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Lectio divina means divine reading, reading from the heart, to allow God’s Word to heal and transform us. It is one of the best ways to spend 15-20 minutes in daily devotional reading of the Bible. God’s Word is living and active and when we abide in it daily, we’re abiding in Jesus – imagine Jesus is saying the words to you. There are four steps: Read, Meditate, Pray, Contemplate (rest in God).
Prepare (choose your passage and let it be small – one or two verses rather than a whole chapter; withdraw to a quiet place; relax your posture and breathing; visualize a setting that calms you, invite the Holy Spirit; use a centering prayer to focus your thoughts on God, say the Trinity Prayer of Protection) – 3–5 minutes.
Step 1, Read: Read passage aloud – 1-2 minutes. As you read, listen for word or phrase that touches you – 1-2 minutes.
Step 2, Meditate: how is my life is touched by this word; what are the connections between this word and my life – 3 – 5 minutes.
Step 3, Pray: Offer these thoughts to God. Respond to God. Ask: Am I being invited to respond? Am I being encouraged to do something? – 2 – 3 minutes
Step 4, Contemplate: Sit in silence. “Be still”; “Rest” in God – 3 – 5 minutes.
Every time the mind starts wandering, read the passage and start the process anew. Close in prayer by offering thanks and praise to God – 2 – 3 minutes.
Close with the Our Father prayer that Jesus taught his disciples.
May the Light of God surround us;
May the Blood of Christ protect us;
May the Holy Spirit guide us.
This prayer is generally attributed to the contemporary contemplative Richard Foster.