Enter His gates with thanksgiving.” During the Exodus one of the reasons why the people could not enter the promised land is because of their grumbling and complaining,(ref, Ex 16*2, Num 11*1, Num 14). Be thankful to God for something that happened today. Thank Him that after the death of Jesus the curtain in the temple into the Holy of Holies was torn in two and that the way in is now open for us to enter in. Thank God that we are now “Seated with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2*6 and bless His name.
> “Enter His courts with praise” Worship God in your native language and the language of the Holy Spirit.
> Some find that instrumental music at this stage can help.
> Things like currents events or problems will come to your mind. Acknowledge them and write them down.
> You will come back to them later, so release the tensions and anxieties about them to the Lord and refuse to think about them again.
> Temptation often arrives next. Refuse to dwell on it, if necessary quote scripture and it will go. “Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.”(ref,James 4*7)
> In becoming still, do not try to do anything except concentrate your thoughts on God. Some find meditating on a passage of scripture or contemplating about an aspect of the Godhead useful.
> Then let God direct your thoughts to where He wants to take you.
> During the time of receiving do not attempt to analyse what you are getting, as this will interrupt the flow of revelation.
> Record what you receive, thank God for it and then meditate/pray about it.
If you do not feel that you can meditate, a good question to ask is, are you able to worry? Worrying is meditating on the wrong things!! Christian meditation is not emptying the mind but dwelling on the goodness of God in every situation. Paul in scripture even commands us to meditate this way:
“Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Literally ponder these things) These things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”(Phillipians 4*8-9)
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”(ref,Rom 16*20)