This prayer method is ‘meditative reading’ and is often called the Prayer of the Listening Heart, ‘listening, reflecting, responding’ . It is a practice common to most religions. It begins with reading a short passage from scripture and then quietly reflecting upon it. As we read slowly, we allow the words to enter within us. When a word or thought resonates deeply. we stay with it, reflecting on the experience. We may repeat this process.
- Choose a short passage of scripture.
- Read it a few times.
- Choose a phrase or word that speaks to you. Sit quietly with the words, allow the scripture to penetrate your being, both feelings and thoughts.
- Respond from the heart, authentically as in a dialogue with God.
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