10 Pictures of Christian Reflective Prayer

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Imagine as the shepherd boy David spent many nights under the stars—looking, gazing, pondering, musing on creation and God the Creator. There are many ways to enter reflective prayer. (iStockPhoto)

The Lord is truly revealing fresh insights into these ancient truths. As you know, books have often been my mentors in my journey in live and ministry. The following is a combination of gleanings of years of research and time just spent with the Father.

The David Model: Considering God's Creation and Might

From the Life of David

Imagine as the shepherd boy David spent many nights under the stars—looking, gazing, pondering, musing on creation and God the Creator. Creation is where most all of us first encounter God. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handwork (Ps. 19). Before people first read about God in the Scriptures, they tend to learn about our heavenly Father through nature. Consider the rainbow—a sign of God's covenant after the great flood (Gen. 9:13). Study the David Model to meditate on the splendor and majesty of God.

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Scripture Passages on God's Majesty

Job 37:1-24
Psalms 8:1-8
Psalm 19:1-4
Psalm 29:1-11
Psalm 39:1-13
Psalm 90:1-17
Isaiah 40:1-31
Isaiah 44:1-45

The Mary Model: Pondering the Person of Jesus

From Mary the Mother of Jesus

Can you begin to imagine what Mary pondered on? Just think—the Son of God growing inside of you. You feel His heart beat; you feel His foot move; you bring Him to birth! Truly, one of closest people ever to Jesus was His mother, Mary. Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19). She knew Him better than anyone, yet just like us, she wanted to know Him still better. Mary becomes our example of what it means to really know Christ—to come into intimacy with the lover of our soul. Let's join in her model of meditating on the person of Christ Jesus.

Scripture Passages on the Person of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-2:23
Matthew 3:13-4:11
Matthew 9:35-10:7
Matthew 16:13-17:13
Luke 2:42-52
Luke 24:1-53
John 1:1-18
John 2:1-12
John 13:1-35
John 19:1-42
Philippians 2:2-12
Hebrews 5:5-14
Revelation 1:9-20
Revelation 19:11-16

The Saint John Model: Thinking About the Cross

From the Life of John the Beloved

When you consider the St. John Model of meditation you center your focus on the finished work of the cross of Jesus. John was the only one of the 12 disciples to stand at the foot of the cross and actually witness the death of our Savior. It changed John. It will change you too. You too will boast only in the great immense love of God. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God. Let's follow John's example and always keep the love of God demonstrated through the cross of Christ ever before us.

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