What is Lectio Divina?
Lectio Divina is Latin for “Divine Reading.” It is an ancient method of prayer where one reads, meditates, prays, and contemplates the Word of God. While it may be tempting to turn it into a Bible study, the purpose is not to analyze the text. Rather, allow yourself to sit with the living Word of God. Let the Holy Spirit guide your prayer and bring forth whatever words, feelings and reflections arise.
What are the steps?
- Lectio: “Reading” - Simply read the passage slowly, a few times if needed. If any words or phrases jump out to you, circle or underline them. Focus more on becoming acquainted with the scripture. You may choose to read it aloud if that helps the words “sink in” better.
- Meditatio: “Meditation” - Re-read the passage slowly and pause frequently. Focus intently on any words or phrases that stood out to you the first time or jump out to you now. Circle or underline them. This is where you can ponder what the Holy Spirit is placing on your heart.
- Oratio: “Prayer” - Bring what is on your heart to God. Talk with God about the words, feelings, and thoughts that arose when you meditated upon the scripture passage. Tell God how this relates to your specific intention for peace.
- Contemplatio: “Contemplation” - Sit in silence with God and listen. What might He be saying to you? How might you need to change? How might you need to act? Really listen intently.
Our new book, Lectio Divina: 30 Days of Peace Journal makes it easier than ever to engage in the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. One month’s worth of relevant scripture has been carefully selected around the theme of peace. Each Bible passage is printed with ample space for highlighting or underlining of text, with a dedicated place for notetaking. Inspired by ancient illuminated manuscripts, the design of this journal is meant to immerse you in ancient tradition, drawing you closer to your roots in Christ.
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