Lord, Teach Me to Pray with Scripture - Part 2
Q: I’ve heard it is important to pray more with Scripture. How do I do this? Is there a simple way to dive in to the Bible without getting stuck in the book of Leviticus?
Answer: That’s a great question! When I was in high school, I decided that I wanted to read through the entire Bible, cover to cover. Two years later, I accomplished that goal, and I am glad I did. However, while working through this reading endeavor, sometimes it really turned into just that, a reading endeavor, not a prayer endeavor.
When I got to college, I learned about a monthly prayer event held in the chapel called Lectio Divina, which is Latin for “Divine Reading”. Each month the Archbishop invited a handful of students for breakfast and asked them to choose a Scripture passage for the next month’s Lectio Divina evening.The morning I was invited, I had just read about The Calming of a Storm at Sea in the Gospel of Mark. Midterm season was right around the corner and I thought this passage would be a good fit, so I shared it with the group. It ended up being chosen as the Scripture for that month’s Lectio Divina evening, and through this new experience, I learned how to enter into Scripture in a new and deeper way which led me closer to Christ.
As you begin praying with Lectio Divina, plan to set aside at least ten minutes to really focus your prayer. Pick a Scripture passage that intrigues, inspires, or interests you.
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