“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Meditation helps me identify with God’s perspective. God’s perspective will never be important to me unless I am pursuing Him with passion.
There is much that is said about meditation and even more written about meditation, but few people act by actually meditating on God’s Word. It is much easier for me to comprehend receiving something through my mind (intellectually thinking about something) than receiving something through my spirit (spiritually discerning something). Many of us have probably said at one time or another, “Something in my spirit is not right with this.” Or we may have said, “I have a restless spirit and I don’t know why.” It is much like receiving a prompting from the Holy Spirit to pray for someone or contact someone when I was not even thinking about them. There is a potential danger of being led in meditation by someone other than God. A good test for me is this: Is the meditation I am sensing through my spirit consistent with the truth of God’s Word and the character of Jesus? If the answer is yes, then I assume that the Holy Spirit is leading me.
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. May I treasure it fully, meditate upon it continually, and obey it completely. By the power of Your Spirit, protect me from deception. Allow my eyes to see and my heart to be opened to the Truth that it contains, and may my life become an ongoing testimony to its power.
Adapted from The Path toward Passion: Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s by Dean Trune.
Praise Jesus, who welcomes the weary. Thank him for lifted burdens (Mt. 11:25-30). Confess that the way you fill your days often ignores Jesus’ offer of rest. Commit to enjoying this rest yourself and sharing it with others. Ask God for a specific way you can eliminate something from your schedule in order to create time for resting in the Lord.
Pray that Christians will multiply God’s infinite mercy by befriending people with disabilities, helping released prisoners find work, and sheltering refugees.
“No time is so well spent in every day as that which we spend upon our knees.” J. C. Ryle
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend