Christian meditation as a form of prayer
Meditation is a form of prayer.
Prayer is ‘the raising of the heart and mind to God’. Most of our training in prayer is limited to the mind. We were taught as children to say our prayers, to ask God for what we or others need. But this is only half of the mystery of prayer. The other half is meditation or the prayer of the heart.
When we meditate, we are not thinking of God or talking to him or asking for anything. We are simply being with God, who is in us in the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we believe that the Spirit of Jesus is present in us. St Paul reminds us, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the indwelling Holy Spirit”. We sing the hymn, “God is dwelling in my heart; he and I are one”.