Does not my Word burn like Fire?" says the LORD. "Is it not like a Mighty Hammer that smashes a Rock to pieces?" Jeremiah 23: 29 

“The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word is because we do not warm ourselves at the Fires of Meditation.”

- Thomas Watson

Meditation entails fixating the mind on a particular object of thought. By so doing, the consciousness of the one meditating becomes more heightened in the direction of what one is thinking. This, in turn, opens up the inner being (mind & spirit) to the power of what one is thinking about. In Bible meditation, a person seeks spiritual knowledge of the Bible. The Greek word for this knowledge is Rhema, and it means 'what God is saying to you at the moment'. It is different from  Bible study in the sense that Bible study gives you biblical knowledge i.e. Logos which means 'what God has said'. Both Bible meditation and Bible Study are necessary for a successful Christian life, but if you must keep in step with God’s plans for you as an individual, you need the Rhema. The more frequently you receive from God what He is saying to you, the more you will grow in discerning His will, aligning with His purpose and experiencing His plans for your life.

We have listed below, some essentials for effective Bible meditation:

  1. Time. Decide when you will meet God daily and enter into an agreement with God about this. The morning time, before the hustle and bustle of the day sets in is usually the best option, since at this point of the day, the mind is usually fresh and uncluttered. "The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed" (Isaiah 50:4). "I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word". (Psalm 119:147)
  1. Be awake. Splashing cold water on your face, having a cup of tea or brushing your teeth are some options that others have used and it worked.
  2. Have your Bible, Pen, and Notebook ready, to document what God would say to you. Use a version of the Bible that you understand.
  3. Choose a quiet place where you can be alone or undisturbed.
  4. Begin your meditation by emptying your heart before the Lord. Let Him be the main occupier of your thoughts.
  5. Confess any known sins. Be honest. No sin is insignificant (Is 59:1-3; Rev 21:8).
  6. Accept God’s forgiveness (1 Jn. 1:9)
  7. Carry out any restitution. For instance, if you have something against someone or vice versa, resolve it. If you are holding on to what does not belong to you, return it. (Matt 5:23-24)
  8. Ask for the infilling with the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
  9. Have faith that God will speak to you. (James 1:6-7)
  10. Commit to obey what God says to you. (Psalm 76:11)
  11. Choose a passage from which to meditate- a book; a special theme (e.g. the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus and the disciples, etc.); a special chapter (1 Cor 13; Psalm 119). Whatever passage you choose, follow through systematically. Don’t jump about in order to avoid confusion.
  12. Don’t rush
  13. Read the passage once, twice, and again until a thought or thoughts/ impression settles upon your heart.
  14. If you don’t seem to have received anything, plead with the Lord to speak to you.
  15. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and be flexible but stay disciplined. For instance, stick to the planned portion of the Bible
  16. Believe that God has spoken to you. Don’t say the promises are too wonderful to be believed. (Luke 11:11-13, Psalm 2:8)
  17. Record what God has said to you. Truth not recorded are exposed like the seed that fell on the wayside and can be lost.
  18. Work out the practical implication of what you have received from the Lord. How do you plan to take steps of obedience? Obedience begets blessings. Note that small disobedience will lead to greater ones.
  19. You should encounter God in the morning but work towards having more times alone in His presence all through the day.

Recommended Books for further reading about Bible meditation:

Daily Dynamic Encounters with God by Zacharias Tanee Fomum

Meditation: The No. 1 Key to Success by Marilyn Hickey