Christian Meditation: A Quck Start-up Guide

In my previous post, I attempted to give an overview of the subject of Christian meditation, based on the persepctives of Madame Jeanne Guyon, a Christian mystic, who lived in France between years 1648 to 1717, and who spent countless hours in prayer and meditation.

I also acknowledged that although what I shared was meant to be a primer of sorts, the reader might have found it to be very “cheem” (Hokkien expression to mean ‘very profound’ or ‘difficult to understand’).

Indeed, Christian meditation is a deeply spiritual practice, requiring hours to master, and an endeavour which many give up after awhile.

Nonetheless, in this post, I hope to provide the unintiated with a quick and easy start-up guide into Christian meditation.

I start by making this premise:  if God desires that all should meditate, why should things be so complicated?

Indeed, God (in His Word, the Bible) invites us all to meditate and promises blessings on those of us who are committed to doing it:

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:9, NIV, emphasis mine)

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lordand who meditates on his law day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2, NIV, emphasis mine)

Now — and please always bear this in mind — Scripture (otherwise known as God’s Word; that is, the words from the Bible) is central to practice of Christian meditation.

You see, this is because Christian meditation, is, at its essence, the uniterrupted contemplation of God’s Word.

To meditate is to be like a cow chewing its cud — the cow takes in a little grass at a time, and works on it slowly and patiently, so that it can derive maximum benefit from what it has ingested.

Ok, let’s now talk in practical terms.

Supposing you are in need of divine peace, what you should do is find a bible verse (or two) related to the subject of divine peace, and let the verse(s) play over in your mind.

Personal objection #1 to Christian meditation: But the bible is so thick, where do I find verses concerning’peace’?

Well, do a Google search (“bible verses on peace“), or better, do a keyword search in Bible Gateway (

This should yield a number of bible verses related to ‘peace’. Go through all of them and single out ONE or TWO that really ‘speak’ to you or your situation.

Memorize the verse(s) and spend time reflecting on it/them.

Consider how you can apply the verse(s) to your situation. If the verse(s) contain a promise, pray (and do so persistently!) and ask God to fulfil that promise in your life and situation (that is also what some Christians refer to as ‘claiming God’s promises‘).

Christian meditation isn’t something you can do just once and forget about it. Instead, it is something you endeavour to do throughout the day, wherever and whenever possible, until you attain what God has promised in His Word.

To this end, ponder on the verse(s) whenever you are doing tedious chores, like cleaning or cooking. Or, if you happen to be eating alone, reflect on the verse(s) while you eat.

Again — and please excuse me for belabouring the point — mull over the verse(s) you have singled out for mediation, throughout the day and whenever your mind is not preoccupied. (As an aside, I happen to take the view that that time-wasting mobile phone games and social apps are the devil’s tool to hinder meditation — so, if you are serious about Christian meditation, keep your phone out of reach wherever possible!)

Personal objection #2 to Christian meditation: “I don’t have a good memory. How am I supposed to remember the bible verse(s)?”

If you are poor at memorization, purchase scripture-memory songs, play them frequently, and sing along with the songs being played.

Here’s an example of a scripture-memory album that you can download from Amazon:  “Overcoming Anxiety: Integrity Music’s Scripture Memory Songs

So, supposing you are in need of divine peace, play the song in the Youtube link below frequently and whenever possible until the two verses that are featured in the song so take root in your heart. And yes, the song below does indeed contain two actual verses from the bible that are sung repeatedly in the song:  “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (which is taken from Philippians 4:7 [KJV]) and “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3a [KJV]).

I hope this helps.


Christian Meditation: Even the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Has Spoken About It, But What Actually Is it?

In his eulogy to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew on 29 March 2015 (Sunday), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed that after his mother had passed away, his father (the late Mr Lee) was introduced to a Benedictine monk who did Christian meditation. Although Mr Lee Kuan Yew was not a Christian, he was happy to learn from the Benedictine monk, and even suggested that Mr Lee Hsien Loong meet the monk, which the latter did.

What is Christian meditation? I do not know if the prime minister eventually learnt Christian meditation from the Benedictine monk, but in this post, I endeavour to introduce the reader to it.

One caveat before we begin:  there are many denominations and sects within Christianity, and each sect may have their own distinct practices towards Christian meditation. Nonetheless, I think that what I present below would be a generally acceptable introduction to the subject.

Indeed, what I am about to present are not my own words, but rather, from Madame Jeanne Guyon, a Christian mystic, who lived in France between years 1648 to 1717, and who spent countless hours in prayer and meditation. I am quoting from the book, Madame Jeanne Guyon: Experiencing Union with God Through Inner Prayer & the Way and Results of Union with God (Pure Gold Classics), which is available from Amazon.

According to Madame Guyon, meditation is one of two ways of introducing a person’s soul to prayer. The other way is meditative reading, and though closely linked, these two are not the same.

Starting with meditative reading, and this is what Madame Guyon had to say:

“[To do] meditative reading, choose [a passage of Scripture from the Bible], or some important practical or speculative truth [from a truly spiritual book], always preferring the practical [from the latter], and proceed in the following way. Whatever passage you have chosen, read only a small amount of it. [Then mentally chew on it], doing your best to taste and digest it – to get all the strong meat and nourishment out of it. Do not go any further while any [spiritual] taste or flavor remains in the passage – [that is, while you are still getting something spiritual out of it]. Then take up your book again and do as before, seldom reading more than half a page at a time.”

Those who read fast obtain no more advantage than a bee would by only skimming over the surface of the flower instead of penetrating into it and extracting its sweets. Such reading is for scholastic subjects rather than divine truths. To profit from [the Bible and] spiritual books, we must read as I have described. I am certain that if we use that method, our [meditative reading] will gradually develop in us the habit of praying, and will make us more inclined to pray.

Meditation, which is the other method, should be done during times that you set aside especially to meditate, not to read. I believe that the best way to meditate is as follows.

By faith come into the presence of God, then read [or bring to mind] some truth or Bible verse in which there is solid spiritual food. Now think quietly about it, not to reason it out but merely to focus your mind. You use Bible verse to help you focus your mind so that you will begin to be aware of the presence of God within you, so do not concentrate on the verse itself or try to reason it out.

Now by an active faith in God in your soul, eagerly [and expectantly] sink into yourself – [into your innermost being], preventing all your senses from wandering about [by continuing to focus on your Bible verse]. Doing this will keep you from numerous distractions, remove your thoughts from external things, and draw you near to God. For He is only to be found in your innermost center, which is the Holy of Holies in which He dwells. He has even promised to come and make His abode with those who do His will. St. Augustine blamed himself for the time he had lost in not having sought God in this manner of prayer from the beginning.

When you have fully withdrawn your thoughts into yourself, you will sense within you the warm presence of God. When your senses are all gathered together and withdrawn from the external to the internal, let your soul linger sweetly and silently on the Scripture verse you have read. Do not try to reason out the truth in it, just let your soul feed on it. Encourage and strengthen your will to this by your love for God, rather than tiring your mind with constant study. Now when your affections warmly sense the presence of God within you – which is a state that may appear difficult at first, but as I will soon show is easily attained, allow them to rest lovingly [upon the truth] and to absorb or swallow what they have tasted.

For we may enjoy the flavor of delicious food when chewing it, yet we will get no nourishment from the food if we do not stop chewing and swallow it. In the same way, if we try to stir up our affections even more when they are aroused, we extinguish the flame and our soul is deprived of its nourishment. We should, therefore, in a restful state of love, full of respect and confidence, swallow the blessed [spiritual] food we have received. This method is highly effective, and will advance the soul more in a short time than any other [method] will in years.

After reading this, please don’t be discouraged if you found it to be very profound or difficult to understand.

Christian meditation is a deeply spiritual practice, requiring hours to master, and an endeavour which many give up after awhile. Indeed, Madame Guyon herself noted: “I grant that few people meditate, for few people are capable of doing it.” On meditative prayer, she added: “Meditative prayer is not the prayer God requires of those who are thirsty for salvation, nor the manner of prayer that I recommend.

Of course, you might ask: “Isn’t there some easier way to perform Christian meditation?

I think there is, and I share this in my article, Christian Meditation: A Quck Start-up Guide.