Most of us won’t be able to follow a deep meditation plan (you may try to do this at least ones a week – on Saturday or Sunday for example) due to lack of time but most of us can with a great success practice short daily meditation.
This type of meditation won’t be far from our usual morning prayer. The difference is that in meditation we base our prayer on important bible verse. Good source of those verses are our “Verses of the Day” which cover very important subjects or our free Catholic Daily Meditation which actually will lead your meditation. This type of prayer should take approximately 5 to 15 minutes.
Fist step – preparation to meditation.
Wake up early enough so your daily duties will not interrupt your prayer. Find a proper place where you can be alone. It could be anything from bedroom and living room to garage and workshop. Your garden can also be a great place. Take your bible and text of our meditation with you (write it down, print it out or simply take your laptop with you).
Second step – beginning of the meditation.
Stop thinking about anything except God and your bible verse for today.
Start with a short prayer. Ask God for help to clear your mind. Ask the Holy Spirit to come and lead you. You may use the prayer below:
Dear God I’m coming to you this morning to be with you and for you. Please help me to have a clear mind so I will hear your thoughts not mine. I submit to you all my problems and concerns; I won’t be worrying about anything now; I’m in your hands and so is my life and family. Holy Spirit please come and fill this place; Please fill also me with your holy presence, fill my mind, my soul and my body, please take over my thoughts. Help me Lord to understand your Holy Word so I can benefit from it every day. Lead me Lord to better understanding of who You are and what have You done for me.
Third step – actual meditation.
Read out loud your verse. Read it a few times, let it sink into your soul and heart. Ponder on it. If you can, say that verse differently with your name in it or personalize it.
Here is an example:
Original verse (can be used as a healing verse):
1Pe 2:24 “Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed. “
“Who his own self bore MY sins in his body upon the tree: that I, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes I was healed”
Do you feel the power of such a confession? Repeat that verse few times in that form.
Read the text of our daily meditation two or three times out loud, ponder on it. If you are not using our daily meditations but the scripture only skip this part. Remember that you can continue that meditation during the day by thinking about this verse or reading it repeatedly when you have time (during lunch time for instance).
Fourth step – completion of meditation.
Finish your meditation with thanksgiving and prayer. Commend this day to the Divine Providence; commend yourself, your family and all your concerns. You can say prayer like this:
Thank you Lord for this morning, thank you for your revelation and for your holy presence. Thank you, that you have guided and touched my soul. I commend this day, my entire family and all my concerns to your Divine Providence. I commend them to your grace and mercy. Thank you Lord that you care for me.
Here are few examples of Catholic Daily Meditations
Rise and shine!
“Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.”
This is powerful! I always feel great when I read it! God is commanding you and me to rise up! To rise up because we have reasons to do so, very good reasons.
Your light has come and the Glory of God shines upon you! The Glory of Almighty God shines upon you! You can walk in the light of his Glory. You are never in darkness; you are in a light of his Glory!
You can always see good and evil and make a right choice. In that light you can always see every danger coming your way and avoid it. So there is no fear when His light shines over your path. Fear is in darkness and a dark place, fear is evil, but there is no darkness in a light, so there is no fear in light, light of his glory.
You are not alone anymore, He is with you whereever you go, and light of His presence is with you all the time. There are many places in the Holy Bible where God is saying to us “arise”. When God says that, it means change of our thinking and acting.
Arise from your weakness and discouragement. Arise from your depression, arise from your sickness. Arise and throw away your old way of thinking and cease to think about the past. Arise; be strong and courageous, because your God is with you. His power is backing you up. His angels are surrounding you! Your enemies flee from you. Arise and shine with his light which is in you.
How much does God love you?
“I in them, and thou in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me. “
How deep is God’s love for you? How can you measure His love? To what can you compare it? Well, there is one measure we can use. The measure which God showed us himself.
This verse and few others will answer that question. That scripture was for me the biggest shock! God loves me and you the same way, with the same power and strength as He loves Jesus! God the Father loves you the same way as He loves his son Jesus! Nothing less! We are no less important for Him and we are not just a problem to solve. We are not just a crowd of people. We are persons which He loves. We are His children. We are brothers of Jesus! You see God is a good father and He treats His children equally. He has the same love for all His children. God created us because of love, He sent Jesus because of love and He calls us his children because of love. He loves you with all His heart. So you are not a beggar you are
a son and daughter with full rights to inheritance. You don’t have to beg God for things, you ask as any normal child would do. God loves you, He loves you as much as He loves Jesus! Remember that always!
Are you reflecting the Glory of our Lord?
“But we all, beholding the glory of the Lord with open face, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord. “2 Co 3:18
We often think about ourselves as a poor and useless for our Lord. We think about us as about not worthy dust. Is this what God thinks and intended for us?
One foreign translations of that verse says “reflecting Lords Glory”. What does it mean? Are we showing God’s glory to other people? Yes, we are responsible for that! God is showing his glory through us. We are like a mirror in which people should see God’s glory. From one side we already are like He is (He gave us his Spirit, His presence and salvation) and from another we are becoming like He is with every minute, from glory to glory. We are fighting sin in our life and trying to live a better life to reflect his character. We are those in whom people will see God, will see His character! When they look at our ways they will see His ways. When they will listen to you they will hear God’s wisdom (wisdom is one of the gifts of the Spirit). In our presence they will feel peace and joy. Through us (our prayer) people will find healing and freedom. Through us they will be comforted. We will do similar things Jesus did when He walked on the Earth. Isn’t it wonderful?