Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation
Meditation is a means of grace for the Christian. This is the thesis of David Mathis in this article which appears at desiringGod.org. Mathis lays out a solid Biblical case for the importance of meditation for the Christian. From God's commissioning of Joshua through the Psalms Mathis gives solid scripture to support the need for meditating on God's Word.
The article concludes with some great quotes by puritan theologians praising the virtues of meditation and a very practical appeal. Mindfulness and non-Christian meditation has been shown to have healing benefits for the mind and body. Mathis suggests (and I agree), the value of meditation on scripture and meditation in preparation for prayer is of far greater value for the whole person.
Excerpt from "Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation":
We were made to meditate. God designed us with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for us to not just hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
It is a distinctively human trait to stop and consider, to chew on something with the teeth of our minds and hearts, to roll some reality around in our thoughts and press it deeply into our feelings, to look from different angles and seek to get a better sense of its significance.
The biblical name for this art is meditation, which Don Whitney defines as “deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer” (Spiritual Disciplines, 48).