Are You Hungry for a Richer, Deeper and More Meaningful Prayer Life? Who isn’t?
I keep hearing from folks who ask me questions about reading the Bible, praying, studying Scripture, or theology and so on and so forth. It’s always wonderful to hear from folks and get all their interesting questions. If I had to summarize all their questions with only one question, it would be this, “Pastor, I feel my prayer life is empty and missing something. Can you help me?”
And it is precisely because I and others at Concordia Publishing House are so often asked this question that we developed a resource, designed to be used by a congregation and the contregation’s pastor, to help the whole congregation learn the ancient art of what I call a “prayerful meditation on God’s Word.” There are other names for it, most notably, “Lectio Divina” or “Divine Reading” of Scripture. More on that in a moment.
Now, I know that there are all kinds of red flags and caution signals that go up,and off, in some people’s minds when they hear the expression, “Lectio Divina.” And I understand why, but here we have a classic example of the old adage that “improper use does not rule out a proper use” or, in Latin, abusus non tollit usum. [You can say that and wow and amaze your friends!]
In fact, not many people realize that Martin Luther himself was a champion of a proper approach to Lectio Divina, having practiced this ancient Christian art of prayer and meditation for so many years as a monk. He recognized the dangers of improper use of it, but encouraged a proper use of it, most famously perhaps, in his letter to Peter, his barber, who asked Father Martin for a better way to pray. Luther explained how a person should mediate and ruminate on the texts of Scritpure, slowly and prayerfully, seeking in the Word of God, its meaning and application to one’s life.
Concordia Publishing House prepared a resource that does exactly this and teaches you how to do it. It is called “Light of Life” and takes a person through the Gospel of John, offering a lot of helpful, introductory materials to help you understand how to do this. Here is where you can buy a copy of the resource.
For a congregation wishing to use it across the congregation we prepared a CD filled with resources for promotion and explanation, you can get that here.
You can take a look at a sample from “Light of Life” by clicking this link.