A simple step by step guide on how to do Lectio Divina
Start with a word of prayer
Be still for a moment…….
Thank you Lord for this time I am going to spend studying your word.
Lord, let my heart burn within me as you open the scriptures to me and grant me understanding and union with you in Jesus name
( prayer coined from the Bible; Luke chapter 24 verses 32 and John chapter 14 verses 14 – more on this later)
Follow the 4 steps of Lectio Divina:
Read a short passage of the Bible – here we pick a book and gradually work through it – no rush!
For a simple, deeper meaning and insight into the passage, we are using 2 translations of the Bible; the New King James Version (NKJV) and the Good News Bible Version (GNBV).
Read the passage two or three times depending on how much time you have and how the Holy Spirit leads you.
Think about what you have read, does anything stand out to you? How does it relate to you? Can you pick out the key words?
Be open and freely take in or pick any word or phrase that seems to stand out to you.
Pray with the passage in your own words, in your own way, in your language (don’t forget to use the word or phrase that stands out to you) and ask your desire according to the passage.
To begin this step you can say;
Speak Lord your Servant is listening
Be silent for a moment and listen to what the Lord is speaking to your Heart
sing a song or hymn or simply say Thank You Jesus!
Please share what the Lord has said to you in the comment section.
If what the Lord has said to you is an instruction, you might want to act or if he says something or ask a question you might want to discuss until you find peace.
Please note that this might be a bit tricky, so you may want to focus on what you have heard and not let your thoughts wander to other things. Try as much as you can to concentrate and focus on the word depending on the time you have or you can carry on the discussion in your heart throughout the day, communicating with the Lord as you go about your business.
Some people are up each morning to read the Bible so they can contemplate the rest of the day, some do it at lunch time while others just before bed.
Please follow the schedule that suits you best.
Let’s hear the Lord as he speaks to us through his word.
I knock if anyone opens, I will come in and dine with him
The Word was made flesh and dwell among us