Praying the Scriptures: The Practice of Lectio Divina
Pastor Wes Johnson June 11, 2006 Psalm 131
To begin, what is a gamma knife? The Gamma Knife is a medical process which uses multiple beams of radiation converging in three dimensions to focus precisely on a small volume, such as a tumor, permitting intense doses of radiation to be delivered to that volume safely.
God’s Gamma Knife is a spiritual tool by which we focus God’s healing grace upon the deep needs of our lives.
The goal of Lectio Divina is to open ourselves to the presence of the Lord through the written text of Scripture. Our goal is to pray back God’s intent as he expressed it through his Spirit in the words of the Bible. This is called “Lectio Divina,” or divine reading. (The prayerful reading of the Bible).
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.
First reading: As you read, notice a key phrase; then follow with a few moments of silent meditation upon that phrase.
My Key Phrase: ____________________
Second reading: After this reading, take a few moments to focus on the overall meaning of the passage. Try to gain an overview of the passage, the key ideas that hold it all together.
My Key Thoughts:
I can use this Psalm to ascend into the Lord’s presence
I need to recognize that some things are beyond me.
I must learn to be content in God’s presence
My concerns turn into hope when I am resting in God.
Third reading: Follow this reading by silent prayer in which you pray the intention of the passage back to the Lord.
My Prayer:___ ___________________________________
Fourth Reading : Seek to discover a single word that for you summarizes God’s intent in this section of scripture. Sit quietly in his presence, using that key word to focus your thoughts. As Philip Newell says in Celtic Prayers from Iona, “Be still and aware of God’s presence, within and all around.”
My Key Word: ____________________________________
Faith Testimony: Reflect on what this session of prayer has meant for you. You might record your thoughts in a journal or share your insights with the members of your prayer group.
What I have Gained from This Psalm Today________________
Take time this week to pray another session or two of Lectio Divina with Psalm 131.