Lectio Divina Instructions
Lectio Divina (or divine reading) is a spiritual reading of scripture. We come to the scripture not
for study only, but approach the text in a sense with openness to receive from God. The traditional lectio framework has four distinct stages outlined in the instructions below.
Reading God’s Word (Lectio)
Read Isaiah chapter one slowly twice. if you are doing this in a group have the listeners close their eyes to help them focus on hearing. As you read listen for a word or phrase that seems “illuminated” for
you. Sit in silence a couple minutes.
Reflecting on God’s Word (Meditatio)
Read the passage again, but this time focusing only on verses 10-20. During the silence reflect on how the passage speaks to your life today.
Responding to God (Oratio)
Read verses 10-20 again. During the few minutes of silence consider how God is calling you to
respond. Pray and tell Jesus your intended response to what you have heard. It might be praise or action of some kind, or something to think further on etc.
Resting in God (Contemplatio)
Read verses 10-20 one final time. Rest in the words in silence for a few minutes. Close in prayer.