Be still ~ Prayer, Meditation & Contemplation
It is important that you learn to recognize and discern between what is our Father’s voice and what is the voice of the enemy. Also, to recognize that the enemy can try and get to you through people that you least expect. A great way or spiritual habit of doing this, is learning to:
Be still and know that God is God!
Prayer, meditation and contemplation are great ways of learning how to be still and putting your heart, mind and soul into a place, where you can more clearly hear our Father’s voice. I am not saying that without these methods you cannot hear, this is a suggestive way of being able to do that, or how i would put it … a ‘practicality of Christianity’.
I would liken it to trying to hear someone on the phone up town in a busy area, where you are repeating yourself or having them repeat themselves, to say being at home with no distractions being able to hear more clearly. Merle gives a different perspective from someone who doesn’t hear audibly in the world, liken to being at home with no distractions, where she can ‘hear our Father’s voice’ very clearly, because that ‘hearing’ is not necessarily an audible thing … it can happen that way but is rare really. You know when you have heard your Father’s voice because your spirit attests to that. You ‘just know’ what it is, and you know without a doubt the leading you have got.
Knowing what the voice of your Father is, will then really have you know what the voice of the enemy is, without having to give the enemy much thought at all.
Meditation is a way of prayer where quietness, stillness, and least amount of complications the better. I am talking about Christian meditation, focussing on God, being centred around God … NOT Eastern meditation.
Filling your mind with God’s Peace, Hope, Love and encouragement, from the promises that God has given in His Word or by revelation to you. You can also be thinking about the good things that God has done for you. In addition, it could simply be about focussing on, God just being God.
Keeping your mind steadfast on God, you will be kept in ‘perfect peace’ no matter what situations you are in.
In the Old Testament there are two primary Hebrew words for meditation: Haga, which means to utter, groan, meditate, or ponder; and Sihach, which means to muse, rehearse in one’s mind, or contemplate. These words can also be translated as dwell, diligently consider, and heed.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you”
2″his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night“
Note how the Bible speaks about Gods ‘perfect peace’, ‘perfect love’, ‘perfect inheritance’, ‘living hope’ and so on. All these things remove you from a mired viewpoint and place you above that, changing your perspective to one of, Perfect faith, hope and love.
Perfect love drives out fear. We have not been given a spirit of timidity, fear but of boldness and courage! The fears and associated feelings can become blockages or dividing walls, between you and God and being able to hear His still small voice of calm! Some relevant Scriptures:
1 I waited patiently for the Lord he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
2 Timothy 1
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 Peter 1
13Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Now meditation is prayer of the heart, focusing on God, He will fill your heart, mind and soul, with His Love, Peace, Joy and Strength, and will bring you closer to Him! Everyone’s journey is unique, everyone’s relationship with God is unique, there is no set way to do this. It is worth keeping pen and paper to hand for making note of what God speaks to you.
Listen, Hear and Obey God, on Time…
LISTENING out for God speaking…
HEARING what it is He is speaking…
OBEYING what He has spoken, on time.