Prayer · Relationship with Christ

How To Meditate On Scripture

Update: Edits added on 08/11/2020. Sadly, I had some seeker driver and purpose finding ideas in this post, and those needed to be edited out with better clarification. 

If for anyone else, this question was for me.

I was not familiar with the words meditate and scripture being together. Pour over scripture, yes. But after reading so many wonderful posts from all of you, I’ve realized this word combo is not secretive.

So, what does it mean to meditate?

How can we do this with scripture?

Is it only one thing or multiple. These were the answers I sought out, and I am pleased to share them with you today.

Meditate– To meditate means to think deeply for a period of time. This can be in silence or it can include words. Some other similar words can be reflected, contemplate, or chew on.

In my How To Study The Bible series I covered a lot of the aspects of meditation and scripture without knowing.

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Studying can be done through reading and through memorizing. As we know both of these methods are also shared in meditation.

Meditation of scripture can coincide with prayer time, the quiet time we have with Christ.

When we are spending time in prayer, I think Bible study is only part of meditation. That’s why bible studying can be set apart. (And in this regard, I think this is more of my opinion, so please feel free to disagree.)

The reason I say this is because meditation is about focusing deeply. It makes sense that focus shouldn’t only be focused on us learning scripture, but also given to God purely as well.

To meditate on scripture I think it’s best we first ask God in prayer to help us with what we will read and mediate on.

There are a number of ways to meditate on God’s word, and I found these methods really helpful.

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1. Repeating/Memorizing scripture 

Find scripture you don’t know. Scripture you would like to memorize. Scripture that can be used as a sword and a shield. One of the ones I started to repeat I used in last week’s post.

(ESV) Isaiah 40:29, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”

Edit Note (08/11/2020): Be careful when memorizing scripture that you understood the context of the scripture. Not all scripture is about us.

Use the scripture in your prayer. Plead out to God. Repeat the scripture over and over. Not for the sake of being heard. Not for the sake of appearing good, but because we need to believe the words. We need to be equipped. We need to trust God and His promises. Psalm is a great book to study for prayers.

Guard your hearts! Know and understand scripture so when you are questioned, or you are struggling you have verses of God’s word to put faith in and trust.

(NLT) Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

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2. Understand Its Context

What is the scripture talking about? How does the scripture connect to the situation it is in? What is the speaker saying?

Parables If reading a parable, consider the symbolism. Do we see what God or Christ is saying before revealed? (Yes, there are parables in the Old Testament too 🙂 )

Jesus Speaking– Remember His time is limited. He doesn’t waste His time when He speaks. There is always a reason.

These questions help us focus on the overall message.

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3. Connect The Scripture To Other Parts Of The Bible 

Do we recall other parts of the Bible that speak of this? Do we see any symbolism? Look up cross references and read some commentaries.

How does the history of God’s people or the early church connect? What are type and shadows we see in the Old and New Testament?

Scripture explains itself. Symbols used in one book often are consistent in other parts.

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4. Understanding Scripture Relevant To Our Life

There are verses related to Christians of today, not all, but some are. Learning about sinful nature and how that affects us is important. The book of Romans can be really helpful for believers. Hebrews helps us understand the importance of what Jesus did on the cross for us.

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5. How Does God/Christ Feel

We don’t always consider God Himself. Why did He say what He did? Was He happy? Was He hurting? Consider God during the times of His people not listening. Consider Christ walking with believers who hated Him. Learn about the attributes of God!

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6. Are We Living The Scripture

Are we actively following the commission of the saints? How can we work on this?

These are all things to consider and pray about as well. The Holy Spirit within true believers of Jesus Christ lives in our soul’s temple. He is ready to prick our spirit, convict us, refine us, and help us be fruitful. When we’re fruitful, God prunes us so we can be more fruitful.

(NLT) Psalm 119:34, “Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart.”

Knowing all of these parts of meditation can increase our knowledge of scripture, connection to Christ, and strengthen our prayer time.

Possess His Promises did a wonderful post about Psalm 23 in regards to prayer, I highly recommend checking this post out as a visual guide. 🙂

If you would like to learn about the atonement sacrifice, what Christ experienced on the cross, and how could a loving God kill His Son please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son (Does God Hate?)


What are some of your favorite scriptures to use for prayer and meditation?

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(The article that I found to help me was from Biblegate you can click the article here.)

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27 thoughts on “How To Meditate On Scripture

  1. T.R.
    I’m intrigued by your comment: “Jesus Speaking– Remember His time is limited. He doesn’t waste His time when He speaks. There is always a reason.” I never thought of Jesus’ time being limited. Can you explain that concept to me? I love that you also ask the reader to consider the feelings of God or Jesus. That puts another light on the Scripture. Thank you for the mention, but most of all, thank you for your commitment to the Lord. May the Lord richly bless you. Karen

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂 What I meant was Jesus had a short time interacting with the disciples, and He spoke too of this in scripture. He would later be killed and resurrected as you know. And though He did stay some time after He resurrected, He did ascend. Ever since He was around 12 He worked on His calling. Teaching, healing, and preaching the kingdom of God. 🙂 His time was limited and He didn’t waste a second. ❤ So knowing this, all the words we see of His words and messages have a deeper meaning, I believe He wants us to understand and connect to. 🙂

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      1. Thank you, T.R. I wish that we were able to use our words as effectively as Jesus did. He was to-the-point, and measured His words. At one time, He said that He had much to tell the disciples but that they weren’t ready. What a wonderful gift we have in the Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us! May the Lord grant you more and more understanding and blessings each day. Karen

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      2. ❤ thank you so much! Your words of encouragement make my heart fill full. You're right, the disciples weren't ready then, and through His salvation and His Spirit amen, we can be ready now to listen and understand 🙂 God be with you! ❤

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  2. My meditation usually begins with prayer and bible study as God speaks to my heart in His word, causing me to consider the things the Holy Spirit is teaching me about God, myself, and others. You might check our my posts, “The Longing Heart”. and “Living Water”. It is difficult to express how meditation connects the listener to God but He meets us there.

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    1. Thank you for sharing 🙂 you are so right, God meets us there 🙂

      The feelings we can have can definitely be hard to express, but in a matter of words I think the simple truth is, as you spoke of, the Holy Spirit intervenes for us through Christ’s salvation, as He is the only way to go to God. During meditation or intense prayer as I believe they go together 🙂 that is where this connection happens. Where the True Vine connects to His branches as Christ described. ❤

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      1. I had to chuckle when I read this reply, not because it is funny but because God is so awesome. I have been working most of the afternoon on today’s post, which isn’t up yet. It is about the two vines in the bible.

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  3. G’day T.R, a really good post, thanks for sharing. What I love is its easy to follow, both for the new believer and for those of us who think we know it all already lol.( not me of course)

    Psalm 86:11 is one I have been using in prayer and meditation lately. Teach me your way Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. When I go walking on my breaks at work or on the tram I will think about the words, talk it out in my head and ask what that means for me and the way I see God or how that could impact my behaviour if I was to take it seriously.

    Thanks again for you post!

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    1. Ha! Yeah, that’s why I love the series Believer 101 because these are things we should be aware of/know but these are topics we should always be willing to learn about again, study, and see how things connect. What a great scripture for sharing!!! Thank you! Yes, so many times we see people asking God to teach them, and it’s crucial we do so as well. I’m working on it too 😉

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