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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a way to pray the Scriptures. Since the days of the early church, this contemplative way of reading the Bible has equipped believers to slow down, soak in the Word, and savor the nearness of God.

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Getting Started

"Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long." - Psalm 119:97

Choose a short passage of Scripture (the Gospels and Psalms are especially good) and follow the steps below.

1

PREPARE

Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Sit in silence for several minutes as you orient to the loving presence of Jesus.

2

LECTIO (Read)

Read a passage of Scripture very slowly and without any analysis. Simply let the words take up some space.

3

MEDITATIO (Meditate)

Read the passage again and notice what stands out to you. Linger there. Avoid "study;" simply let your thoughts be deep and slow.
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4

ORATIO (Pray)

Read the passage again and notice your inner responses. Start a conversation with God. Listen for His reply. 

5

CONTEMPLATIO (Contemplate)

Read the passage a final time and grow still, soaking up the gifts of prayer. Rest in the presence of God.

6

ACTIO (Act)

A new addition to the ancient practice, this step invites us to consider how we might bless the world with what we have been given. We move in that.

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Whether you are praying on your own, with a director, or in your local church community, there is something here for you.

Spiritual Direction:

Together with God

Want to be guided through this and other prayer practices? Spiritual direction is a great place to dive deeper into prayer.

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