Christians have practiced meditation for centuries. In an effort to clear the mind of distractions during meditation, people have focused on a crucifix, a passage in scripture, or a parable or a teaching of Jesus.
Other forms of meditation tell you to focus on the tip of your nose, or to contemplate your navel. Some will tell you to use a chant or a mantra.
Most people who practice meditation are seeking peace in a confused world. But only Jesus Christ is unequaled in his ability to produce peace at the deepest level. Therefore, it makes great sense to meditate on him, his teachings and miracles and the mighty acts of God. All other forms are second best.
The psalmist has it together when he says, “I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord, I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work and muse on your mighty deeds” (Psalm 77:11).
Meditation has always been a form of prayer practiced by God’s people. It follows that each of us should consider Christian meditation as a means of encountering God and being blessed by God.
Here are several steps that might help you get into Christian meditation:
First, find a time and a place where you can be alone with God. Maybe you’ll have to get up 15 minutes earlier to do it.
Be patient as you begin, you will get better at it with practice. Decide you’ll try it for a month before deciding if it is a helpful prayer form for you.
Take several deep breaths and relax as you begin. Think, “I am alone with God, all is well.”
Next, cleanse your mind of any sins or angry feelings that may be separating you from God and others. Believe that God is anxious to forgive you. Then confess them. Thank God for his forgiveness. Then think of God’s greatness and love.
Now put your self-will in gear and say, “God, I’m ready to hear anything you want to say to me.”
Then listen. Dialogue with God about your life and who you are becoming. One of the purposes of meditation is to help you make your life and the world a more beautiful place. A God Whisper
Christian meditation really works. It creates a mind-set where God can send his signals through to you. Contemplate neither your nose nor your navel but meditate upon the Lord. Invite God to put his hand upon your shoulder. It’s Lent! Just Do it!!
Thanks to John H. Krahn