The Revolutionary Prayer Life Part 5


 

“Four Inseparable Aspects of Prayer”

 

The Forth Aspect of Prayer: Meditation

 

            The forth and last aspect of prayer is meditation. Biblical meditation is what the devil will challenge the most in our daily lives. Meditation is defined as: “To ponder, to think about something carefully.” Meditation is to “think about what the Lord spoke to us.” How can we take the words of the Lord lightly? How can we just stand up from kneeling in prayer and keep going about with our lives like a common man just spoke to us? I have heard the testimony of many brothers and sisters that have only begun to understand some of the things God shared with them, years after they heard from Him about particular issues. Let’s explore together this powerful aspect of prayer.

1. How do we meditate?

 

“May my meditation be pleasing to him,
       as I rejoice in the Lord.”
(Ps. 104:34)

Our meditation should be done in a way that would be pleasing unto the Lord, which implies that there are other kinds of meditations. The Bible also goes as far as telling us that God considers our meditation; in other words; God pays special attention to what we think about. To the Chief Musician. With Flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation” (Ps. 5:1). We will expand in the kind of meditation the Lord expects from us later.

2. Where do we meditate:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
       be pleasing in your sight,
       O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
(Ps. 19:14)

We meditate in our hearts; that is the part of us that thinks, feels and decides. We meditate with our thinking, with our feelings and in our decisions.

3. When should we meditate?

 

“Blessed is the man
       who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
       or stand in the way of sinners
       or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
       and on his law he meditates day and night.”
(Ps. 1:1-2)

We should meditate always! We can talk to God, listen to what He has to say and read His Word, but if we don’t meditate on these three mentioned aspect of prayer, what we consider our prayer life will become nothing more than a religious routine with no life-changing power.

4. What should we be meditating on?

a. God’s Law (Psalm 1:1-2)

“Blessed is the man
       who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
       or stand in the way of sinners
       or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
       and on his law he meditates day and night.”

b. God’s Love (Ps 48:9)

“Within your temple, O God,
       we meditate on your unfailing love.”

c. God’s Works (145:5)

“They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
       and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

d. God’s Precepts (Ps. 119:15)

“I meditate on your precepts
       and consider your ways.”

e. God’s Wonders (Ps. 119:27)

“Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;
       then I will meditate on your wonders.”

f. God’s Promise (Ps. 119:148)

“My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
 that I may meditate on your promises.”

5. What are the benefits of such meditation?

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
       which yields its fruit in season
       and whose leaf does not wither.
       Whatever he does prospers.” (Ps. 1:3)

True meditation is the secret for favor and prosperity. This is so contradictory to the prosperity messages we hear today.

            We should never allow the devil to steal our meditation on the Lord; but we all know that in life, things happened. There are things we face; things that the devil throws at us that quickly take our meditation away. Kids getting sick, a supervisor that gets on our last nerves, someone cuts in front of you in traffic, a spouse acting crazy, a bad medical report from the doctor, tragedies, disappointments and the list goes on and on.

            May the Lord help us, no matter what, to meditate day and night in God’s law, love, great works and promises for us. May our meditation be pleasing unto Him who considers what we think always and may we have enough discipline to talk to Daddy about everything, listen to what He has to say and read His Word. May He be pleased even as we lay in our beds and find ourselves tired from long days. May we find ourselves loving God and thinking about Him like a lover thinks about his bride.

 

3 thoughts on “The Revolutionary Prayer Life Part 5

  1. Amen and Amen! Meditating on God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever!

    When we listen to God’s word, reflect on God’s works, rehearse God’s deeds, and ruminate on God’s law we bring it into our lives – we’re changed. Imagine what God could do with a people who were bold enough to take him at his Word? Imagine how different our lives would look if we were led by him, comforted by him, loved by him, blessed by him – through His Word – on a regular basis?

    Although I am only a beginner in the discipline of meditation, I have found peace and comfort and strength and hope straight from God’s heart to mine. However, it is important to note that in each of the Scripture verses you quoted, there is a stress upon changed behavior as a result of our encounter with the living God. That is because repentance and obedience are essential features of meditation. I believe meditation is simply the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word.

    We must rekindling the lost art of focusing on what is good so that the Holy Spirit can move us into new realms of faith. But to many people today this seems like a fantasy—mere wishful thinking about something that never seems to happen. But we cannot allow a struggle to find time to meditate to become amnesia; that is, allowing ourselves to forget that we need such a discipline in order to remain spiritually authentic and vital.

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