"Christian meditation is not specifically a time for 'prayer' as you may traditionally think of it.
Although asking God for things and petitioning Him on behalf of others is important,this is not the place, nor is this a time of seeking His leading as to what path to takeor choice to make.This is purely a time of worship. It is to be a loving, positive time full of giving thanks, praise and gratitude; a time where you learn how to develop a continuing loving relationship with Him."
This is a confirmation to me that this time of worship, and listening for God's voice through His Word, is the right way to proceed for this time. Yes, I do pray for others, and often names are brought before me as I sit and meditate on God's Word...and then I do lift them up before the Lord in prayer. But primarily this time is for listening for the Lord to speak to my heart about the messages that He wants me to hear from His heart...and I try to remain focused on Him and His communication with me. It's not always easy for me, but it is a discipline that God is trying to instill in me...to BE STILL, and to REST in HIM.
Last night I was reminded of a little chorus that we used to sing in church, "His Banner Over Me Is Love", and I knew that it came from scripture, but I wasn't sure exactly where...so I looked it up because that was the recurring theme that kept coming back to me as I sat before the Lord...and you'll never guess where that passage comes from in the Bible! The Song of Solomon! One of God's most tender love stories in the Bible! It not only depicts a love story between a man and a woman, but it is also a picture of God's love for His people Israel, and also the beautiful love story of Christ and His Bride, The Church, of which I am a part...and so are you if you belong to Christ.
Song of Solomon 2:4 says:
|The wind was blowing the clouds over the tree tops, and it reminded me of a banner scrolling through the heavens...|
"His Banner Over Me Is Love"