READ (LECTIO) Read a small section of Scripture slowly and deliberately. Read the text, aloud at least twice with a slightly different emphasis each time. In the traditional Benedictine manner a passage is read four times.
Pay attention, ponder, allow words to penetrate your awareness through use of faculties such as imagination, senses, visualization, and feelings. Ask relational questions of the passage: What does this say about God? What does this say about me? What is the meaning of the text? What is the Holy Spirit saying to me right now? What am I thinking and feeling as I read it?
PRAY (ORATIO) Pray in response to stirring that arises out of interaction with the text. Take parts of the text and pray them back to Jesus. Ask Holy Spirit to stir in you things you should pray about what you’ve read. Repent about anything that you are convicted of and ask, “what should I do as a result of what I’ve read?”
CONTEMPLATE (CONTEMPLATIO) Rest in silence, the presence of God, and allow what you have heard and felt to be absorbed into your heart and mind. Rest in love and grace of Jesus. Be still and know that God is God. Silence is the ground to let things the Holy Spirit is saying through the word to take root.
Project 3:45 Bible Reading Plan
It takes on average 3 minutes and 45 seconds to reach one chapter of the New Testament. Project 3:45+ is an extended version of the New Testament reading plan. The "Plus" adds a Psalm or Proverb per day (including weekends) and selected readings from the Old Testament five days per week.
The beauty of a Bible reading plan is that all the guesswork is removed and there is always a place to start and a sense of direction. For those that really want to add more to their devotional reading time, Project 3:45+ offers great options.
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