What is Christian Meditation?
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. - C.S. Lewis on the need for Christian meditation
Many people desire a closer, more intimate walk with God, but struggle make progress. They do "all the right things". They...
- Go to Church
- Read the Bible
- Love Others
Yet they don't see the spiritual fruit in their life they want to see. What is missing?
The answer is meditation, but not just any meditation. The missing link is Christian meditation. This answer of course brings up another question, "what is Christian meditation?" The goal here is to help you better understand what it is and what it is not, so you can grow deeper in your faith and relationship with Christ.
"Meditation: the act or process of spending time in quiet thought" - MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE
Christians are encouraged in the Bible to "meditate" on God's word. Joshua 1:8 says, "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; 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." Meaning we are to spend quiet time thinking about what we read in the Bible. This is sometimes difficult in the fast-paced society most of us live in today. In his book The Existence and Attributes of God, Stephen Charnock writes, "in our bustling era the practice of meditation is not popular".
One could read the Bible cover-to-cover every year and yet not experience the kind of life change they expect. This is because they failed to slow down and focus on the words they were reading. They were "in the Word", but the Word was not "in them". Imagine the difference between running through an art museum because you had to catch a flight (but you wanted to say you had been there) versus slowly making your way through the museum taking time to savor the beautiful works of art, pondering the meaning of each piece.
Few things frighten me more than the beginnings of barrenness
that come from frenzied activity
with little spiritual food and meditation.
John Piper from Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry
Christian Meditation and Prayer
Slowing down and taking time to meditate on God's word may have a powerful impact on your prayer life. Take the story of one of the great men of prayer in history, George Mueller. Mueller would start everyday in prayer. As soon as he woke he would begin to pray and he would continue till breakfast. The result was, "Often after having suffered much from wandering of mind for the first ten minutes, or quarter of an hour, or even half an hour, I only then began really to pray." Then Mueller made a change to his morning routine that would change his prayer life and change history.
I began to meditate on the New Testament, from the beginning, early in the morning... searching into every verse for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul. The result I have found almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation; yet, it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer. -George Mueller from Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper
Where To Start?
Mindful Worship is dedicated to help people "slow down and savor God's word". We offer a number of resources to help people develop and practice Christian meditation in their life. These include quality, thoroughly studied, guided meditations in MP3 format that can be downloaded or streamed to your computer or mobile device. If you are new to Christian meditation or to Mindful Worship or just curious here is where to start.
- Listen to the Free Guided Meditations on our site
- Check out our articles which include information on mindfulness and Christian meditation
- Become a FREE+ Member to listen to even more of our meditations totally free of charge and access to our Member's Only Discussion Area
- Go to our Christian Meditation Resources page for helpful links to even more information.
- Become a Premium Member to get all of our Christian guided meditations and printable scripts to use with your small group, Sunday school class or Bible study