Learning How to Pray: Lectio Divina
What is Lectio Divina?
This material is excerpted from Busy Lives & Restless Souls. by Becky Eldredge
Lectio divina is a method of praying the Scriptures. What better way to get to know God than by spending time with God’s spoken word?
The practice of lectio divina traces its roots back to the early centuries in the Church. By the sixth century, St. Benedict had made it a regular practice in most monasteries. And while in its beginnings this prayer method was set aside for monks and religious, today lectio divina is a widely held practice by many laymen and laywomen.
Lectio divina is a slow, rhythmic reading and praying of a Scripture passage. You pick a passage and read it. Notice what arises within you as you read it. Then you read it again, and then again, noticing what words and phrases grab your heart and noticing the feelings that arise. You respond to God about whatever is stirring within as you read and pray with the passage. Finally, you rest and let God respond and speak to you.
We have created this easy Lectio Divina Reflections if you would like to jot some reflections while you pray or for later reflection. Feel free to print a copy.