Daily conversation with God is a sharing of a personal prayer with God. We are not ministers, priests or theologians, we are just ordinary people that desire to be close to God. The sharing’s are personal, not instructional and speak to author at the present time of their life and reading. Most days the sharing will be based on the Gospel reading of the day but it also may be based on any reading in the bible.
Our intent is to show that God speaks to all of us personally, inspire others to pray daily, and establish an intimate relationship with God. Many people are not sure how to pray and prayer takes many shapes and forms, this is just one of them.
The daily prayer sharing presented here is based on a prayer technique that is commonly used around the world. Its’ origins are founded in Lectio Divina, (Latin for “Divine Reading”), a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.
Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.
The focus of Lectio Divina is not a theological analysis of biblical passages but viewing them with Christ as the key to their meaning. For example, given Jesus’ statement in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you”, an analytical approach would focus on the reason for the statement during the Last Supper, the biblical context, etc. In Lectio Divina, however, the practitioner “enters” and shares the peace of Christ rather than “dissecting” it. In some Christian teachings, this form of meditative prayer leads to an increased knowledge of Christ.
The roots of Scriptural reflection and interpretation go back to Origen in the 3rd century, after whom St. Ambrose taught them to St. Augustine. The monastic practice of Lectio Divina was first established in the 6th century by Saint Benedict and was then formalized as a four-step process by the Carthusian monk Guigo II during the 12th century. In the 20th century, the constitution Dei verbum of the Second Vatican Council recommended Lectio Divina to the general public and its importance was affirmed by Pope Benedict XVI at the start of the 21st century.
“There is one particular way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit. It is what we call Lectio Divina. It consists of reading God’s word in a moment of prayer and allowing it to enlighten and renew us.”
A Latin term meaning “divine reading” describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us.
It is not a prayer technique just for men, it is for all people who desire a closer relationship with God through a prayer conversation. We would like to encourage you to practice this prayer and note that at times it may be difficult to do daily, but once you have established the habit, it becomes an essential part of your day. It transforms from a commitment to a deep desire to speak with God, in fact it becomes a necessity in your day.
So, we encourage you to stick with it a reap the blessings that God will provide!