost for His Highest), select a verse from your pastors sermon last Sunday, a Bible reading plan like the ones on YouVersion, you may also subscribe to a "verse of the day" by email or twitter.
This could be half a verse or several chapters. The point is read until you feel God speaking to your heart. Then...
3. Be quiet
You can't here from God if you don't shut up and listen.
4. Journal (write down) what God reveals to you
Writing it down reinforces what God is telling you and sets it in your mind. Journaling also gives you a reference you can look back on for years to come.
With these four essentials for Christian meditation you are much more likely to be consistent in your time with God and will find yourself closer to Him than ever.
Mindful Worship's guided meditations allow you to more fully relax and focus on hearing from God by reading the scripture to you and providing some guidance, imagery, and thought provoking questions to help you slow down and hear from God. We encourage you to pause the meditations if you need more quiet time for God to speak to you before moving to the next idea or scripture. We also recommend journaling at the conclusion of each meditation. Mindful Worship is a tool you can incorporate into your meditation plan. To become a FREE+ member of Mindful Worship click here.