Looking at Chapter 2 and 3 (Disciplines of Meditation and Prayer)
Often when we hear discussion about meditation, minds go to some old, musty, dusty monastery with the sound of Gregorian chants, floating in the air and a monk sitting on the floor, eyes closed, humming some unknown chant for hours of time.
This is not what Foster is talking about when he talks about meditation.
Meditation is a biblical discipline practiced by many (if not all) biblical ;personalities – Moses, Abraham, David, Daniel, Paul, Jesus. It has continued to be practiced by some of our classical fore fathers of faith Madame Guyon, St. Frances, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Biblical meditation is not Eastern Meditation, where the goal is to empty one’s self and mind. Biblical meditation is all about communion with God and being filled with his presence. It is so closely related to prayer that, in most cases, both occur at the same time. Just as mediation is about communion, so is prayer. These two disciplines bring us closest to that inner life edification. Foster says:
“Of all the Spiritual Disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father. Meditation introduces us to the inner life, fasting is an accompanying means, study transforms our minds, but it is the Discipline of prayer that brings us into the deepest and highest work of the human spirit” (pg 33)
Meditation and prayer leads us to open up on the inside, in the inner man, and cooperates with the Holy Spirit as he builds a sanctuary for his dwelling place in us.
For me, meditation and prayer are tightly entwined, and though there is no “black and white” command to for their joint discipline, neither one operates fully apart. What do you think?