How to Pray the Gospels (Lectio Divina)
- DEDICATE 5 to 10 minutes a day (preferably at the same time each day) to this important spiritual exercise and nourishment.
- Find a special PLACE where you can go for this “listening to the Lord.” Maybe this place could be in a quiet living room while seated in your favorite easy chair, in the privacy of your own bedroom, or on a quiet front porch. A “prayer corner” in your home is also advisable; for example, with a small altar, an icon of Christ, etc.
- Get into a comfortable POSTURE which will help you better listen to Him.
- Focus on His PRESENCE. The gift of Faith tells you God wants to communicate with you! Possibly light a candle to be symbolic of this fact.
- PICK A PASSAGE. Find a short passage from one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John). For example, Luke 7:36-50 is about Jesus with the woman who wept at His feet. Read the passage once, slowly.
- PRAY. Ask yourself, “What is this passage saying to me or about me?” Remember that this same passage can be said to be God’s “love letter” to you at this particular moment. Thank Him. Praise Him. Ask Him for Wisdom. Ask Him for what you need, all while remaining quiet. Psalm 46:10 states: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
- RE-READ the short Gospel passage. Are there any new inspirations that come to you?
- CONCLUDE by thinking about “How can I live this passage today?” and by making a resolution for the day. Remember: your resolution for the day should be something practical and concrete and capable of fulfilling. End this 5 to 10 minute spiritual exercise with the Our Father prayer.