Contemplation: Ways to Read, Reflect, & Pray

PC: Karl Frederickson

PC: Karl Frederickson

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when people talk about meditation and contemplation? We often feel overwhelmed by, because we don’t know where to start. Without direction, this can feel vague and aimless.

Biblical & theological meditation is not so much an emptying of the mind, but a quieting distractions through focus on a particular passage or concept through some scriptural grids.

As you read and pray through the fruit of the Spirit, give attention to Galatians 5 and the context in which we find these fruit listed: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” As a starting point, consider reflecting and praying through one or both of the following schemes: 

Luther’s Four-Fold Contemplation: Martin Luther described biblical contemplation as building a wreath of four strands woven through the declarations and commandments of Scripture: 1. What does this give me to do, 2. For what does it teach me to be thankful, 3. For what does it teach me to confess or repent, 4. What does it teach me to pray for and pursue?

Relational: Four Contexts for Prayer & Application: 1. How should I pray through this for myself, 2. How should I pray through this for my closest family and friends, 3. How should I pray through this for our Hope Pres. Church family, and 4. How should I pray for through this for those outside the church (our friends, neighbors, and coworkers, etc.)?