Turning Meditation into Prayer
How does our theological awareness show up in our prayers? That is a very good question.
I think it shows itself in how we address God and it shows itself in what we pray about and for. When our Lord prayed in the garden in John 17 his prayer was based on his knowledge of God, the Father.
How does he address God? Holy Father, righteous Father. When we talk to God in our prayers we’re not talking to some abstraction, some impersonal ‘force be with you.’ We're talking to the God who has revealed his character, his ways, his promises, and his purposes. And if we use those revealed ways—the knowledge of his character and his promises—in our prayers, then we’ll know that we’re praying in a way aligned with who God is.
We’re talking to the God who has revealed his character, his ways, his promises, and his purposes.
Jim Packer has been very helpful here. He says that biblical meditation is turning what we know of God from Scripture into prayer and praise to God. Theology helps us uncover just what those things are that can be turned into prayer and praise to God.
Graham A. Cole is the author of Faithful Theology: An Introduction.
God designed you with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for you not just to hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
Turn to the Lord in gratitude with help from Scripture and these prayers of the saints.
The Spirit of Christ burns in our hearts, awakening us to the presence and activity of Jesus Christ. Sleeper, awake!