Lectio Divina: A guide

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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. 

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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.

The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me,

to revive my drooping spirit.


He guides me along the right paths;

he is true to his name.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness

no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;

with these you give me comfort.


You have prepared a banquet for me

in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

my cup is overflowing.


Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

all the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

for ever and ever.

 

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