This post will offer clarity in the vast sea of Christian meditation podcasts. Finding the best podcasts is incredibly time-consuming. It’s also not always easy to discern from first look whether or not a podcast is theologically sound. We have taken the time to find the best Christian meditation podcasts to listen to and the ones to avoid.
What are the best Christian meditation podcasts?
- The Christian Meditation Podcast
- The Daily Still
- Cultivate Connection – Christ Centered Meditation
- Bible Meditation Podcast
- Harkening Deer
7. YogaFaith, found on Apple Podcasts, is the final podcast on the list, and it is one that you may want to avoid.
Podcasts can be a great tool to use in our quiet times. To find the best one for you scroll through this post.
Christian Meditation Podcasts To Listen To:
1. Christian Meditation Podcast
An episode of this podcast will guide you through meditations based on a particular Scripture. The style of meditation used in these podcasts has deep Christian roots.
Chaplin Jared leads the meditation and is the creator of this podcast. He says,
My purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life, to be opened, changed, and improved by the spirit of God and to feel His overwhelming love for you.— Chaplin Jared
Chaplin Jared reminds the listener that we are to dedicate our meditation entirely to the service of God. Sit and reflect on the messages that God has for you, pray a centering prayer, ask God to give you the wisdom to glean from His words.
This podcast will inspire you to take the time that is necessary to meditate with God on His Word.
The meditations are roughly 10-20 minutes long. Chaplin Jared encourages the listener to find a quiet place, where you can go to be uninterrupted during the meditation.
He will have you notice bodily feelings, encouraging the listener to acknowledge that this moment is temporary yet it is where you are existing. He walks the listener through breathing softly and purposefully.
Then there is a meditation on the Word of God. Each podcast varies, but they are all come from God’s word.
Why We Recommend This Podcast
This is one of the most popular Christian meditation podcasts, and for great reasons. It is very theologically sound, helps you to take control of your feelings, and give them to God.
This is a great podcast and we are sure that it has the capability to guide you through deep and Godly Christian meditation.
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2. The Daily Still
The daily still provides Christians a place to be still and listen. Cindy Heloton believes that one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is room to be still.
Psalm 46:10 says to “Be still and know that I am God”. Helton says, “When we say yes to this invitation, we open our hearts and prepare the atmosphere for inner transformation and even the miraculous”.
Cindy challenges the listener with these what if’s in her podcast trailer.:
- What if you could truly know God by making space to be still?
- What if stillness helps you to experience God’s presence and to hear His voice?
- What if stillness allows you to see more clearly God’s fingerprints on your life?
- What if stillness connects your spirit to God’s spirit in unity, allowing Him to transform you by the renewing of your mind?
- what if being still opens your heart to become a dwelling place of God’s richest blessings, offering a safe place to get in touch with your innermost longings?
- What if creating space for silence and solitude settles the churning within, calming anxiety and fear, bringing healing and wholeness to your body and peace to your soul?
Christian meditation is a form of prayer, a way of helping us become aware of and to reflect upon God by focusing on guided thoughts and Scriptures.— The Daily Still
This podcast is focused on meditation being Christ centered. It allows you time to hit pause on your busy schedule and focus on Him. God wants to spend time with us and is waiting for us to make time for Him.
There are 5-minute meditations to nurture your soul. The idea of this podcast is to continuously follow these meditations for 40 days straight, to experience the maximum outcome of meditation with God.
The episode will begin with prayer and the instructions to find a quiet comfortable place. To relax your body from your head to your toes, and to notice any area of tension. Once you have done this, you are to take deep breathes. The meditation will guide you through breathing.
Once the physical has been addressed, the meditation will walk you through heart issues, and a personal prayer to address this. We are to visualize God with us at this moment and to be still before Him. We then are invited to ask God what He wants to say and then listen to hear His voice.
Why Are You Recommending This Podcast?
Being still is a Biblical idea, as we saw in Psalm 46. This podcast takes the idea of stillness a step further, by listening to God during the meditation. While these meditations are not focused directly on Scripture, all of the meditations are founded on the themes and ideas of Scripture. We might say that these meditations are more focused on the individual rather than God Himself, but we still would recommend this podcast.
3. Cultivate Connection – Christ-Centered Meditation
The focus of this podcast is to allow an opportunity for listeners to connect with God. Some of us struggle to do so or feel as though God’s not listening. Blocking out the noise of our lives allows us to hear reconnect with Him.
A weekly Bible-based meditation podcast, giving you the skills to carve out space, experience peace, and to grow your relationship with God.— Cultivate Connection – Christ Centred Meditation
Settle in, allow yourself to let everything else go, and just let your focus come in the present moment and upon the Lord. Turn your attention towards your breath, and take note of the sensation in which your breath holds. Understand that you are in a space to connect with the Lord.
Then the meditation will walk you through prayer and a dedication to this time unto the Lord. You will take a moment to step back and visualize yourself in a serene place, and you will be encouraged to examine your body language.
Connect with yourself and with where you are at. Then invite Jesus into this space. The meditation will read you the Scripture at hand, and then will lead you into prompting questions that will allow the Holy Spirit to help you connect with God and His Word.
Why Are You Recommending This Podcast?
We recommend this podcast because of its powerful meditations that cause the meditator to look deep within themselves while inviting Jesus into every detail. The meditation is fixed on Scripture and who God is, but the meditation also has a powerful ability to make it personal to the meditator.
There are long periods of silence, but it is not encouraged to empty one’s mind. It is encouraged to dwell on the Scripture and on the truths of what God is speaking to you in this space.
Find the website here: https://cultivateconnection.com/
4. Bible Meditation Podcast
This is the podcast where the Bible is brought to life in order to enhance your spiritual journey. It is primarily focused around Scripture during the meditation, using the Lectio Divina meditation method. This practice by Lectio Divina is being quiet before God while reading His word.
A daily meditation where listeners experience the Bible story and contemplate the meaning. Grow deeper by experiencing God’s Word.— Bible Meditation Podcast
After training your breathing for meditation, train your mind to gain concentration on the text. The meditation guide encourages the meditator to invite one’s imagination into the text. Whether it is a story or a lesson from the Bible, the meditator can invite the text into their mind for their current life situation or imagination.
The Scripture offers wisdom to your life currently, so ask the Lord how He will use this text in your life. Then the first reading of the Scripture reference will take place
Ask yourself, can you identify or relate at all with the Scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to lift up a word or phrase that is particularly meaningful for you today.
Attune your spirit to the nudge of the Holy Spirit. Then the second reading of the Scripture will take place.
Now, before the third reading, imagine that Glod is right there with you. He begins our conversation with His very own word and we have the opportunity to respond to Him through prayer.
Then ask yourself, after hearing God’s word, how would you enter into this conversation with Him? Enter into prayer time with Him, and pause the recording if you would like more time for prayer.
Lastly, the fourth reading will be listened to very slowly. This is so the Holy Spirit has deliberate time and space for Him to come alongside us to be our guide as we hear the Scripture.
Why Are You Recommending This Podcast?
We recommend this podcast for its sound theological basis of meditation. Scripture is of the utmost importance when we choose to meditate as Christians, and this podcast truly supports this foundational piece of Christian meditation.
It is obvious that these mediations have all the potential to renews one’s mind through the working of the Holy Spirit and through God’s Word.
Encounter is a Christ centered podcast with thee following mission.
“Encounter was launched with a mission to offer a safe space to encounter the transcendent God in the midst of the noise of our daily routines. It is a daily podcast of sacred and mindful meditations to help you encounter the divine presence of God throughout your day”.Encounter
Each podcast is centered around a specific Bible verse and these podcast episodes are an offering of sacred meditations that are supportive in your journey with a collection of sacred mediations to help you encounter the divine presence of God throughout your day.
Each podcast episode is always based around a central Scripture. Then there will be a prayer for the meditator, led by the guide of the meditation.
These mediations will help the listener to take prayerful seclusion with God and there may even be a word of advice or teaching from the meditation guide.
Of course, there are breathing exercises, with the notion to let go of temptations and to be filled with the satisfaction of God. The guide will help you to center your thoughts on God and not on your own desires, and he offers the idea to keep your eyes closed to keep your mind focused.
We are encouraged to rest for a moment in imaginative contemplation. Imagination contemplation is defined by Pathways to God as “imagining ourselves in a Gospel scene, taking up a character, being with Jesus and being aware of what’s going on, and how we are feeling”.
It is based on Christianity and the principles of prayer. This may not be in every podcast episode, but it is incorporated. Then there may be a closing benediction over the meditator by the meditative guide.
Why Are You Recommending This Podcast?
This podcast is a great way to set your focus back on Christ. It teaches the meditator to invite Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit into one’s mind and imagination. We really like how each one is not only a Biblical theme but actually a Bible verse.
There is enough time in between each statement of the guide for one to actually take time to meditate. The podcast has all the potential to help you grow deeper in your relationship with God.
Christian Meditation Podcasts To Avoid:
Though this list has the potential to be incredibly long, we decided to list only two major podcasts to avoid.
These two podcasts may seem safe at first look, but neither is fully rooted in God’s word.
“A podcast of Christ-centered meditation” is the label of Harkening Deer. This podcast does not always focus on Scripture in each podcast, but it does have Biblical themes.
The mediation host will have you meditate on ideas from the Bible, walking you through your imagination or through verses from the Bible. Listeners from all walks of life are invited into these meditations.
Harkening Deer includes and welcomes people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, faith, or worldview.— Harkening Deer
When listening to episodes of this meditation podcast, you will find variations throughout the episodes. However, there are 3 “F.A.R.M’s” that are apart of each meditation. These F.A.R.M’s are “Facilitation of Accommodating Recommendations for Meditation”.
These F.A.R.M’s are laid out exactly in Episode 36: The Gift of God.
F.A.R.M 1: No Judgement. “We can have a tendency to be overly critical, especially of ourselves. The mediations of Harkening Deer urge us to let our criticisms of ourselves and others, even our situations cease to exist. This is why it is the first farm.”
F.A.R.M 2: Be Still. “Ofen we can be so consumed with productivity, that we forget to make time to give ourselves space and grace to just be. Contemplative practice, however, is about embracing that space and that grace that we can so desperately need even if we don’t know it.” The second farm is a no-pressure invitation to close your eyes and be still in a position that promotes calm and serenity.
F.A.R.M 3: Peace and Loving-Kindness. “Embrace a heart and mindset of peace and loving-kindness. Be mindful and purposeful in this”.
Why We Don’t Recommend This Podcast
We do not recommend this podcast because it is more rooted in eastern roots than the others. Which means that it is not all rooted in the Bible and allows an opportunity for listeners to allow something else into their life.
There are also a couple of episodes that include theological beliefs that are not fully backed by the Bible. This is something to be cautious with since we are to be on guard with what we allow into our spiritual life.
The description of this podcast is
“YogaFaith is a Christian Yoga School that is internationally accredited with the Yoga Alliance offering classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training at the 200, 300 and 500-hour levels. We also offer numerous specialty training and continued education.”yogafaith
Although this podcast has Christian ideas and themes, it is not distinctly Christian.
You may want to avoid this meditation podcast because it may conflict with your exisiting Christian convictions.
We are not taking a stance on whether or not Christian Yoga is acceptable, we are simply saying to take caution. Paul says the following
“One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God” (Romans 14:5-6).
This Scripture reference is in support of following one’s convictions that are from the Holy Spirit. If you feel that yoga is wrong for you, from the Holy Spirit, then you should not use this meditation podcast.
Paul also talks about not causing your brother to stumble through your own choices (Romans 14:13-23). So, if you feel fine doing yoga through this podcast, but your fellow believer does not then do not practice yoga in front of them. This would be wrong to do.
No matter what podcast you find make sure to listen to a couple and look up reviews before listening daily. Above all else use discernment and seek the Father to ensure that what you’re listening to grows your relationship instead of damaging it.