The Bible teaches and explains various types of prayer such as thanksgiving, praise, worship, petition, supplication, intercession (Ephesians 6:18, 1 Timothy 2:1).
I have always believed and considered the practice of meditation to be of vital importance to any prayer life.
In our praying of all these different types and manner of prayer we are commanded to take “the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD” (Ephesians 6:17-18).
In our prayers and spiritual warfare we are to be standing upon the Word of God from a position of victory (Ephesians 6:10-18).
The Lord Jesus Christ was no doubt in a constant meditation during His fasting, consecration and testing in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13).
This was how Jesus defeated the devil in the wilderness temptation (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13).
As important as reading and study are meditation is as or perhaps even more important.
We are commanded to meditate upon the Word of God day and night.
Joshua 1:8- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy 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 thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Psalm 1:2- But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and IN HIS LAW DOTH HE MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT.
Meditation upon the Word of God, upon the scriptures, upon Bible subjects, upon certain verses, upon certain passages, is one way that gets the Bible from our head to our hearts.
Meditating upon the scriptures, pondering them, quoting them, repeating them, praying them, chewing them, ruminating upon them brings spiritual knowledge, understanding and revelation.
Putting God in remembrance of His Word, putting the devil in remembrance of the Word of God, and putting ourselves in remembrance of them builds and develops faith.
Meditation turns Bible information into spiritual understanding.
Meditation turns Bible head knowledge into heart knowledge.
Meditation turns Bible information into revelation knowledge.
Meditation turns Bible information into practical understanding whereby we can wield the Sword of the Spirit.
Meditation turns the letter into the Sword of the Spirit.
This is the type of wisdom and understanding spoken of in the book of Proverbs and in the parables of the sower respectively (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8).
The greater the study, prayer and meditation upon any Bible subject, topic or discipline the more understanding and revelation we obtain.
The more understanding and revelation we obtain the more of a practical reality the subject, topic or discipline becomes to us.
The more we practically apply ourselves to these the more effective and fruitful we become in them.
Revelation knowledge and spiritual understanding of the Word of God is the foundation of faith in God and in His Word.
Revelation knowledge and spiritual understanding of the Word of God is the result of meditation and practical application of the Word of God.
This is the means by which the Holy Ghost opens the eyes of our understanding, the eyes of our heart, and opens to us the scriptures (Ephesians 1:17-18, Psalm 119:18, Luke 24:45).
Weak faith and shallow understanding is the product of little or no meditation upon the Word of God.
Meditation was obviously the practice of the patriarchs:
Genesis 24:63- And Isaac went out to MEDITATE in the field at eventide.
David practiced meditating upon the Word of God all through the Psalms during his times of prayer, worship, communion, petitions and intercession (Psalm 1:2).
Psalm 19:14- Let the words of my mouth, and the MEDITATION OF MY HEART, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Psalm 63:6- When I remember Thee upon my bed, and MEDITATE UPON THEE IN THE NIGHT WATCHES.
Psalm 104:34- My MEDITATION OF HIM shall be sweet:
Psalm 119:48- My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I WILL MEDITATE IN THY STATUTES.
Psalm 119:78 (b)- I WILL MEDITATE IN THY PRECEPTS.
Psalm 119:97- I how I love thy law! It is my MEDITATION ALL THE DAY.
The consistent practice of meditating upon the Word of God gave David more understanding than both his teaches and the ancients.
A person who loves the Word of God will at times sacrifice sleep, food and time to be able to spend time meditating upon the Bible.
Psalm 119:148- Mine eyes prevent the night watches, THAT I MIGHT MEDITATE IN THY WORD.