The Latin words for divine reading are Lectio Divina. Author Pat Bell recently explained this to me. The leader reads the scripture and listeners listen for a word/ phrase that impresses them.
The listener repeats the reading. This time the listeners connect that thought with a present life situation and utter a silent prayer.
On the third reading, listeners are invited to reflect on God’s personal invitation to them in that scripture and respond with prayer or writing.
Of course, there are many ways to study scripture, but the final goal is always to connect personally connect with God the Father, to hear his voice and discern the pathway he has designed for us.
When is the last time you opened your Bible and listened for his voice? God is waiting.
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, AMP)
Prayer – Lord God, we sit silently before you, listening for your direction. Amen