⚡️ Meditation: The Lost Path to Prosperity

How the Practitioner Uses Meditation in Ministry

 
⚡️ Meditation: The Lost Path to Prosperity
The mere mention of the word meditation strikes all sorts of
pictures and meanings in the minds of people. Probably, the more common are
that of yoga or the practice of an Eastern religion where people sit in strange
positions seeking to “center” themselves in reach of transcendental state of
elevated consciousness.  Unfortunately, it
is these associations with the concept of meditation that has driven many
Christians to condemn it altogether.  However,
God instructs believers to practice the art of meditation; promising prosperity
and success to those who do it effectively.
              
Written by Michael Mooney, Ministry Practitioner
National Association of Christian Ministers
 
In pursuit of obedience to God and the divine favor which
follows, this article will:
  • Define meditation
  • Place it within the context of religious practice
  • Spotlight it in Scripture
  • Prescribe it for Christian living

 

Definition: Meditation
is a systematic approach of religious contemplation.

 

Meditation as a Religious Practice

Meditation exists as a practice within most religious
traditions, as a means to develop deeper spiritual understanding and
commitment.
  • The Christian approach is directed toward reflection upon
    Biblical passages, topics, or themes with the central focus upon God.  The
    goal is to arouse and inspire the human will and emotions toward obedience to
    God (
    Meditation,
    2003).
  • Contrastingly, Buddhist and Hindu practices
    utilize combinations of rituals, movements, breathing patterns and postures
    aimed at emptying the mind of thoughts and emotions in reach of enlightenment (
    Meditation,
    2003).
  • Comparatively, Christian approaches share with Buddhist/Hindu practices the repetition of words, sacred text, etc.          

 

⚡️ Meditation: The Lost Path to Prosperity

Meditation in the
Bible

There are a minimum of 14 uses of the word meditate in the Bible.  Arguably there are even more in the form of variations such as meditating, thoughts of the heart, etc. Yet, for sake of this focus two are examined below.
  • “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your
    mouth,
    but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that
    you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For
    then
    you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success
    ” (Jos
    1:8 ESV).
  • “Blessed is the man who walks…in the law of the LORD, and on
    his law
    he meditates day and nightIn
    all that he does, he prospers
    ” (Psa 1:1-3 ESV).
In both Joshua 1 and Psalms 1, the word “meditate” is
defined by Strong (H1897) as an act of:
 
  • Murmuring,
  • Muttering, or uttering
  • Imagining
  • Studying

 

The Collins English dictionary defines murmur as “A
continuous low indistinct sound, as of distant voices.  An indistinct utterance. To utter something.”  In other words, it is reciting, chanting, and
vocal use of repetition.
 
  • God instructed meditation saying, “This Book of the Law shall
    not depart from your mouth…” (Jos 1:8 ESV).
Also, Strong (H1897)
defines an act of meditation as imagining. Within the context of using
imagination/visualization for meditation, The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental
Health
(2000) reports:
  • The basic premise behind visualization and imagery is that
    one’s thoughts become reality. For example, if an individual thinks anxious
    thoughts, then he or she will become tense. The principle of visualization and
    imagery is that a person can use his or her imagination to be persuaded to feel
    a certain way or do anything that is physically possible to do. There are three
    basic types of visualization: programmed, receptive, and guided visualization.

 

Prescription for
Christian Living
 
God instructs believers to meditate on His word.  It is a purposeful act defined as positive murmuring
and muttering repetitiously while using the imagination to visualize obedience
to God.  The promise to those who do this
effectively is that of blessings, prosperity, and success.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall
meditate on it day and night, so
that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your
way prosperous, and then you will have good success
. (Jos 1:8 ESV).
 
Anxiety Reduction Techniques. (2008). In L. J. Fundukian
& J. Wilson (Eds.), The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2nd ed.,
Vol. 1, pp. 78-82). Detroit: Gale.
 
Meditation.
(2003). In The Macmillan Encyclopedia.
 
Murmur.
(2000). In Collins english dictionary
 
Strong’s Complete Greek and Hebrew Lexicon. The Bible Collection Deluxe. CD-Rom.
Value
             Soft.
Copyright 2002.

 

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