Praying the Scriptures

by Beth Richardson on August 29, 2011 · 17 comments

Praying the Scriptures

Praying the scriptures (Lectio Divina) is a slow, meditative reading and reflection on a passage of scripture.  Rather than processing the scripture intellectually, you’re invited to let the words and images connect your heart to God’s heart.  

Pick out a portion of scripture (just a few verses is fine) and make some time for quiet.  You’ll read the verse three times, listening for a different thing each time.

  1. As you read the scripture this first time, listen for the word or phrase that leaps out at you.  What word or phrase calls to you or sticks in your memory?  As you hear the word, gently take it into your heart and silently recite or ponder the word during the silence.
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  3. As you read the text this second time, meditate on the word or phrase that speaks to you.  Let it interact with your thoughts, your hopes, your memories.  Consider how the word or phrase is touching your life today.
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  5. As you read the text this last time, consider how God is calling you forth into doing or being through this scripture.  Allow God to use these words to touch you, shape you in your life today.
Before you return to your activities, spend a few more moments in prayer and meditation.  If you keep a journal, make some notes about this time apart.  When you are finished, go in God’s peace and love. 

Photo Credit:  Beth Richardson

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Cynthia Sloan August 31, 2011 at 4:45 am

ok where did you find the praying clay figure in the photo above? got to have one! have a gracious day and thanks for your work

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Beth Richardson August 31, 2011 at 7:21 am

Hi, Cynthia,

The photo is a sculpture at Penuel Ridge Retreat Center outside of Nashville. It was made by Joyce Beisswenger, one of the founders of the retreat center. She passed away a number of years ago, but left behind several meditative prayer sculptures like this one. It would be great if they could have copies made, wouldn’t it?

Blessings!!
Beth

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