Praying with Scripture:
An ancient way of praying with scripture called Lectio Divina which means literally "sacred reading." Choose a short passage of Scripture ... 10 verses or less The daily/weekly Lectionary is an excellent source.
Guido II, a medieval Christian leader, systemized the lectio divina
process into four stages:
More simply I think of these movements as:
Read ... Receive, Reflect, Respond, Rest
Movement 1: Read the passage slowly, aloud or silently, in a way that helps you to listen to the beauty of the text as the words wash over you. Perhaps there was a word or phrase that caught your attention as it flowed. Receive the word into your heart and your mind and your soul.
Movement 2: Read once again and Reflect on your word or phrase. Turn your chosen text over and over in your mind, allowing it to soak into inner being. Be still, breathe quietly and consider how God is speaking to you as you read and ponder and pray.
Movement 3: Read once again and Respond to God in spontaneous prayer that arises from your time of deep reflection. Allow your inner thoughts and feelings to emerge as you pray.
Movement 4: Read once again (or choose not to) and Rest in God's gentle and holy presence for as long as you are able knowing that God loves you and will always be with you!