The “Lectio Divina” (or DIVINE READING) Method
The four steps are reading the Bible (taking a bite), meditating on it (chewing), praying (savoring the word), and contemplating its applications so it becomes a part of one’s life (digesting). This method seems to require the biggest time commitment at one sitting, so give yourself at least 30 uninterrupted minutes per day this week as you explore this different pattern of prayer.
1. Reading. Read the passage slowly. Pay attention to the text. Read it several times. Underline sections that catch your attention.
2. Meditating. Try to grasp the meaning of the passage, be aware of God’s presence in your life.
3. Praying. Respond to God, converse with him about the passage and his will. Open your heart to God. Share your heart, not a laundry list of needs or things you think you ought to pray about.
4. Contemplating. Focus on God, rest in his presence, and commit yourself to living out his will, especially as reflected in the reading.
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