Martin Luther on meditating on Scripture

Scripture meditationHave you ever heard someone talk about meditating on Scripture and thought to yourself, “what in the world does that even mean?” Martin Luther, who lived back in the 1500’s, describes how to actually meditate on Scripture.

  • First, discern what the passage actually teaches and consider what the Lord demands.
  • Second, turn the passage into thanksgiving.
  • Third, turn the passage into a confession.
  • Fourth, turn the passage into a prayer.

Why advocate walking through this process of meditation as you read Scripture? Luther states,

It ingeniously forces you off the theoretical plane to consider what that biblical truth you are pondering should actually do to you and in you – how it should lead you to praise God, to repent and change your heart, and also what it should lead you to do in the world.

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