Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
The Bible’s built-in dictionary defines meditation as taking thought. The world most often thinks of meditation in its own man-made context which is pagan in origin and practice. However, Bible-believing Christians should not allow this to discourage them from practicing scriptural meditation. Notice the phrase in today’s verse: “take no thought beforehand” followed by the word premeditate. The prefix pre means beforehand, while the word meditate means “to take thought.” Thus, a person who takes thought on something, perhaps a Bible verse or some particular truth in a sermon or a hymn of the faith, is said to be meditating. Unfortunately, far too many of our busy lives have choked out the quiet moments of meditating upon the things of God.
- (For children): Read John 1:3a: “All things were made by him.” Think of someprecious things made by God. When we take time to read a verse of scripture but also stop and think about it, that is true meditation.
- (For everyone): Upon what do you spend your time and strength thinking? Do you find that your thought life draws you closer to the Lord or does it drive you further away from Him?
- What are some of the things upon which believers ought to meditate? How could quality time of meditating upon those things help believers to love the Lord more and serve Him even better?
- Ask the Lord to teach you to enjoy biblical meditation.
- Ask God to give you some good things upon which to meditate.