Christian meditation is a spiritual practice that can help you to enhance your relationship with God by deepening your understanding of God. Joshua 1:8 say: 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. This goes on to show that if you obey God’s commands, he blesses you massively hence your relationship with him is strengthened. Christians can meditate by stilling their mind and heart, thus making them more open to the principle of their faith. The stillness allows you to center and ground your attention in prayer or reading.
Christian meditation techniques
- Guided Christian meditation: Here you are guided by a CD through meditation. This method is much recommended for beginners. First, bible verses or stories are read to you and then you meditate on them. This kind of meditation looks at many topics that enable you to trust God for healing, release painful memories of the past or control negative thoughts.
- Using a scripture: This is done by sitting in the quietness of your room or any quiet place of your choice and then meditate to God by abiding. You can choose a scriptural phrase like Come Lord Jesus to focus on and anchor your attention. You could also create an image in your mind and focus on it. As you continue practicing to be still and calm your thoughts, a greater feeling of God’s presence will be sensed. You will also be more sensitive to hear God’s voice.
- Join a meditation group: You can start by locating a meditation group in your area and join it. If there is none, you can form your own group with your friends. In a group, you can get instructions on how to meditate from meditation veterans. The group can usually meet once or twice a week and the facilitator shares a short teaching with the group. Then they meditate on it for around 20 minutes. Afterwards, there could be a shared discussion or Christians can be told to leave quietly so as not to disturb the ones who are still waiting on the Lord.
- Meditating on God’s word: This form is what the Christian monks refer to as contemplative prayer. It involves choosing a short biblical passage or scripture to read and then reflect on it the whole day. You can then take these scriptures and make them your own by measuring your behavior by them . Then think of changes you need to make in order for your life to be reflective of the passages.
Conclusion: All the four forms of Christian meditation can change you and make your life more Christ-centered, fulfilling and balanced. Hence, every Christian is bound to meditate in order to reap the rewards from a closer relationship with the Lord and the peaceful time that meditation commands from an otherwise hectic schedule.