Did You Know that God was Trying to Get Your Attention Today?

He always is, actually.

I've heard it said that prayer is how we talk to God and scripture is how God talks to us.

But how many of us really know how to listen to what God is trying to tell us through his word in the Bible?

Enter Lectio Divina.

Simply put, Lectio Divina is the prayerful reading of God’s word in scripture. It’s an ancient tradition and a method for entering into deep, personal, mental prayer. Mental prayer is not something “extra” that’s reserved for only monks and nuns, but rather it’s the way that every Christian enters into a deeper relationship with Christ and grows into the identity that we are called to as sons and daughters of God.

Catholics are often criticized for a certain rigidity in prayer--an over-reliance on vocal prayer or a perceived inability to develop a sincere personal relationship with Christ. But this is far from the truth! While vocal prayers have their place and are undeniably important, all Christians need to nourish an intimate prayer life.

As the great doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila said:

“He who neglects mental prayer needs not a devil to carry him to hell, but he brings himself there with his own hands.”

But mental prayer isn’t always easy--there are constant demands on our time and attention that can make it seem impossible to pray well. This is where Lectio Divina can be so helpful--it is a tried and tested method for stilling the heart and mind enough to really listen to what God is saying to us and for us to respond genuinely.

If you're hoping to get started with Lectio Divina this Lent, I've created a free Lenten Prayer Guide and Journal that you can get below.

I really hope that it will be helpful to you. Let me know how it goes!

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