1. KING JAMES BIBLE:
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thou mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make that way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
“Bless it is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wether; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
2. Contemplative Prayer: Antidote for an Ailing Generation
*In the book of “Comtemplative Prayer: Antidote for an Ailing Generation”, According to Thomas Merton, meditation is a prayer from the heart. He states “Meditation involves the whole person and proceeds from the center of man’s being, his heart, renewed in the Holy Spirit, totally submissive to the grace of Christ. Prayer begins not so much with ”considerations” as with a “return to the heart”, finding one’s deepest center, awakening the profound depths of our being in the presences of God.”
*Theophane the Recluse states, “The principle thing is to stand with the mind in the heart before God, and go standing before him unceasingly day and night. Behave as you wish as long as you learn to stand before God with the mind in the heart, for in the lies the essences of the matter. Inner prayer means standing with the mind in the heart before God, either living in His presence or expressing supplications, thanksgiving, and praise.”
3. Centering Prayer and Attention of the Heart
*As Cynthia Bourgeault stated “The devil will get you if you leave your mind blank.” Which means the mind is a devil playground. And it’s up to the individual to fill their mind with biblical concepts and/or scriptures; therefore if the enemy does attack one’s mind, one can rebuke him with “the word”.
*Meditation is also known as a self-emptying process – a centering prayer in which you surrender or let go of thoughts that rule your mind. For example, Jesus practiced kenosis (Philippians 2:6-7).
4. Back to centered
* Rodney Clapp explains in his article that meditation and praying is to have a centering word or phrase that will help you return to silence.
*Example 1: Rodney says to himself in a meditation state “Let be” and if his mind doesn’t quiet then he