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Just Quote’n – Charles Spurgeon #5

If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.

– Charles Spurgeon | The power in prayer

Click Pause || and think. Thoughts on Meditation.

In my church, we spent time going through Psalm 119. Which, random fact for you, is the longest segment/chapter in the Bible with 176 verses in it. Most of the verses in that segment deal directly with The Word of God.  It refers to how the Psalmist finds himself meditating on The Word. As I read it I couldn’t help but ask, does meditation have a place in our lives now and what does it look like?

Let’s face it:  we are busy, busy people. There is always somewhere that we need to get to and we are generally rushing there. There is always a deadline for a project that we need to meet, long nights are normal for us. When I am working, and I don’t think I am alone in this one, we always have something playing in the background. Music or videos of some kind are normally playing while we are busy with something else. On top of this, think about when you are just watching something, how often do you pick up your phone and check your social media or reply to messages? Yes, we are busy and distracted people. We call it multi-tasking and we all think we have mastered it, but none of us really know how to single-task anymore and just focus our attention. So, no wonder meditation seems strange to us. Why would anyone slow down when life looks great at a fast pace? We really should learn to understand the benefits of meditation.

Allow me to define meditation briefly. Firstly, what is Christian meditation? This will help us understand what it is not by comparison.

When I speak about mediation as a Christian I am talking about thinking about the Lord and His promises. Meditation is about focusing and dwelling our thoughts upon one topic and not allowing distraction to take our attention away. A common phrase used is ‘quiet time’ or ‘devotionals’.  The way these are simply explained is that time in the day when you read your bible and pray. Well, meditation would be the portion in between your reading and your prayer. It is the time when you bring your thoughts under control and direct your mind into conscious thought about the Lord and His Word.

It is about taking the time to leverage the spiritual life God has given us to enjoy the relationship we can have with Him. Cheesy statement? Maybe. But for real, how often do we take it for granted? We give time to our earthly relationships, but barely spend time considering our God. There is so much to think about and read and pray about! Meditation is the biblical application of the truth in God’s Word as we read it, consider it and then pray about it.

Meditation involves reading His Word intentionally and it involves prayer. It is filling our mind and thinking about the Lord not emptying our minds as other methods try to do.

Here is where we talk about what meditation is not. Many other religions have practises of meditation. Much of the meditation methods you will see around you are influenced by Eastern religion. Simply said the focus of these methods is to discover ‘inner peace’. It is about letting go of our worries and emptying our minds of the busyness. Sometimes this involves chants, sometimes it involves breathing techniques and sometimes, incense. But mainly the difference here is that this focus is on emptying yourself of stress. Whereas Christian meditation is not focused on emptying or on yourself but primarily on the Lord and His word (and how He can fill us up). David Mathis from Desiring God says it like this;

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Just Quote’n – Thomas Watson #1

“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is, because we do not warm ourselves at the fires of meditation.”

– Thomas Watson

Take time to think about what you read and pray about it. Don’t rush to the next activity. Let it sink in.

Reasons to love God

A couple of years ago I was asked to think about my love for God. I wrote it out as a prayer and recently I stumbled upon that note and thought I would share it below.


I thank you Lord that I am never beyond repair. Your grace is always bigger than my mistakes.

I love you Lord because you loved me when I was nothing more than a vile sinner. Not only have you saved me but you continue to save me from myself and when I am too stubborn to listen, and fall, you are always willing to forgive. I love you Lord because you have the best planned for me. I can trust in your guiding hand to lead me down the right path and not to harm me. You shaped and fashioned me in my mother’s womb and still continue to shape me into the person you want me to be. I love you Lord because you allow me to be a part of your story here on earth. You don’t need me but you choose to use me. Thank you for letting me be used by you. Thank you for hearing when I cry out about big things in my life. Thank you for hearing me when I cry out about silly things in my life. Thank you that you not only hear me but that you answer me, in a perfect way.

Lord you never let go, when I went through times of great depression and loss, you were there. Thank you.

I thank you Lord that with you there is no need for a facade, I don’t need to try to impress you or pretend that everything is OK when it is not. Because you know the true me, you have seen me at my lowest and my best, you know the depths of my heart Lord but you love me the same. And I love you too.

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