How Contemplation and Meditation on God’s Word Helps Us in Our Walk with Christ
Contemplation and Meditation is a form of silent prayer that helps us to come closer to God. Unlike modern forms of meditation – linked with relaxation and yoga – meditating on God’s Word is a way of renewing our mind (not emptying it!).
The Word of God tells us we are three-part creation; Body (flesh), Spirit, and Soul (mind/emotions).
1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV: And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The father of lies, Satan, takes control through our thoughts when we are still in our fallen state – and will continue to occupy our mind (if we allow him to) even after we are saved – in an attempt to control the actions/desires/impulses of the flesh. If we allow Satan and his demons to suggest things to us through our thoughts and do not rebuke or resist these unholy thoughts, we allow our lives to be consumed by our fleshy desires and may easily fall back into sin. We will fail to walk the path Jesus has walked before us and will miss out on all that our Father has prepared for us if we do not break free from our old self and put on the new man.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
As born-again believers, we are given a new spirit the moment we are saved. The spiritually re-born believer is instantly and supernaturally connected to the spirit of God. This re-birth, which Jesus spoke about with Nicodemus, is the only way to The Father God and is the door to eternal life. Jesus Christ is the key to unlock that door.
John 3:1-8 KJV: There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
When we are reborn by the Spirit of God, we become what our Father God always wanted us to become; and we begin to experience changes in our approach to life, our view of the world, our relationships, and our inner character. The Spirit of God brings about these changes by planting the seed of eternal life within us the moment we accept Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour. As we continue to follow God and abide in His Word, this seed will grow and bear fruit (visible signs of positive change in our lives through the knowledge of and relationship with Jesus Christ).
God gives us His spirit to make this all possible. Without His spirit, we would not be able to make these changes on our own. We can look at this like a spiritual transplant – where God takes away all that was bad and gives to us all that is good.
It’s not a done deal, though!
It is our role as Sons and Daughters of God to renew our minds with The Word of God; by reading, meditating and contemplating upon His Word. The renewal of our mind drowns out the noise of unhealthy thoughts from our old selves and creates a catalog of scripture that we can reference as and when we need.
Should Every Believer Practise Silent Prayer?
Silent prayer takes time to master and is not always the best place to start if you are searching for a way to speak with – and listen to – God.
Without a good foundation of The Word of God, it is easy to drift during silent meditation and allow your thoughts and feelings to take you to a place that is not part of our Father’s plan for you. The path to eternal life is one which is walked daily from the very moment you become truly saved and that path will have pitfalls, diversions, and distractions along its’ route and unless your knowledge of God’s Word is deep you will find yourself falling away from The Truth.
For this reason, we recommend spoken (audible) prayer to begin with.
Meditate and contemplate upon The Word as your knowledge of the scriptures grows and seek His guidance always and often as you grow in love and understanding.
James 1:5 KJV: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.