An approach to prayer:  Lectio Divina  (Holy reading)

Lectio (attending)

Trusting that the Holy Spirit is there to help you, read through the passage several times really SLOWLY. Some people find that reading aloud helps to slow them down. Let the words move deeply into your being, like nourishing rain into the soil. Allow a word or a phrase to touch you.

Meditatio  (pondering)

Reflect on the word or phrase that has touched you, exploring what it means to you here and now. Let the word or phrase speak to your personal situation; believe that through this process God is communicating with you, perhaps giving a word of encouragement or of challenge, or calling you to a deeper awareness of God’s love for you.

Oratio  (responding)

In this part of Lectio Divina, you respond to God. You talk to God about what you have been thinking and what you have heard through the words of Scripture. You might pray your response or write in your journal, even sing or dance or paint your response …pray as the Spirit moves you whether in gratitude, longing, repentance or intercession.

Contemplatio  (being)

In this final and most important stage, sit quietly with God, at rest in the presence of the One who loves you. Do not worry that you may appear to be doing ‘nothing’. Trust that the Holy Spirit is at work in the depths of your spirit, deepening your faith. Let the Word move from your head to your heart to dwell there in peace-full silence.


Here are some links to some passages for you to use in lectio divina:

Psalm 139

Isaiah 22: 1,2

Isaiah 40: 28-31

Jeremiah 29: 11-14

Hosea 1: 2-6

Luke 7: 31-35

1 Peter 2: 2,3

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