Chapter 5: Benefits of Christian Meditation
In the previous chapter, we looked at tips and resources for practicing daily Christian meditation. If you are able to commit to this practice, you’ll likely experience spiritual and health benefits, as various Christians who practice meditation can attest.
Spiritual benefits of Christian Meditation
As Christians, we are called to grow in spiritual disciplines, which are practices found in the bible that promote spiritual growth. Disciplines are not just attitudes or things we believe, they are active practices. As 1 Timothy 4:7 instructs us, we must
“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (NASB).
Meditation is a way of deepening our prayer lives, and one of its biggest benefits is growing in the discipline of prayer. In particular, meditative prayer requires submitting to God in a listening posture and understanding that praying isn’t just about saying the right words but also about relying on the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 says that the Holy Spirit “helps us in our weakness” when we don’t know what or how to pray and “intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
Another key discipline that meditative prayer promotes is the discipline of scripture reading. Because meditative prayer is about focusing on scripture verses, and listening to verses repetitively, it’s a great method to go deeper into the word and internalize it. The bible tells us that focusing on the word is core to Christian living. When we internalize God’s words, we open ourselves to his loving pruning because, as 2 Timothy 3:16 states:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
And when we open our lives to the scriptures, we deepen our connection to God and his divine purpose. John 15:7 states:
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7 NIV)
Health benefits of Christian meditation
Not only does meditation enrich our spiritual lives, it also benefits our physical and mental health. Meditation is a form of mindfulness—focusing on one thing without distraction, which has been shown to have lots of health benefits. Studies have shown that even 10-15 minutes of mindfulness can improve our brain function. It improves ability to pay attention and remember things. It increases neuroplasticity and the parts of the brain that are linked to processing complex information, facilitating memories, and more. Finally it enhances our mental health and reduces stress. For religious people, studies have found that meditation that integrates religious practice is even more effective than general mindfulness practice.
If you’re ready to enhance your spiritual and emotional well-being, give daily Christian meditation a chance. You can get started with a free Christian meditation how to. You can also review the rest of this guide for more background and guidance on Christian meditation.