How to Pray: Lectio Divina

Hallow Lectio Divina Illustration

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Lectio Divina means “divine reading” in Latin. It’s a meditative way of reading the Bible in which we let go of our own agendas and open ourselves to what God is trying to say to us.

When I was first introduced to Lectio Divina, I chose the passage from the Gospel where Jesus teaches the Our Father. What stuck out to me during this first attempt at Lectio Divina became the name of our app – the word “hallow,” which means “to make holy.”

4 Steps to Pray with Scripture

1. Read: Or when using Hallow, listen. Take a short passage from the Bible and listen to it carefully. Let it soak in.

2. Meditate: Use your imagination to enter into the scene. What sticks out to you? Perhaps it’s a particular image, phrase, or single word. Let that be your focus – what might God be trying to show you through what stands out or doesn’t stand out to you?

3. Pray: Respond to the text. Ask God to show you what He wants you to take from it. This could lead you to offer thanks, ask forgiveness, or simply talk with God about what the passage brought to your heart. 

4. Contemplate – Rest with God. Be aware of God’s presence with you. Listen for His voice.

At the end of the Lectio Divina sessions in Hallow, we close with the Our Father and the sign of the cross. 

In the app, we have Scripture passages that have different themes and questions for reflection in praylists (such as ones related to love, humility, or sleep), and you can always pray Lectio Divina with the daily Gospel. 

To start out, you can try the seventh “Intro” challenge and see how it goes. We hope to pray with you soon!