March 11, 2013 by Kara Nichols
Meditation. Totally uncool experience for me. Repeatedly: I’m sitting with my legs crossed in front of me, chanting “oommmmm” while I’m really thinking about nachos or whether or not I remembered to close the garage door. Not exactly a peaceful experience and not helpful in all the ways that traditional meditation is supposed to work. I’ve actually tried that a few times but I was just waiting for the 20 minutes to be up so I could do something else.
Well, a few weeks ago, my new friend at church said I should read this manual on meditation. It’s full title is, “Deepening Prophetic Revelation through Meditation,” by Kirk Bennett. BOOM! I was instantly turned off and a little afraid. Prophetic revelation?? I wanted to say “thanks but no thanks” to my friend’s offer. I thought it was the same old meditation I tried over the years with a Jesus spin on it. I decided to at least read it so as not to hurt Nicole’s feelings.
It took me about a half hour to get through it and I was suddenly very excited about the possibility of meditation. First, I liked finding that there were practical (make sure you have access to a restroom and a glass of water or juice) to really insightful ideas that I’d never really heard before – like reasons we should meditate (God commands the repetition of His words and acts because they reveal more of who He is).
I was so relieved that I wouldn’t have to try and think about nothing. Instead, I’d zero in a specific verse and think about it, pray, draw, sing, worship, dance, talk to God, laugh, and cry. At least that’s what has resulted the handful of times I’ve tried it.
I am now officially in love with the process of meditating on God’s Word. Who knew??! In the guideline the author recommends on a sheet of paper (I have a notebook dedicated to this) to have a column for revelations – which I haven’t had any really dramatic ones so it’s mainly my thoughts but I am hoping for revelations in the future. Then a column for tasks – like when you think of something to get at the store and you can’t stop thinking about it – you just write GET MILK in the task column and you can move on. Then there’s a space for pursuits and I use that for things I want to google later about the topic of the verse, or definitions of words to look up – basically what you want to research after you’re done meditating on the verse. Or other topics you want to cover next, that kind of thing.
I wish I would have learned about this kind of meditation years ago. Although, years ago I wasn’t ready for it. So that makes sense that I’ve just crossed paths with God in a new way. He is so rad!
Another tip that Bennett shares is to close your Bible once you’ve written out your verse. I believe his theory behind this is that sometimes it’s easy to get distracted and want to rush over to new verses. But the point is really to take one verse – even one phrase in a verse and meditate on it’s truth.
Tonight, for example, I just googled “healing verses” and came across one I have never studied before. Psalm 103:3-5 (The Message version) – here it is:
He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
Wow did that passage take me on a trip tonight! Can I get an AMEN! I was overwhelmed by it and frankly I still am. There was a point where I just kept repeating – loudly – and CLAIMING the phrase: “He heals my diseases – every one” and then I would list the diseases I have been diagnosed with that I’m now open to true healing. It was powerful. And I want more. I want more of God, I want more time meditating. Praise the Lord!
To be continued…
P.S. You can purchase the manual here. It’s only $9 and there’s lots of good info in it that I didn’t explain in this post.