“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:13
I can be so familiar with well-known scriptures and bible stories that I believe I know what they mean. I assume that reading them only involves a kind of review. That’s a mistake and if I begin to meditate without prayer, I will get little or nothing out of it. I will be feasting on yesterday’s manna.
The first meditation skill: Before opening the scriptures, ask God to open your heart.
Before setting my eyes on a handful of verses to meditate on, I stop. I make a request for spiritual eyesight. I ask the Holy Spirit to speak to me. I admit that I am blind without the work of the Spirit giving light to the eyes of my understanding. I consider King Solomon who, at the beginning of his reign, saw his inability to rule wisely. He said to Yahweh, “And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.” I Kings 3:7
Revelation, insight, wisdom, spiritual understanding ~ these are supernatural gifts. I should never be proud of what I know and never impressed with how much I understand. It has all been a gracious gift to an undeserving sinner. I did not even possess enough spiritual insight to become a believer. The wind of the Spirit had to open my eyes to the glory of Jesus so I could even believe. I am saved through faith alone, nothing for which I can take credit.
Whether you land on a few verses from the Psalms, the book of John, or a heavyweight passage from Hebrews, the process must always be the same. It starts with this prayer.
“Lord, I come humbly and acknowledge that I will know nothing apart from what You will show me. Open the eyes of my heart. Let me see Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen”