Before we begin, I want to make sure you know that the information in this article is a companion to knowing and understanding the Commandments of Jesus through meditation.
Unless you are aware of the commandments of Jesus chances are you’re sinning, and you don’t even know it. Sin is anything that goes against His commandments (1 Jn 3:4), and an effective prayer life starts by developing a pleasing life to God.
A life cultivated by the word and commandments of God allows more light to flow through life. Always reading, meditating, and practicing in mind and behavior scripture, transforms us more into God's spiritual likeness. Following the instructions of His commands makes us more like Jesus. Jesus and His commandments are one, so when we develop our inner being with God's ways our thoughts, words, and deeds become the fruit of His Spirit in us.
Illuminated by God’s cultivated word we can think, speak, and act more like Jesus, able to speak words with power in the spiritual realms. Our words become full of power when they are produced by God's Spirit within us who thinks and speaks with God's clarity.
The Bible is filled with examples of people acting under the influence of God. By the power of God's Spirit, natural law is defied and miracles are translated from the spiritual realm into the physical. It surprises many people to know that this kind of special relationship with God was taught by Jesus. On multiple occasions, Jesus taught His followers should be more like Him.
In John 14:21 and 23 Jesus dispenses one of the most important instructions for living in the presence of God.
"He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest." (21)
"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home." (23)
Boiling down the meaning of the word "keep" in these two verses translates to "keeping in mind". By making God's word and commandments a constant state of mind that inspires thought, words, and actions, enables God's increasing power in you.
It's this radical increase of power that helps think, speak, and act more like Jesus in the Father's presence.
But its impossible to observe Jesus’ instruction of being more fulfilled with God without the knowledge of His commandments. Any word, thought, or action contrary to His commandments is a sin, and sin is a block to God's greater presence in us since God cannot bless sin.
A life void of His instruction dims our chances of being more illuminated by God. It creates a barrier between us and God. Without diligent meditation and practice of His word and commandments our inner being withers in carnality void of God's inspiration. If the soul isn't cultivated with God's word or commandments it can become ruled by the whims of the worldly passions in darkness. (Mt 5:6, 6:23)
The best time to practice any Christian meditation technique is early in the morning. Before you hear another human voice, that's the time to meditate. Wake up early, and before you start all your daily routines, take time to spiritually seek God.
To get the best result you should employ any of the following techniques for 20 to 30 minutes. Try to go for an hour if can. After a few days, your meditations will begin to flow with God's presence. Enjoy!
Technique #1 - Concentrate
Open the Bible and start slowly reading and contemplating the meaning of each verse you read. Close your eyes and concentrate on each meaning as you go through scripture.
Technique #2 - Pray
I've said for years that the book of Psalms is God's approved prayer book. Take time each morning to meditatively pray with the book of Psalms. Read a sentence or two and pray God's word as your own.
Technique #3 - Visualize
The Bible is full of imagery. Read the Bible and select your favorite imagery to meditate on. You don't have to select just one image. For example, in Matthew 17:2 and in Revelation 1:16 Jesus is described as shining like the sun. You can understand this visual as God's glory in Jesus and since Jesus said in John 14:6 that, "one comes to the Father, except through Him" you can visualize yourself dwelling in Jesus to be in the presence of God.
Technique #4 - Verbalize
Try verbally repeating scripture. For example, in Luke 18:10 - 14 Jesus teaches that the person who recognizes their sinful nature who humbly and verbally seeks God's mercy is justified before God. Try saying, "Lord, have mercy on me a sinner." until your mind is in God's presence. You can use a verse that helps you reach a meditative peace.
Technique #5 - Sing/Praise
Similar to repeating to scripture is the repetitive verbalization of a praise and worship. For example, listening to and singing the same worshipful song for 10, 20, or 30 minutes elevates the soul to God's altar. In this spiritual state, your mind becomes consecrated in loving God, the greatest commandment.
This technique can be mixed with other activities. For example, sometimes I select one important worship song to exercise with.
The best thing you can do for a healthy mind and body is to meditate with God. Practicing Christian meditation is loaded with health benefits and a habit worth developing. People who meditate are also generally more loving, compassionate, happier, less stressed, and more at with the world and others. Consider exploring how you can incorporate more wholesome foods into your diet. Drop caffeine and other stimulants. Exposure to stimulants can wreak havoc in your spiritual life when you want to quiet the mind and seek God.
It won't take long for you to develop a solid Christian meditation practice. Just be consistent. Get up at the same time every day and meditate in the same place. Your consistency will turn into a spiritual habit that yields the gold of God in your soul. God bless you on your journey. We're praying for you.