How to Pray: Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation – Finding peace and God in silence

Meditation is a type of prayer that many Christians have been exploring since the early Church. By setting aside time to meet God in the quiet, meditation can help us grow closer to God. We can discover who we are, who God is to us, and what God desires for us. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Meditation is above all a quest…To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light: “Lord, what do you want me to do?” 

There are many types of meditation, such as meditating on Scripture with Lectio Divina, or meditating on moments of Jesus’ life in the rosary. Christian Meditation is similar to the secular practice of mindfulness meditation. The difference is that instead of emptying our mind of all thoughts to find peace, we enter into silence with God to fill our hearts with His presence. In fact, Christian Meditation is the type of prayer that started us on our journey with Hallow – we desired mindfulness meditation that led us closer to God. 

So, how do you pray through meditation? 

First, find a place to pray. It can be anywhere: a floor, a chair, a couch, a bench. It just needs to be a place of calm and quiet. You want to be in a position that is comfortable, but alert (you don’t want to fall asleep).  

Start with some deep breaths, close your eyes, and think of the intent of your time in prayer – you’re doing this to grow closer with God. 

Choose something to help you stay attentive to your prayer. It could be a phrase like “Come, Holy Spirit,” or it could be an image. In our first meditation session in Hallow, we encourage you to imagine yourself sitting on a bench next to God. What does God say? What do you say? How do you feel? If you find yourself distracted, gently turn your mind back to this image.

Take some time to simply rest with God. Don’t try to force any thoughts, but instead embrace a moment of silence to be in God’s presence. 

Close by thanking God for this time, and ask for help to bring this peace into your day. Gently open your eyes and try not to move or check your phone right away. Just sit and take note of how you feel.