Did someone recommend Christian meditation to you and now you’re wondering, “What are the benefits of Christian meditation?” Or maybe you stumbled upon it while looking for ways to improve your mental health and you question whether meditation actually does any good.
Look no further! Here are just five of the benefits of Christian meditation.
Benefit #1: Christian meditation makes it easier to dig deeper into Scripture.
Guided Christian meditation uses thought-provoking questions and prayer to guide you into a deeper understanding of God’s Word. It is an accessible way to daily dig deeper into the Bible, whether you are brand new to it or have been reading the Bible for years.
The more you make a habit of meditating on Scripture and committing it to memory, the more you get to know God’s personality and character. Christian meditation is one of many ways to grow in your personal faith. Just a few dedicated minutes of focus and prayer each day can incredibly impact your mindset for the entire day.
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” Romans 15:4.
Benefit #2: Christian meditation can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
God’s Word is a message of peace and hope. When you meditate on God’s promises and spend time in his presence, the stresses of this world begin to loosen their grip. Meditation can be a daily reminder that God is in control of the future, and his plans are always good.
Do your anxious thoughts keep you awake at night? Imagine falling asleep knowing that you are safe and loved, giving God your full trust to take care of you in the day ahead. Thousands of people use guided biblical sleep meditation to help them find peace and fall asleep faster. Prayer is a powerful tool to guard yourself against worry and overthinking.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7.
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears” Psalm 34:4.
Benefit #3: Christian meditation can help combat sadness or grief.
This life is full of sorrows. Following Jesus does not mean an easy life. On the contrary, Jesus said that his followers would have many troubles. But when you feel weighed down by grief, burnout, disappointment, depression, or sadness, you can draw near to God for comfort.
Christian meditation is a way to connect with God and remind yourself of the truth when you feel the most alone or disconnected from everyone else, maybe even from yourself.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light’” Matthew 11:28-30.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” Psalm 34:18.
Benefit #4: Christian meditation can help guard you against sin.
Have you ever caught your mind wandering to places it shouldn’t go? Are there any habits you know are bad for you, but you can’t help going back to? Sometimes, it’s not enough to simply tell yourself you won’t do it again. Sometimes, you need to replace destructive habits with constructive ones.
The Bible encourages followers of God to keep their thoughts fixed on whatever is true, honorable, right, and pure (Philippians 4:8). We are called to take every thought captive and teach them to obey God. Practicing Christian meditation may help you train yourself to maintain a righteous mindset. Human willpower is weak, but the Holy Spirit gives us his strength.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” Proverbs 4:23.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do” Joshua 1:8.
Benefit #5: Practicing Christian meditation can help build other healthy habits of spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness.
When you make a habit of meditating daily on God’s Word, you’ll strengthen more than your faith.
Christian meditation is a way to check in with yourself and with God. Practice finding a quiet place to reflect and ask yourself how you’re doing physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. What can you be thankful for today? What’s weighing on your heart? How is the Holy Spirit speaking to you?
As you take time to reflect inwardly, you make room for the Holy Spirit to work in your heart. You begin to rely more on God as a constant practice, leading you to make other wise decisions in how you live out every aspect of your life.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and with all your soul and with all your strength [your entire being]. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be [written] on your heart and mind” Deuteronomy 6:5-6.
God loves every part of you, from your body to your soul. In order to be fully present and living the abundant life that Jesus promised, we must attend to every part. Meditation helps you slow down (a physical benefit), draw close to your heavenly Father (a spiritual benefit), and hear his words of love and peace to you (an emotional benefit).
These are only a few of the benefits you may experience as you practice Christian meditation. Are you ready to try it?