Lectio Divina is Latin for divine reading, spiritual reading, or "holy reading," An ancient form of meditation on scripture where one reads "very slowly through a text until a word or phrase 'lights' up and attracts the reader. The text is then laid aside and the phrase is repeated in the heart...without analysis."
1. Reading/thinking about Scripture
2. Reflecting on a personal word from the text
3. Responding in prayer on how the passage speaks into their life today
4. Resting in (or listening to) a personal message from God
the Four Rhythms in Lectio Divina):
1. Lectio: Read the Scripture passage slowly and give it a title.
2. Meditatio: Reflect on one word or phrase the Holy Spirit directs your attention to.
3. Oratio: Respond in prayer with emotion about a personal struggle or longing.
4. Contemplatio: Rest in a personal invitation or affirmation spoken to you by the Lord. (Write down what you sense God might be saying to you or just rest in his loving arms.)