People of Faith: You MUST practice both of these. It is not enough to pray. You should also meditate. Imagine having a conversation where you are the only one talking. It would seem rude! You would be the only one expressing yourself, and not allowing the other voice in the conversation to come through and be heard. So, we must practice both prayer AND meditation. But, what is meditation? If prayer is speaking to God, then meditation is LISTENING to God For we are told "Be Still, and KNow that I am God" But how do you meditate? Focus on the breath, that's the start. For breath represents the spirit within us moving in and out and giving us life. Meditating is not this bullshit "clear your mind, ohm" nonsense. not saying that CANNOT work, just saying its not always practical and can be boring, as your thoughts start to drift to worldy concerns. Instead sharpen your focus, and give ATTENTION, for when you pay attention, you stop THINKING. thats why society wants you watching tv, movies, news, internet, etc paying attention to nonsense and bullshit 24/7, instead of doing that, take time out during the day or the week to pay attention to the important things, like family, friends, art, hobbies, etc and your spirit and God's influence in your life through meditation. The Bible is clear, God wants you to pay attention to him and listen to what he has to tell you and show you. YHWH is breath, yod, he, va, he is breathing, this is the start for good meditation. Breathe! before I get too unorganized, some pointers from the Word: - Deut 4:39 Consider it in your heart that the Lord himself is God in Heaven above and earth beneath Heaven is your spirit, earth is your body, God unifies them both, only he brings the light from the darkness. -Joshua 1:7-9 Meditate on the Law, the stories, the wisdom, whatever calls to you from the Book, run it, imagine it, make it real in your mind to glean its lesson. Do not be afraid, be brave for God is with you wherever you go. - 1 Samuel 12:24 Consider or MEDITATE on the great things God has done for you in your life. - Many of the psalms are rife with images for you to meditate and recreate in your focus on God and what he has created. exercise your imagination, its a gift from the creator and your own form of imagination! think about it, we are created in His Image, we are a nation of his Image, his IMAGINATION. it gets deep - a man who is Godly, avoids sin, avoids scornfullness, meditates on the Law and the Word DAY AND NIGHT. - one thing you should understand. Psalm 4:3 breaks one of the misconceptions of meditation. If you are angry, FEEEL the anger. its ok to be angry in life, to be really pissed off, but DO NOT SIN. instead, meditate and be still on your bed, sacrifice your desires for vengeance and wrath and instead TRUST in the Lord to heal you and walk you through, to SPEAK to you in this time. meditation is not all about nambypamby peace hippie crap, its a powerful communication with the Counsellor - Psalm 5:1-3 you can begin in the morning, look up to remind yourself of the importance of humility, very important in meditating - psalm 8:3-5 SPECIFIC on what to meditate upon, heaven,creation, moon, stars, once again humility being the key to listening to and for God. - Psalm 41 meditate on the poor. this does not mean just those with no money. this means those who are spiritually poor, listen for God to guide you in how to deal with those around you who are suffering, not just your own suffering. - Psalm 63:6 on the importance of meditation during the night, you will know that He has been your help. - Psalm 64 here it speaks about your VOICE in the meditation, now i know you are thinking cmon man you said meditation is about listening to God, but think about it whose voice is it that makes up YOUR mind? that gives birth to the words that describe your thoughts? its your VOICE so even though you are not talking to him as you would in a prayer, he still hears you as you seek him in silence. no 2 people have the same voice, embedded in your voice is the special signature God placed, you are so UNIQUE!! - The psalms keep going, imma jump to some other parts. Malachi 3:16-17 The Lord claims you when you meditate on his name. believe it or not, meditation is also service to God. -Luke 12:23-25 Meditation helps you blast past concerns of the material realm. Meditate on the bird, which has never needed a single dollar and feeds everyday. Life is more than a job, a mortgage, bills, etc. - Romans 8:16 we are children of God, and His glory shall be revealed in us, this is why we are important to Him, meditate on this glory so that it can be revealed in you - Romans 11:22 powerful, meditate on the dual aspect of God. think both on how hard things are for those who perpetually sin, and think of God's goodness towards you. Fill your thoughts with this good, or else you too will be cut off, if you don't think of the good, you won't hear him! - phillipians 4:4-8 sums it all up wonderfully, from prayer to mediation - Hebrews 12:1 this is to meditate on strength that comes from listening and prayer. the strength to strive against evil and to risk and make sacrifices for what you believe. All in all remember to not just pray but also meditate for the refreshment and preparation of your spirit in this material world. Think about it, you could sit in front of the tv for 30 minutes soaking up some stupid bullshit show, or take 10 minutes, set a timer, and pick just ONE idea or concept, breathe, relax your muscles one group at a time, and use your imagination to visualize and focus on images such as the ones mentioned in the Word, do this continually and you will get better and better and see if God doesn't speak to you in His own way. Its not just enough to beg and plead and demand things from God. We must also listen to what He wants to tell and show us.