Just to clarify a few things….
I see a lot of focus on taking time out to meditate today due to the COVID-19 situation and I want to do my part to clarify how to use prayer and meditation to communicate with God. I see lots of words tossed around on social media and I think people are confused because the words are vague and mean different things to different people. Like I have faith (faith in what?), I’m spiritual (what does this mean to each person independently)? or the universe can do this or that (which we know is not the universe but rather the one and only living God)! So here are my thoughts this morning…
Prayer and meditation are two forms of communion and communication with God. They are both effective to attain peace with God. True happiness is when we are at peace with God and walking in his will. In other words, we are reconciled with God through the gift of Jesus’ death on the cross and forgiveness of our sins. When then have a personal relationship with God and talk to him in various ways. And he talks to us too!
For Christians, prayer involves our minds and hearts, because when we pray we are actively praising, thanking God, seeking forgiveness, or asking God to address our needs or the needs of others in a specific way.
Meditation in the Bible means reflective thinking on biblical truth so that God is able to speak to us through scripture and through the thoughts that come to mind as we are reflecting on the Word. Meditate to apply what you have read in the Bible to your daily life and to ask for help in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand the message from the scriptures. The Bible speaks about the value of meditation and its purposeful placement before the act of prayer.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-10
Here are some ways to reflect on biblical truths….
• First ask the Holy Spirit to open you understanding of the scriptures. Oh my does this change things!
• Personalize the passage you are reading (Put your name in the verse as God is speaking specifically to you)
• Give attention to each word of each verse. Don’t read it like a novel but rather for understanding.
• Illustrate the main concepts found within the passage. What is the big picture message here??? I like to share these later with someone when they resonate with me. It makes for a very enjoyable conversation.
• Meditate on Scripture as you go about your day, as you go to sleep at night, or even when you wake up and cannot get back to sleep.
You don’t need to make an appointment with GOD because he is accessible 24/7 and 365! Forever! So today focus on the promises of God when you pray and meditate for all of humanity as we deal with COVID-19. And may the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hears and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Isiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you: I will uphold you with my righteous right hand