Lectio Divina: Sample the Prayer

Lectio divina is devotional reading of Scripture, followed by meditative consideration of the personal impact of that Scripture, verbal response to the reading and meditation, and contemplative response through active or passive reception.

Lectio divina need not take a long time if you limit your reading, meditation, prayer proper, and contemplation to one verse of Scripture for each day. Daily practice helps maintain the flow of ideas and the momentum. Rereading yesterday’s verse quickly reminds you what has already transpired in the passage or in your own response. This may be difficult with narrative books of Scripture such as Chronicles or the Gospels, but it works well with shorter prophetic books such as Amos or teaching books such as James.

Benedict’s Prayer with the Scriptures

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