Did you read the last article? If not then you probably should go do so. But if I'm not mistaken you jotted down that little phrase of a verse and put it in your pocket with every intention to begin meditating on it, but alas, you totally forgot about it and never even took it out once. How do I know? Because I have done just that so many times myself that it's not funny! So what I would like to do in this short article is look at several things you can do to prompt yourself throughout your day to meditate on God's Word. Now there is one thing I need to tell you right up front, learning to meditate on God's Word day and night is not something that you will be able to master overnight, you have probably already discovered this. So I want to encourage you, don't give up because you are making slow progress, keep at it for the simple reason that you want the blessings that come with meditating on God's Word.
We all have habits and if you are reading this I assume that you, like the rest of us were not born with the habit of meditating on God's Word. As humans we were born with a sin nature and with such, the thought patterns we have been cultivating over the past 20-50 years are not going to be easily broken. In the strength of our own flesh we can change habits but we cannot change our heart, the Lord Jesus Christ changes hearts and that is exactly what we desire for Him to do in us! So in dependence upon the Lord for strength and wisdom seek His guidance as you continue on with each of the following steps.
The first thing you will want to do is identify what you are replacing. You see, I am asking you to take meditation and add it to your already full schedule, but it's full so we need to find something to get rid of so that there is room for meditation. Let's pinpoint some wasted moments throughout your day and begin to reclaim them. Each time you discover yourself performing the old activity, use it as a reminder to springboard yourself into the new activity of meditation. Chances are you do not spend your day sitting idly on a chair staring blankly at the wall in front of you, but you probably have times during your day when your mind is idle, use that like a bell to remind yourself to meditate on God's Word. Every time you find your mind idle just tell yourself "Hannah, meditate on God's Word." If you are a worrier then every time you discover yourself worrying, tell yourself, "meditate on God's Word", and do it. In a few minutes you will find yourself worrying again so tell yourself again, "meditate on God's Word". If you tend to daydream then use that as your signal to remind yourself to meditate. Do this all day long, day after day, after day. In time you will begin to see your progress.
Now that you have discovered what you are replacing, whether it be idle thought time, worrying, daydreaming or something else, and you know what you are replacing it with, meditation on God's Word, we want to consider some visual things that will prompt you to meditate. You have probably heard of the old habit of tying a string on your finger to remind yourself to do something. Although I do not recommend that you tie a string on your finger, the concept is a very good one. There are two reasons why a string works as a reminder, the first is that you see it regularly, the second is that you have associated several words with that string. If the words associated with that string are "pick Dad up at the airport at 4" then every time you look at your hand and see that string your mind automatically says to you "pick Dad up at the airport at 4". We need the same kind of thing working with us reminding us to do specific things in our spiritual life. For example if you wear a wedding ring then you may want to train your mind so that every time you see that ring your mind says to you "pray for your spouse". We do not meditate on God's Word right now, so we need things that will remind us to do so.
Anything will work as a visual reminder, anything at all, but some things are easier to remember than others. The most important and effective way that I know of is to post actual Scripture verses around your home. Deuteronomy 6:6,9 says "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." When you see them on your walls they will help you remember to meditate on them. Even if you can't remember the verse, it is there right in front of your eyes, all you have to do is read it and then as you continue on your way you can meditate upon it. At the top of our stairs is a wall hanging of Isaiah 12:2. As I ascend those 13 steps my eyes will necessarily fall upon that drawing and the first thing that pops into my mind, even when I am too far away to read the words is, "Behold God is my salvation..." As I go on my way down the hall those are the words on which I am thinking. Across from my bed is another verse, every morning as I get dressed it is staring me in the face, reminding me through Psalms 107:31 to praise the Lord. Few people ever read that verse because it is situated in a location that only lends itself to being seen and read from the end of my bed. It does not matter that it isn't read at any other time of the day because it fulfills its purpose, it is there to remind me to meditate on God's Word when I wake up in the morning. There are other verses in other places around my home, each reminds me to meditate on God's Word!
These locations and many more throughout your home, especially those walls that your eyes automatically pass over or rest upon for even a moment as you go by, are crying out for you to hang a Scripture verse there to draw your mind and heart heavenward throughout your day. Take a little time right now to walk slowly through your home and identify at least three new places where you are going to hang a framed Scripture verse. Then, once the Scripture is adorning your walls begin retraining your mind so that every time you see that verse you meditate on it. It will take time but don't worry, repetition is what builds habits.
There are so many other ways and things that can help you remember, such as a small object like a smooth stone in your pocket. Each time your hand brushes over that lump in your pocket it can prompt you to meditate. Another idea is to team up with someone in your home and remind each other throughout the day to meditate on your verse. Be creative and do what works for you. The key is to start with one thing and to be faithful with it. Over time meditation on God's Word will become a habit, a lifelong habit that you will never regret cultivating.
So find one old habit that you want to replace and use it to prompt yourself to meditate on God's Word. Then begin searching out excellent places around your home where you can hang Scripture verses. Next, retrain your eyes to see those verses as you pass by them and then meditate upon them. If you will do these few simple things faithfully, believing that God will do what He promised, then you are well on your way to the 'prospered way' and the 'good success' that you so desire.