Yesterday one of our daughters told Cindy and I about a friend who interrupted her as she was praying for her. She asked her not to pray. She claims to not really believe in God or in Jesus. Yet she also claims to be “a spiritual person”. There are “spiritual” people who speak about meditation. What do they meditate about?
Meditation has become identified with non-Christian practices. It is part of many spiritually counterfeit groups and movements like yoga, transcendental meditation, relaxation or some New Age ideas – about meditating on one’s self.
We are commanded to think on certain things – godly things. That is meditating. Christian meditating is involved with filling our minds with the things of God. Secular meditating is about emptying one’s mind or visualization and creating your own reality. Basically that is called daydreaming. It’s potentially dangerous as it is potentially opening one’s self up to spiritual forces of darkness to fill that void.
In Joshua 1:8 God told Joshua “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…” Christians are told to think on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable (Phil. 4:8). Christian meditation is about focusing on an object. That object is the word of God. Read a Scripture several times. Try to memorize it and then put it in your own words. Think to ask, “What is this teaching me?” Look for applications of that text in your activities for that day. Through the day, ask God to help you live your life in light of that verse.