What is Christian meditation?
By Michael Miller · Apr 22, 2021
One of the challenges for the creators of the Soulspace Christian meditation app is that they kept “bumping up” against the question, “What is Christian meditation?”
“When everybody thinks of meditation,” says co-founder and meditation narrator Jamie Choi, “they think of Eastern religions, and then wonder how they can be honoring God by meditating.”
Jamie and her husband, Jim Choi, say that when Jesus drew away from the crowds, He was spending time in prayer and meditation.
Soulspace co-founder Bo Stern-Brady has been writing articles and recording podcasts saying that spending time meditating on God’s Word and recognizing Him in His Word is honoring to God.
“Over time, I think we kind of all together worked on helping people understand that Christian meditation is a thing, and it’s honoring, and it’s not ‘new age-y,’” Jamie says.
Before Christian meditation apps—there are several others besides Soulspace, such as Abide and Soultime—some believers turned to non-Christian apps like Calm or Head-space for help in relaxing.
“They were so shocked or surprised to be able to find, ‘Oh, there’s a Christian meditation option,’” Jamie says. “With Christian meditation, you’re connecting to someone, Jesus, so there was like a discovery moment.”
Stern-Brady wrote that “Truth-based meditation teaches us to take every thought captive as we apply the Word of God to the wars that go on in our very busy minds” and offered several Bible verses about meditation:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night … (Joshua 1:8).
I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on Your ways (Psalm 119:15).
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promise (Psalm 119:148).