Lectio Divina: A guide
Lectio Divina is a slow, contemplative praying with scripture which has long been used in the monastic tradition. It invites God to speak into our life through scripture and for us to respond.
This is a simple guide to how to pray with Lectio Divina with a sample text to try.
The following step-by-step guide could also help you pray with a Bible passage.
•Choose a text from Scripture that you wish to pray.
•Make an act of the presence of God.
•Ask for what you want from God in this time of prayer. Ask toofor the help of the Spirit as you pray.
•Read the text slowly, until a word or phrase catches yourattention, or somehow says, "I am for you today.”
•Chew over, ponder upon the word or phrase. Let it speak intoyour life.
•Allow this reflection to invite you into dialogue with God,sharing what is with you.
•Rest in God. When ready return to the text and continue reading.
•At the end of your prayer time, finish with a prayer such as the Our Father.
Using the four steps of Lectio Divina, use the following psalm to pray. Let the Spirit lead your eyes as you read the psalm and see what God is trying to tell you.