Do you Meditate on his word? Today more and more people in the western part of the world are involved in meditation than ever before. This is in one of its many forms, rooted in the eastern part of the world. This is a practice that has long been prescribed by the Lord God himself. In Joshua 1:8, it is instructive, from the mouth of the Lord himself.
In Psalm 1:2, it is prescriptive. They share an agreement that, there is a blessing upon those who meditate on the Lord’s law, which is his word. The goal of any believer must be to become one with the word of God. It should influence our thoughts and guide our actions as well.
There are many methods that could be used when it comes to how one may go about meditating on the word of God. David said that he had hidden it in his heart, Psalm 119: 11, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Considering that David was not a perfect man and that he did sin, there is something to be learned about hiding the word in one’s heart.
When it is in your heart, it becomes a part of you. The only danger in this, is the lack of reflection that meditation offers. The key word being “day and night”. The human mind and psyche are sponge-like in many senses. The most well-mannered man will find himself letting a foul word or two out of his mouth if he spends enough time around foul mouthed individuals.
Meditation is an active process. It is continuing to mull on the word, even when you know it. It is in doing this that we begin to reflect this lamp onto parts of our lives that have long been hidden.
As much as one’s walk with Christ is an individualistic goal, there is a need for community to be tied to it. This allows for support in your times of need, as well as for you to also support others when they need it. We are never told of Peter’s prayers when he was in prison, it is the prayers of his colleagues that we read about. It is those prayers that brought him out of prison. There is value in community. The bible says to not forsake the gathering of the saints.
Most churches have some sort of mid-week meeting. This is the sort of place where communal meditation takes places. It is a place where the word of God is shared, discussed and considered. The part of meditation in this is finding application for the word that we have discussed. Joshua says, “it should not depart from your mouth”. The normal being mentally processes things before they are to be vocalised. That mental processing is a part of meditating.
When done within a community, you have walls to bounce your thoughts off. It isn’t always about having people who agree with your interpretation, rather those who share alternative views. I believe it is in communal meditation that the Holy Spirit was first poured unto the disciples. As they were gathered in one place, with a shared accord, the spirit of the Lord descended on them. To use a church cliché, “They were never the same again.”
Psalm 133 tells us how God adores the presence of unity among his people. It is there that he commands his blessing. If we cannot be united by meditating on the wonderful word of the Lord, I do not know what else could bring believers together.
We were recently engaged in a lovely discussion about this with a good friend and a brother in Christ.
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to His message. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!”
Day to day ministry demands efficiency, planning and meetings with fellow man. All of these are key to making sure that the work of the Lord is carried out well. Unfortunately, we often become carried by our tasks that we neglect the essential presence of the Lord. I love how the scripture accurately describes the tasks that Martha was engaged in as “distractions”.
It is very easy to begin to find your worth in ticking down tasks on your ToDo list. Many a gifted minister has become comfortable and even finding validation in the blessing that their gifts are to the body of Christ. This is why gifted prophets and others whose walk is often followed by miracles will veer out of the right path and have no one to correct them.
The body of Christ is after the gifts that we easily miss the void that they become in the absence of Christ. We are told that some will come and ask the Lord why he hasn’t accepted them into his presence when their walk on earth was characterised by signs and wonders in his name. Yet he will rebuke them, “Get away you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.”
Cast tasks aside that your eyes may always remain fixed on whom you are doing these things for and through. Lord forbid that prayer warriors would neglect meetings with God to have more meetings with fellow men. The power that is exhibited in public should be backed by what has been and continues to be done in private.
In verse 41 of the scripture above, Jesus makes a very bold statement, “Only one thing is necessary!”
This is not to say that we must neglect the good things we do in his name, but without a foundation being set in time spent at his feet, we are building in vain. God forbid that we would labour in vain, only to please men and ourselves, but have it fall flat in the Lord’s eyes.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[a] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
This is an essential building block to prayer life. Abiding in him. Every prayer warrior should actively pursue oneness with Christ. Get to a place where you walk in his will and actively seek to correct your ways when you step out of his will. When you abide in Christ, you can no longer be comfortable in your sin, even when it may be brushed aside or accepted by leaders and Christian comrades.
Christ himself becomes your standard, not what is acceptable in church eyes.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
Abide in him, sit at his feet, search his heart. May concealed matters to be revealed.
This is module is part of the Prayer Tools, Prayer Course.