In the active pace of our lives, we seldom take the time to contemplate or meditate on Scripture to hear God’s whispers. It takes effort to set aside time to be still and listen. Much of our Christian life is often focused on what we do, yet God intends for us to experience the rhythm of who He is in both stillness and activity.
Lectio Divinia is an ancient practice of contemplation and meditation, of opening up the eyes of our heart to really hear God’s Word to us through the Scriptures.
To begin, get in a comfortable position and spend a few minutes quieting your mind and heart. You can use some of the breath prayers mentioned in a previous blog to help you in this.
Next, choose a Scripture that speaks to you in a personal way and begin these steps.
1. Read the verse slowly with a heart open and expectant to hear God speak to you. Don’t be in a hurry or feel the need to accomplish something.
2. Read the Word again or phrases of it, memorizing and letting the verse soak into you.
3. Now turn the verse into a place of dialogue with God. What is He saying to you through it? Conversation involves both speaking and listening, let both happen as you communion with God at a deep level.
4. Rest. Take a few minutes of silence to just enjoy God and fellowship with Him.
You may return and repeat these steps with other phrases or spend the whole time on just one verse or phrase. It isn’t about getting something accomplished, but about communion with God. There is no other goal than to enjoy the presence of God through the Scriptures and hearing His voice.
It takes some discipline to practice Lectio Divinia because our natural flesh wants to “get something done”, but with a little effort (work to enter rest, Heb 4:11), you will receive great reward in a richer, deeper walk with the Lord.