Praying with Sacred Scripture
Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation
Sacred Scripture is the living word of God. Lectio Divina can be a fruitful way to pray with Scripture. Lectio Divina has been around for over 1,500 years. Here is how its done:
Reading (lectio) –
Slowly begin reading a biblical passage. Approach it reverentially and expectantly, in a way that savors each word and phrase. Read the passage until you hear a word or phrase that touches you, resonates, attracts or even disturbs you. You may read and Re-read.
Reflecting (meditatio) –
Ponder this word or phrase for a few minutes. Let it sink in slowly and deeply until you are resting in it. Listen for what the word or phrase is saying to you at this moment in your life, what it may be offering to you, what it may be demanding of you. Perhaps you may like to use our five senses to enter into the setting.
Praying (oratio) –
Openly and honestly express to God the prayers that arise spontaneously within you from your experience of this word or phrase. These may be prayers of thanksgiving, petition, intercession, lament, or praise.
Resting (contemplatio) –
Allow yourself to simply rest silently for a time in the stillness of your heart remaining open to the quiet fullness of God’s love and peace. Make a promise to God.