Guided Prayers Guided Prayer – Lectio Divina

Guided Prayer – Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (lex-ee-oh dih-vee-nuh)

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Lectio Divina is the practice of allowing scripture to read us.
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The practice has four movements: read, reflect, respond, and release.
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We read or listen to a short passage of scripture four times.  
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1. Read (Lectio)
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Begin by reading or listening to a short passage of scripture (1st).
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The only action to take is to listen.
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Read passage again (2nd)
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During the second reading, listen attentively for a word or phrase that seems to be given to you, a word that draws you to it.
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Silence (one or two minutes)
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Reflect (Meditatio)
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Read or listen to passage again. (3rd)
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During the  third reading, allow the Spirit to bring to your mind and heart an experience or issue that you are facing right now that seems to connect to your word or phrase. Do not force it, just allow it to emerge.
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Silence (one or two minutes)
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Respond (Oratio)
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Read passage again.  (4th)
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During the  fourth reading, ask yourself: Is God inviting me to do or be something in the next few days? Again, do not force the question.  Simply listen for an invitation.
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Silence (two or three minutes)
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Release (Contemplatio)
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Sit quietly and rest in God’s presence.
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Be present to God without the use of words.
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Silence. Allow yourself ten to twenty minutes to simply be present and listen to God.  You will know intuitively when your silence is over.
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Note any insights, feelings or thoughts in a journal, app, or any place that you can revisit later.
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*This prayer practice can be used with any passage of Scripture.  It is also a helpful exercise to practice with a group.

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