Meeting Jesus In Meditation A K Whitehead
There are many approaches to prayer. Not least because there are many different needs. But greatest of all our needs is to get nearer to Jesus. The most powerful form of prayer for this purpose is arguably Christian meditation.
This article discusses some of special aspects of Christian meditation
Sources Of The Benefits Of Christian Meditation Meditation has a very long history in Christianity and has taken various forms. But meditation on Scripture, and not least gospels, is a kind which has great power.
How does power come about?. From three sources: which work together to bring us closer to God:
1. From Holy Spirit, of course. But this kind of prayer makes a very special kind of requirement on us and on Spirit, and that is expressed in terms of
2. Faith. Obviously, very act of prayer, any prayer, involves some kind of faith. But degree of faith which this form of prayer demands can be quite different than in other forms of prayer.
3. Consistency. To really get into this kind of prayer one needs a daily commitment which is kept consistently. It is often said that "grace builds on nature" and that is very true. In this case it is true because we need to become habitually open to way in which Spirit works within us. We shall not achieve that unless we become habitual in our habits of prayer.
Essentials Of Christian Meditation Christian meditation on Bible is essentially straightforward in terms of what we do and procedure we follow. However, there are many questions and issues which arise from process. Too many to consider in a short article such as this. The subject receives an in-depth treatment in book "The Keys To Meditation" by Keith & Iris Whitehead. But here we can indicate some of essentials and some important benefits.
This kind of meditation should not be confused in any ways with types derived from Eastern religions, such as Hinduism. It is quite different and essentially Christian. Very often it is associated with Ignatius of Loyola because, after his conversion, he developed a particularly clear method of approach.
This involves reading Scripture in a particular way. At its essence is explicitly allowing Holy Spirit to reveal to us nature and meaning of what, after all, he himself has written over centuries.
The Subject Matter For a Christian, most important part of Scripture is New Testament. While, we can meditate on Old Testament, former is, at least, best place to start. Sometimes we meditate on gospels; sometimes on letters or Acts or Revelations. In latter cases approach is somewhat different in important respects to meditating on gospels. However, it is meditation on gospels which can bring us repeatedly face-to-face with Jesus in real and dynamic ways.