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Meditation is a vital part of a healthy, growing relationship with God. It is, however, left out of many believers' lives. So let's start with basics and ask the key question, How do we meditate?
First, we must devote ourselves to the reading of God's Word. If we want to hear His message, then we must dig deep into Scripture. This is no mere book; rather, it is the very message of God to His people. We have Scripture in order to know the Lord better. As faithful stewards of this wonderful gift, we must make it an integral part of our lives.
Second, we must learn to pray God's Word back to Him. When we read a Bible passage, we should lift that Word back up to heaven as a prayer. We affirm the message of Scripture by showing our heavenly Father we are in agreement with what He has said.
Third, we must apply the Word. The Bible is not here for simple information; instead, it was given for obedience. If we do not allow the Word of God to change our life, then are we really placing much value on it?
Fourth, we must submit to God's will. As we spend time actively listening to the Lord, He will share His plans for our life. As we apply what we have heard, meditation will become more and more instinctive for us. Then, we will find that we hear His voice regularly.
God has a special message for you. It's imperative that you take the time to hear what your heavenly Father is saying. And when you do, you'll enjoy the richness of your relationship with Him.