Here is a guide to praying scripture called Lectio Divina, a very ancient form of prayer from the earliest days of the church. It may be used with any scripture, so feel free to pick some of your favorites or simply turn to any random page.
Here’s how it works: follow the process to read the scripture four times. Within each stage (Phrase, Word, Message, Prayer), there’s a flow (the second table below). Work that flow for each of the four stages.
To listen for a phrase, then a word, helps us to hear the message God has for us from the scripture itself. Then, at the end, we give thanks to God by sharing with God the message we heard from the reading of scripture.
|Phrase||What phrase stands out to you?||Listen|
|Word||What word stands out to you?||Listen|
|Message||What is God telling you?||Listen|
|Prayer||Tell God what you heard with thanksgiving||Listen|
The Flow for Each Stage
|Silence||Be still and quiet and in a mindset of prayer|
|Reading||Read the scripture slowly and listen for what God is saying|
|Question||Ask God the question for the stage above (e.g. God, what phrase are you speaking to me today?)|
|Answer||Pray back to God the answer you heard (e.g. God, I heard this phrase stand out to me)|
What did you hear from God through praying the scripture?
What has this scripture taught you about who you are in relation to God?