In the 11th step of Christ-centered recovery, we see that prayer and meditation are suggested to improve our daily contact with God. Prayer and meditation are essential in our relationship with God. They are also two key components in a continuous recovery. When we neglect to properly tend to a relationship with God, other areas of our lives begin to suffer also. Spending time improving our relationship with God must be the utmost priority.
Prayer is not just a one-way channel of communication with God. We set aside time to be in prayer, not only to ask God for what we think we need but also to have those quiet moments to hear His words for us. Taking a span of time for God during our prayer and meditation is a sacrifice of love for Him. We have become addicted to being busy and have forgotten how to simply sit and be still with God.
Meditation is time we spend in quiet reflection of God’s Word. In our prayers we ask God to speak to us and show us what His will is for us. We pray for the knowledge of God’s will and the power to carry out His will. Oswald Chambers wrote this about prayer, “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.” Setting aside time for prayer and meditation is proactive in a relationship with God. Recovery cannot happen without prayer and meditation.
Written by Jackell.