MEDITATION

Taken from the Boook- Let us Pray: Praying the Word. A Prayer Companion by Dr. Brenda F. Graham

Meditation is reflecting upon God’s Word. Unger’s Bible Dictionary discussed meditation as “a private devotional act, consisting in deliberate reflection upon some spiritual truth or mystery, accompanied by mental prayer and by acts of the affection and of the will, especially formation of resolutions as to future conduct. Meditation is a duty that ought to be attended to by all who wish well to their spiritual interests. It should be deliberate, close, and continuous.”

If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us on a continual and daily basis by meditating on the Word of God, our souls will become converted as the scriptures transform our minds, wills, and emotions (Romans 12:2).

As we reflect on God’s Words, we are to visualize them as they apply to areas in our lives. Then, the Holy Spirit takes the Word and transforms our minds, wills and emotions.


Second Corinthians 10:4,5 (NIV) reads:

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

When we turn our hearts and minds to God’s Word in response to life’s circumstances our lives begin aligned with the will and purpose of God. In addition, spiritual forces of evil and worldly weapons will not be able to invade and take hold of our lives.

God’s weapons are powerful because they are spiritual. The weapons are listed in Eph 6:11-19 and 1 Thes 5:8 include dedication to truth, righteousness, proclaiming the gospel, faith, love, hope of salvation, the Word of God, and persevering prayer.

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:11-19.”

"But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet (1 Thes. 5:8)".