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5 “Probing” Questions to Meditate on Scripture

(This post includes a free printable to use as a tool to meditate on Scripture.)

If we want God’s Word to do its best and most comprehensive work in us, we must meditate on Scripture. Like tough meat requires low, slow heat to tenderize it, we stubborn humans need to ruminate on the rich truths of God’s Word in order to get the most life-changing benefits.

What is biblical meditation?

True biblical mediation is NOT anything like the meditation of Eastern religions and mysticism. The goal of Eastern meditation is to empty the mind of conscious thought. When a Christian mediates on Scripture, her goal is to fill her mind with spiritual truth in order to better understand it, apply it, and be transformed by it.

“Meditating” on a Bible passage includes the ideas of pondering, contemplating, questioning, reflecting, thinking, speaking, and musing. It’s taking apart a Scripture and deeply and thoroughly inspecting it from every angle to discover everything God has for us within it.

How do we mediate on Scripture?

One of the best ways to meditate on Scripture is to ask questions of a verse or passage that particularly impacted you as you read. Linger over that verse or verses and ask God questions. “Listen” for His answers and record what He says in a journal. Below are five “starter” categories you can ask of the passage. These five categories of questions form the acronym PROBE:

  1. Pray – How can I use this Scripture to pray for myself? Others?
  2. Repent – What sin or area of disobedience does this Scripture call to mind of which I need to repent?
  3. Obey – Does this Scripture point out decisions I need to make? Directions I need to follow? Commandments I need to obey?
  4. Believe – What does this Scripture teach about God’s character, nature, or ways? About the nature of man? The way of salvation?
  5. Express – In what ways does this Scripture prompt praise or thanksgiving?

Feel free to print the PROBE meditation sheet for future use!

Meditate on ScriptureThis is just the beginning. The Bible tells us we can mediate on God’s Word “day and night.” Those moments we spend with the printed Word in front of us, plants it in our hearts and minds so we can turn our thoughts back to it again and again throughout the day. We can speak it to ourselves and talk about it to others.

What are the results of biblical meditation?

As we consistently and constantly meditate on the truth of God’s Word, we will not remain the same. God will use His truth to transform, use, and bless us!

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:1-3, NLT

 

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3 Responses to 5 “Probing” Questions to Meditate on Scripture

  1. Mike "Coach" Brown July 15, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Thanks Kathy. As a small group leader I will be glad to use the resource you provided. Nice tool to share. Relevance and application come from searching and meditating on context to properly understand the content of God’s Word. I am always amazed how so many mature believers still read the bible as if it is history or a law book or a series of good stories.

    May God bless you and your teaching…

    • Kathy July 15, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      Hi Mike! So glad you think the resource will be helpful. I love that you highlighted application. I’m teaching VBS this week and the theme is “Living Inside Out.” We are encouraging the kids to not just learn God’s Word but live it out in their lives. Us big kids need to do the same!

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