In the Bible, we find great examples of people who committed their lives to God and would spend quality time in worship, and devotion, to God. These people would pray and meditate regularly and systematically. In the evenings, you could find Issac in a field meditating (Genesis 24:63). David was ritualistic in this prayer life as he would devote three different times of the day to pray and then would meditate laying on his bed at night (Psalm 55:17; 63:6). Even in the face of governmental laws that prohibited Daniel from worshiping God, he still devoted himself to praying three times each day as he had always done (Daniel 6:10). Jesus encourages us to look for times alone to pray in secret (Matthew 6:6) and He set the example in His own life to find times to be alone with God (Mark 1:35 & Luke 6:12).
When we devote minutes to meditation, it brings great spiritual reward to the Christian. I believe that we can find ourselves growing substantially in our commitment to God when we take advantage of adequate time spent with the creator of the universe.
We may have always been able to faithfully attend our gatherings and have been able to benefit significantly from that time of worship together, but things are different now. Hopefully, this isolation, social distancing, and home worship will be over soon. I long for our time together. We need it. But for the time being, we should concentrate on devoting minutes to meditation with God.
Here are a few people that I respect that support my firm belief in this matter:
- Jesus wards off the devil by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4) This helps us to see that true nourishment is not physical but spiritual in nature and comes directly from God.
- Paul recognized the power of prayer while we deal with the anxiety from the troubles of this world. He says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
- James says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). Sometimes when we face trouble, we recluse ourselves away from everyone else and away from God. But the opposite has proven to be lead to more success. Are you in trouble? Get closer to God, and He will get closer to you.
- Peter gives us the formula for successful meditation by showing us how diligence in our faith leads to more and more spiritual growth. The apostle says, “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).
We would be wise to listen to their advice by being even more devoted to prayer, meditation, study, worship, and commitment to God.
God has blessed us with an opportunity to find more minutes to meditate. Will you do it?
I love you,