Jesus did meditate in the Garden
For 40 days before He started His ministry He fasted prayed and meditated. This is what meditate means in Greek:
to care for, attend to carefully, practise
to meditate i.e. to devise, contrive
a. used of the Greeks of the meditative pondering and the practice of orators and rhetoricians
Meditation isn't sitting with an empty mind and humming. So let's take the word in Hebrew for meditate - hagah
1. to murmur
(in pleasure or anger).
2. (by implication) to ponder.
KJV other translations: imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, X sore, speak, study, talk, utter.
Notice God told Joshua to speak it out!
Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Why?? Because faith comes by hearing the word of God and it's more powerful if YOU are the one that confesses the word of God! That will do you more good than thinking of nothing. After all, to renew our minds:
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
After all, what is to renew? To make new, to renovate. How can you do that without something NEW to think on?
This is why the word of God says:
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
Ok, so I'm not ready to reveal it all, but I've been studying the power of feelings, thoughts, and words. There are 1870 verses with something about lips, mouths, words, thoughts, confess.
That's 6% of the word of God. This 6% guides us to overcoming once we accept Jesus! Feelings generate thoughts; thoughts generate words; words contain life and death and whatever we speak makes life or death and we eat the fruit from it. How so? One can believe something in their head, but it's the heart where it's more important.
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?
If you look up deceitful
, it's literally tracked
, full of footprints
. Even today messy relationship, one may say, "they just walked all over me" and what's the cause? Brokenhearted. That's why Jesus came!
Isaiah 61:1 (KJV)
The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
Luke 4:18 (KJV)
The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
The events we experience in our lives, messes with us because of the sins of others and our own sins, which is why our heart is "desperately wicked" (a terrible translation), it's literally desperate, incurable, sick and woeful.
The word "wicked" isn't even in the word of God. So let's read it from the Hebrew:
The heart entirely foot-printed, melancholy, feeble and sick: who can comprehend?
What a huge difference! Isn't this the very definition of brokenhearted. So reading, meditating, muttering, the word of God tells our hearts, with our own words, the promises of God to renew our thinking (aka change our minds, to repent). I hope this helps.