Resurgence roundup, 5/24/13
Fri May 24, 2013
The places grace empowers us
Thu May 23, 2013
by Justin Holcomb
‘Each next risk is the biggest one’: James MacDonald talks with Mark Driscoll
Wed May 22, 2013
by Mark Driscoll
Tue May 21, 2013
by Amanda Edmondson
From prison to ReTrain: Russell’s story
Mon May 20, 2013
Meditative Prayer: Filling the Mind
Prayer series: Click | View Series "We have some idea, perhaps, what prayer is, but what is meditation? Well may we ask, for meditation is a lost art today, and Christian people suffer grievously from their ignorance of the practice. Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God."—J.I. Packer
Let God Speak to You
In personal prayer we speak to God, but in meditative prayer we allow God to speak to us through his word and his Spirit. Never before has there been such a need to rediscover the quiet art of meditative prayer. If we are not careful, the many distractions of this world will drown out the quiet voice of God within our hearts and make us numb to our spiritual needs. We need to find a quiet place to be with God and hear his word. In stillness and solitude God speaks to our hearts and fills us with the refreshing presence of his Spirit.
Emptying vs. Filling the Mind
What do we mean by meditative prayer? Is there such thing as Christian meditation? Isn't meditation non-Christian? According to Richard Foster, "Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind. Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind" (Celebration of Discipline). Rather than emptying the mind we fill it with God's word. We must not neglect a vital part of our Judeo-Christian heritage simply because other traditions use a form of meditation. Christian meditation has its roots in the Hebrew tradition of the Bible. There are numerous Biblical references to prayerful meditation:
- "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night" (Joshua 1:8).
- "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:2).
- "I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways" (Psalm 119:15).
- "I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes" (Psalm 119:48).
- "O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day" (Psalm 119:97).
- "My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise" (Psalm 119:148).
- "I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands" (Psalm 143:5).
To be continued.