“To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers. So it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.” – St. John Chrysostom, A.D. 347-407
Scripture does yield indescribable riches when we take the time to read it and pray with it. Lectio Divina, one way of engaging with the Word, is a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures so that the Bible — the living Word of God — becomes a means of union with him.
Lectio Divina is Latin for “sacred reading.” This prayer method relies on slowly perusing sacred Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. Gaining information is not the intention of Lectio Divina.
Instead, it's about using the Bible as an aid to connect with the living God. Uniting our hearts and minds with God in faith is the central focus of this prayer method. Further reading sustains this union. This ancient and powerful form of praying with Scripture began around A.D. 220 and was practiced by Catholic monks, especially the monastic rules of Sts. Pachomius, Augustine, Basil and Benedict.
Although Lectio Divina has its roots in monasticism, it can be practiced by anyone in any faith denomination.
Get started with Lectio Divina: Lectio.AmericanBible.org
Excerpted from Uncover Magazine, which is geared to church leaders seeking Bible renewal. Read the Magazine »