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A Bible Study on Prayer and Meditation

This blog post will look at what the Bible says about prayer and meditation. When we talk about meditation, we are talking about meditation on God’s Word. Prayer and meditation are spiritual disciplines that are very important for every Christian. It is impossible to live a Christian life without meditating on the Scriptures and praying. Meditating on the Scriptures and praying to God are also known as the means that God has instituted to give us grace. For example, if you need God’s grace to live a holy life, it is hard to imagine having the grace to do it without praying to God or reading the Bible at all. (John 1:16)

Here is one prayer you can pray to keep up your spiritual discipline:

Heavenly Father, give me the grace to maintain my spiritual discipline, so that I will always be consistent in reading Your Word and praying towards You. I pray that you will also give me the grace to always prioritize these spiritual disciplines and that I will always make time for them. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

What does it mean to meditate on Scripture?

Meditation is different than reading. When you read the Bible, thinking about the Scripture ends after you close the Bible and go on your way, because you have finished reading it. Meditation, on the other hand, is different. You will still be thinking about the Scripture you have read, even after your personal quiet time with God is over. For example, if you read a verse about being humble in your quiet time, you will keep thinking about being humble throughout the day. It is similar to the last song syndrome, where it repeatedly plays in your head long after you finish listening to a song. Just because you read your Bible doesn’t necessarily mean that you are meditating on God’s Word. This also does not mean that reading is bad. We should read our Bibles, but it does not end there.

One of the things you can pray for as you read God’s Word is that you will not stop at simply reading, but will meditate on it as well. Here is one of the ways you can pray for it:

Heavenly Father, give me the grace to read Your Word and meditate on it day and night. Just as work, family, and other things occupy my mind, I pray that Your Word will occupy my mind above all. Help me always consider your laws and precepts and always remember what You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

What does the Bible say about meditation and prayer?

The Bible tells us in Joshua 1:8 to meditate on God’s Word day and night. That means that we should always think about God’s Word. Aside from Joshua 1:8, several other verses talk about meditation. Here are some of them:

Psalm 119:15

I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Psalm 1:2

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalm 143:5

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

Psalm 63:6

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Reading the given verses, we can see that meditating on God’s Word is not just limited to things God has commanded us. Meditating on God’s Word involves meditating on everything about God and the things of God. For example, you can meditate on what God has done for you in the past. As you meditate on them, know that God is faithful, even if you are currently encountering challenges, because you have been meditating and remembering the things God has done for you. Of course, it is also important to meditate on God’s laws and the things He has commanded because we should obey them every single moment of our lives.

There are so many things that the Bible tells us about prayer. One is that the Bible commands us to pray. Prayer is our form of communication with God. If God communicates to us through His Word, we communicate or talk with God through our prayers. For example, we ask and pray to God if we need wisdom. We also pray before God if we need help with something, like grace, as we preach the Gospel or provision for you and your family. Prayer is God’s instituted means for Him to do something. Of course, this does not mean that just because you didn’t pray, God can’t do anything. However, it does tell us the importance of prayer and why we should pray. We pray to God and come to Him because we believe in Him. Praying is an act of humility resulting from our faith in God.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice evermore.

 17 Pray without ceasing.

 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Philippians 4:6–7

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Ephesians 3:20

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Why are prayer and meditation important?

Meditating on God’s Word day and night is important because it significantly impacts our Christian lives. It is not an understatement to say that it affects everything about how we live. If a man is working while meditating on God’s Word throughout the day and encounters a rude customer, he may respond in grace and love instead of anger because he is meditating on God’s Word. “Loving your enemies” is a common meditation, for example. When one encounters temptation, they could remind themselves what the Word of God says in that particular situation, that they have been set free from sin in Christ and that they should be wise to avoid temptation. You also can never leave prayers out, because it is our only means of communicating with God. How can you ask God for guidance if you don’t pray? How can you pray for someone’s healing if you don’t pray?

If you have been finding yourself lacking in these two important things, start meditating on God’s Word and pray to God now! Here is one prayer guide that can help you as you find the words to pray:

Heavenly Father, forgive me for neglecting my time with You. I thank You because in Christ I am forgiven. Give me the grace to value Your Word more than physical food. Help me to never let a single day pass without reading and meditating on Your Word, just as I don’t let a single day pass without eating food. Your Word, my spiritual food, is much more important than any physical food. Also, help me always set a time not just to read Your Word, but also to pray. As your child, in Christ, I should always communicate with You, my Father. Give me the grace, Father, to keep my spiritual disciplines. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

The bottom line of why you should pray and meditate on God’s Word is because you have a relationship with Him. Just as in any other relationship, communication is very important, which is why we should always pray to God. At the same time, we want to learn more and more about a person in a relationship, and we can only know more about God through His Word. That is why a Christian is never truly a Christian if they can live the rest of their life without God’s Word and regular prayer to Him.