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Here are some tips that will teach you how to meditate on the word of God. But before we get into HOW to do it we may first want to get into WHY we do it.
Why Are We Supposed To Meditate On The Word Of God?
For the Bible teaches us:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful. Joshua 1:8
The most obvious reason why we meditate on the word of God is so that we follow what is in it. And one of the most important things that you must know about the Bible is that it is a living document.
Do not just see the Bible as some outdated book that cannot teach you something now. Because that is not true. Also, check out my video below on how to hear God’s voice and subscribe to my channel by clicking here. The first tip on how to meditate on the word of God is:
First, Absorb What You Are Reading
The most important tips on how to meditate on the word of God is to actually meditate on the words.
- As you read the Bible remember to mentally absorb the words, understand what you are reading, and what lessons you can learn from it.
- Take a pause after each chapter or a couple of verses and recite back to yourself what you just read. And what you feel the point of that chapter was and what you can learn from it.
- If you find yourself reading a few chapters and you cannot really remember what you read, don’t be afraid to go back and re-read that part.
When you go about reading the Bible this way it will actually help you understand what you are reading. It will also help you retain what you are reading so that you can even meditate on what you have read throughout the day.
Second, Go In your Prayer Closet:
The Bible tells us to go into our prayer closet when we want to talk to God.
But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6
This does not mean that you need to go into an actual room or closet. But rather it speaks of not getting distracted. Because you cannot really connect to God’s word if you are distracted by something else.
When I read the Bible or do anything for that matter I AM VERY guilty of being distracted. It’s my ADHD. I always like having the TV on or other distractions going on around me. Even when I sleep. But I had to stop that when reading the word.
Therefore, here are some tips that will help you get into your prayer closet as a peaceful surrounding will help you meditate on God’s word a lot easier.
- Before each lesson, prepare your mind, get to a place that is quiet, do not have a lot of distractions around you so much so that you are only halfway listening and halfway not.
- Get creative on where your prayer closet is but allow it to be a peaceful space that puts you in a good mood.
But most importantly your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you. Being alone with God and able to hear, talk, read, and communicate with God is where you will get the most out of this. Don’t allow God’s voice to be competing over the many distractions you have in your life.
Third, Be Open To What You Are Hearing
For many churchgoers, we have heard many sermons on the Bible. But when you start to read the Bible I want you to remember to be open and not be afraid to derive your own meaning. When we talk about how to meditate on God’s word, YOU are the one that is mediated.
So do not be afraid to derive your own meaning. Even if you have not heard the word interpreted that way before. When I started to read the Bible God started to teach it to me in a very different way. Allowing me to see things that I had not learned in church and I didn’t know what to make of it.
But the more I became open the more I learned. I didn’t feel like I needed to follow a handbook of what each Bible book meant that is just like everyone else’s teaching.
And that is the beauty of it and how you can learn to hear God’s voice clearer. So my tip to you is as you learn how to meditate on the word of God is to remain open. Don’t shut yourself down if you get a hidden meaning from the Bible that you have not heard before. It’s okay. And oftentimes it can mean you are on the right track.
Last, Take Notes
Remember when you meditate on the word of God it is something that you should think about and refer to long after you have read the chapters. This is why the Bible verse urges us to meditate on the word day and night.
This is why taking notes can be the perfect and way to refer back to God’s word. You can click here to see some of my Christian journal recommendations and click here to read my blog on how to take notes on the Bible.
Overall learn to take notes in a way that is beneficial to you. You can categorize your notes for example categories on strength, relationships, self-esteem, etc. This way you can refer back to your notes on a particular subject matter whenever you are in need of encouragement for that area.
These are the ways in which you can learn how to meditate on the word of God. Not only is meditating on the word about just reading, but actually absorbing, and as you go about your day and interact with the world you apply the information that you have read.
Because God’s word can give us instructions on how to live our life. Also, you may want to check out my Christian Manifestation Guide with Bible verses and affirmations for each verse that will help teach you how to meditate on the word of God. Just click here to buy.