Basic Christian Meditation & Prayer Guidlines
A snapshot of Biblical meditation in Scripture.
Basic Principle: Context is always important in meditation.
Read Luke 24:13-48 – Jesus walking with His disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Luke 24 begins after the resurrection. Two disciples are walking back to their homes, they even heard the reports that Jesus was alive. They didn’t believe the news and were walking home with heads hanging down, sad, and discouraged on the third day. Jesus strolled up and walked with them, but they didn’t know it was Him at first.
This is an example of meditation with a visual aid of what meditation might look like in small portions and how to do it, stresses certain words, and using line breaks.
As they reached their village, Jesus would have continued on,
v29 “But they constrained Him, saying, ‘Abide (stay, remain) with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.’ And He went in to stay with them.”
Describing Biblical Meditation within this passage:
v30 “Now it came to pass as He (Jesus) sat at table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.”
v31 “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him, and He vanished from their sight.”
This is a good example of Biblical Meditation.
Jesus takes the bread of the Word,
breaks it, (reveals insights)
and gives each a portion for prayer, (receive)
and makes Himself known through the Word.
v32 “And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us
on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?
v33 “So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, (response)
v34 saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’”
(This was revelation to them. Paul speaks of this in 1 Corinthians 15:5, that Jesus was seen by Peter first before the other disciples.)
v35 “And they told about the things that happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.”
v45 “And He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”
This is after Jesus made it plain for the second time how He fulfilled all the Scriptures concerning Himself as Messiah.
vv 27, 44
As you meditate, Jesus gives you portions of the Word to each one.
Be willing to receive because of trust and belief. (Matthew 7:8,9 Ask and receive.)
Your part of the broken Word is the foundation for your prayer.
This is a picture of meditation, Jesus is not physically there, but is spiritually real. You know His presence.
He speaks through your thoughts and impressions. As you continue to meditate, your knowledge and intimacy with Jesus will grow.
This is one of the benefits of meditation. Meditation requires a response. You must apply (respond to) the Word personally. When God is speaking the Living Word to you, He expects a response.
That’s the life-changing part of meditation. To respond to Scripture, be honest, and come into agreement with the Word you received. Jesus will meet you where you are.
Respond as you receive, during your quiet time of meditation. For example, maybe v29 was what God seems to be saying to you. He speaks through your thoughts and impressions about what you are reading.
v29 “Abide with us.” (the disciples asking Jesus to abide, to stay with them)
To abide with Him calls for time seeking Him, staying in His presence. Your response can range from a strong “YES!” to being lukewarm.
“Am I fearful I will not be able to do it?” or “I don’t know where I am.” You are known by God, and He knows where you are, and desires to draw you closer.
Benefit: The life changing part of meditation
transforms your soul.
When necessary He uses the Word to bring you to repentance and to renew your mind through His word. Your desires and actions bring you into maturity as you learn to respond to Him through the Word.
Response: These disciples walked seven miles back to Jerusalem to share,
v 35 “They told how Jesus met them on the road and how they recognized Him in the breaking of bread.”
Read slowly through the passage of Scripture, v13-48
In a group, each read a verse,
Take a silent time and look at the Word again,
Ask and believe the Holy Spirit to lead you to your part of the Word,
Receive from the Word,
When you’re in a prayer group, share briefly what each received to get the full prayer picture, then pray out what you received with others including their prayer insight. Your response is between you and the Lord. Remember long sharings use up the prayer time.