Hearing God’s Voice Through Meditation
Meditation is a form of prayer because it is communication with God through prayerful listening. In meditation we are listening for God’s voice through His Word and the impressions He speaks to our heart. It is essential to remember that genuine prayer is a relationship and not just a habit or ritual. A genuine relationship requires talking and listening.
PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR DAILY MEDITATION
1. In our daily Bible reading, we should ask God to speak to our heart.
When we read God’s Word, we should not approach it just as a book of history and doctrinal teachings. we must approach the Bible as God’s personal word to us on each day. After reading a few verses we should pause and ask, “God, what are you saying to me? By doing the aforementioned, prayer and Bible reading become inter-connected.
2. When we have completed our daily reading time of the Bible reading and prayer, we can write down key ideas and impressions.
We can Keep a journal or notebook of our daily time with God. A great advantage of journaling is that we form the habit of writing down the specific promises God reveals to our heart. Writing down key thoughts and impressions helps us to get into a serious habit of listening for God’s voice.
3. Fill your life with the Word of God.
The more we are exposed to God’s Word, the more He speaks to us and transforms our life. Surrounding yourself with God’s Word is one variation of meditation.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
INNOVATIVE WAYS TO BE FILLED WITH GOD’S WORD.
a. Playing tapes of Scripture reading while you drive.
b. Playing music that is made up of songs with Scripture lyrics.
c. Participating in one of today’s Scripture memorization programs
The more we know and meditate on God’s Word, the easier we will recognize His voice when He speaks.
4. When we pray, be sensitive to God’s specific impressions through which He leads us to focus on various issues of concern.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
FINAL WORD: Meditation is the practice of listening to God’s voice as He speaks through His Word and prayer. Meditation is the intentional act of listening to God. You and I must come to Bible study and prayer expecting to hear a personal word from a personal God.