Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina, or divine reading, is an ancient practice of praying the scriptures. Begin by reading a few verses of scripture or a sacred text unhurriedly so that you can listen for the message God has for you there.

Lectio Divina has four elements:

  • Read
  • Reflect
  • Respond
  • Rest

Read the passage slowly twice.
Listen for the word that stands out from the rest of the words. What word or phrase shimmers for you and catches your attention?

Reflect on the words.
What is God trying to say to you?

Respond in prayer.
How does this passage make you feel? What is this passage inviting you to do or to be?  What are your thoughts? How does the passage move you to pray?

Rest
Rest in God’s presence and enjoy the nearness of God. Spend time in quiet prayer.

Choose any text of your choice and then follow the steps: Read, Respond, Reflect, and Rest. Some short readings you may use are:

Micah 6:8 Isaiah 43: 19-21 Isaiah 43: 1-4
Psalm 13:1 Psalm 69: 1-3 Psalm 102: 1
Philippians 4: 4-7 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 Colossians 3: 14-16
Psalm 62:8 Psalm 46: 10-11 Psalm 127: 1-2
Ezekiel 36: 26-27 Luke 3: 21-22 Matthew 5: 13-16
Matthew 11: 28-30 Luke 5: 4-7 Luke 9: 1-6
Proverbs 3: 3-6 Matthew 19: 14 Jeremiah 29:7
John 14: 25-27 John 1:5 2 Corinthians 12:9
Psalm 138: 8 Psalm 139:1-14 Romans 8:26-28



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