INTRODUCTION: ILL.- Two men met up on the street.
One asked the other: "Hi, how are you?"
The other one replied: "Iím fine, thanks."
"And howís your son? Is he still unemployed?"
"Yes, he is. But he is meditating now."
"Meditating? Whatís that?"
"I donít know. But itís better than sitting around and doing nothing!"

ILL.- What did the Yogi say when he walked into the Pizza Parlor? "Make me one with everything." When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said, "Donít I get change?" The proprietor said, "Change must come from within.Ē

Brothers and sisters, I donít mind joking about Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, etc. BECAUSE I THINK THEYíRE A JOKE!

There are many people involved in meditation, TM, Yoga, etc. But this meditation is not prayer! One is thinking and one is talking, communicating. This TM kind of meditation is nothing but some kind of self-hypnosis. It focuses on self, not God.

Meditation in itself is not bad. It all depends on the object of meditation. If we meditate about God and Christ, thatís great! Even then that meditation must be centered or based on the Word of God, because this is where we learn about God. But if we just sit and meditate about ourselves, weíll become greatly depressed. Our world is already self-obsessed enough without adding any more to it.

Psalm 1:2 ďBut his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.Ē

Psalm 77:12 ďI will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.Ē

Psalm 119:15 ďI meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.Ē

Psalm 119:99 ďI have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.Ē Meditating on the Word of God will make you smarter than the average bear and perhaps even smarter than those who have taught you in life!

If you are focusing on the Lord and His Word, meditation will come naturally. It will be a natural response to the awesomeness, holiness and graciousness of God. We will want to think of Him and consider His ways and words.

In Luke 11:1 Jesusí disciples came to him, and said, ďLord, teach us to pray.Ē Jesus never taught His disciples to meditate or chant. He taught them to pray! And learning to pray is one of our great needs!

ILL.- One preacher wrote, ďI donít understand prayer, but I believe it works. There are a lot of other things that I donít understand. I donít understand how I can push a button in my car and my garage door opens before I even get there. But I use it. I donít understand how a cordless phone works. I donít know how your voice can travel through the air, through a transmitter and amplifier and then someone can hear you clearly across town or across the nation or around the world. I donít know how. But it works.

ďI donít understand how prayer works, but it works. So I pray in faith to my unseen God and He promises that He will hear.Ē

Matthew 7: