Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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. Joshua 1:8
Prayer is when you talk to God, meditation is when you listen to God.
Life, the world we live in and our minds are noisy! We may overhear a conversation on the train, and have it pop up into our thoughts when we are trying to fall asleep, then wonder “what in the world?”. The thing is that we are receptive beings, so our subconscious mind absorbs anything and everything. I usually take my time to confront all the thoughts, including the crazy, random, angry and strange ones on a daily basis. If we are not careful we begin to hoard thoughts and ideas, from people and places which aren’t even our own. Life in itself is distracting, but when your mind is full of conversation- you need to take time away to center yourself.
God’s desire is that we meditate on Him and His word. Even though we all have mental battles, recurring and pop up thoughts- we can dominate our minds. We can pretty much dominate everything, for some people self control is a foreign word- but LIFE REQUIRES SELF DISCIPLINE AND SELF CONTROL. To meditate on God means to reflect on Him, His character or His scriptures. Meditation sounds like a complicated thing, but it simply means to think. Meditation means turning your attention from your many thoughts, feelings and focusing on the present moment or one single thing.
- contemplation, thinking, pondering, consideration, reflection
- deliberation, study, concentration
- a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject
Meditation (Psychological perspective):
- the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference.
For instance, “soaking” is another way of “being still” in God’s presence (spending time with God in a waiting posture). It’s not a new or modern practice, except that now people use background music but in old practice there was usually no music involved. It was simply sitting in silence, and listening for God’s still voice. I love to be alone with God, and I don’t exactly need to be around people or with them to be okay. Of course I experience lonely times, and discontentment but I believe God healed a part of me long ago. I like to develop myself, and so thinking and comparing myself to God’s word is my meditation, because it thinking by quiet reflection. Most of the direction, and the warnings I receive come from the time I give myself and take for myself to think things through and wait on God. I usually meditate according to the battle or hurdle I am facing, and I ask God to reveal the key points which I can use to overcome. Most of my strategies come from times of reflection. When we are at rest, we can hear God better- and not be fooled by our emotions, our anxieties or other people (circumstances). God doesn’t shout to get our attention, which is why meditation allows us to hear from God by impressions, visions, thoughts, scriptures and even His still voice.
God tells us in Philippians to think on things are true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse; things that are pure, lovely, of good report… God says fill your mind with these things, and meditate on them. If we are thinking about the past, it should be something we were proud of; an accomplishment, achievement, or even someone who brings us happy thoughts NOW. If we think on failures, deceptions, rejections; we are filling our minds up with garbage. If we are to think of the future, we ought to think about the goals, dreams, plans that we are excited to achieve; not think about how disastrous it may turn out, or who may someday reject us or leave. Our minds need to be focused, and we have the power to dominate our minds.
Lord Jesus, thank you for this reminder. Thank you for bringing this knowledge to the people who will be reading. I ask that you help us all to accept, reject and capture our thoughts and emotions. I also pray for increased wisdom, discernment and self control. I know that you have not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, power and a sound mind; and I pray that we walk in this truth. In Jesus name, Amen.