Silence is Golden: Christian Contemplation and Meditation.

Silence is Golden:  Christian Contemplation and Meditation.

I was sitting in Tesco Cafe this morning. It was quite early and there were not many people around, apart from music in the background and the odd customer-plus staff movements, the atmosphere was quite relaxed and tranquil!

As I sat there, content with my own company, I felt the presence of God – as if the Lord came to me and sat beside me saying, “Be still and know that I am God”. Being in such a scenario for me, is quite contemplative – even meditative if you will. Many things crossed my mind and I considered Lent. Today, as part of this season, I am doing a liquid fast, and I hope the Lord gives me the internal strength to complete it.

I often listen to Christian Teachers who speak about sitting in silence with God. Many people, even some Christians, feel at odds with silence. That’s understandable, as many feel worship should be filled with hymns and prayers and that is fine. However, I think God can be found in the silence all around us, as many have spoken about the ‘still and small voice of God’.

A prayer comes to mind that I often recite, as I breath in and out. It is a prayer not very well known in the Western church, called ‘The Jesus Prayer’. It is more well known in the Eastern Orthodox Church and goes simply like this:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God
have mercy on me a Sinner.

The object of this repetative prayer is to form a closer relationship with God. It focuses your mind on the Lord and His presence. I find this way of being present with the Lord very theraputic and it helps my anxiety and depression.

Of course, you don’t have to use the ‘Jesus Prayer’ as there are many Scriptural prayers you can use. For example, the one I mentioned earlier; “Be still and know that I am God”, is another example of contemplative prayer, but simply, you can focus your mind on any piece of scripture.

Jesus taught us in Luke 17:20-21:

“The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is’! or ‘There it is’! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you”.

Inner peace should be important to the Christian as any external works as we develop a deeper relationship with God internally through His word and spirit.

Another reference to contemplative reflection is where the Bible instructs us to ‘Renew our minds’ and this can be found in Romans 12:2:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve God’s good, pleasing and perfect will”.

Another insightful verse is Ephesians 4:23-4:

“Be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousess and holiness”.

Jesus instructed us also in Matthew 6:6:

“But when you pray, go into your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you”.

I hope the above scriptures help you in your inner journey with the Lord so that you develop that peace within you spoken of in Phillipians 4:7:

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.

God bless you!

Nick x.

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