Follow the Lectio Divina phases for your devotion today
Praying with Scripture falls into the following four phases. These phases are not air-tight compartments with rigid transitions between them. Lectio offers a natural flow from one phase to the next rather than a lock-step march.
Please read Psalm 45
Phase One - Lectio: reading. - What does the text say?
TURN to the text and read it slowly, gently, out loud. Savor the reading, feel the words in your mouth, listening for the "still, small voice" of a particular word or phrase that says, "I am for you today."
Phase Two - Meditatio: meditation. What does the text say specifically to me at this point in my life?
TAKE the word or phrase into yourself. Slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories, and ideas. Let your imagination engage the text. Images are not necessarily but invitations into dialogue with God.
Phase Three - Oratio: prayer. What does God say to me and what do I say to God through the text?
SPEAK to God. Interact with God as you would with one who you know loves and accepts you. Experience this God-breathed word or phrase as a means to bless and transform the thoughts and images that God’s Word has awakened in you. Give to God what you have found in your heart.
Phase Four - Contemplatio: contemplation. Being still, resting in God’s presence, and letting God work through my mind and heart.
FINALLY, REST in God's embrace. Let go of words and images. Rejoice that God is with you in silence, spiritual rest, and inner receptivity.
SILENCE - LISTEN – DWELL – ABIDE
As you come up out of the depths of contemplation and prepare to resume your normal activities, first thank God for meeting you in this time. Then ask God to show you what difference can this text make in how you act? What possibilities does it open up? What challenges does it pose?