Lectio Divina is an ancient way of praying the Scriptures and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Lectio Divina is Latin for “Divine Reading”.
I think of Luke 24.45 how the Lord opens our minds to understand the Scriptures: “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”
Steps to praying Lectio Divina
Choose a text and place yourself in a quiet environment. Calm your anxieties and thoughts for a couple minutes of silence. Pray that you would here the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your through the Word and ask Him to enlighten your heart, mind, and thoughts in Christ.
- Lectio: Read the text of the Bible slowly and prayerfully constantly listening for what the Word of God says to you. Maybe read it 4 or 5 times.
- Meditate: Meditate upon the Word. Maybe a word or phrase will strike you. repeat it and listen with your heart to God. Allow it to speak to you in a persona way by pondering it in your heart.
- Response: Respond to God in prayer and dialogue as you are directed by your heart. Enter into a loving conversation with your Father.
- Contemplate: Rest in the presence of God and receive deeply what you have been shown, what you have prayed, and enjoy the presence of the Lord. Be content and at peace with a wordless, quiet rest in the Father’s presence. This is not your action or doing, rather, silence and contemplations is allow God to act within you.
Close with thanks, maybe journaling what the Father has shown, what you sensed, or felt.
For Wednesday, September 24 noon prayer we will be praying Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14–16, ESV)
This is a great way to know the Word, know God, and connect with the Father in prayer. Add this to your prayer life. P. Nate