I have just completed a week of meditating on the Bible using the Lectio Divina method, the slow reading of a passage until a word stands out, something to work with and pray about.
The text I used was from John’s Gospel Chapter 6:35-40. Not a lot to work with you may think. But split into sections it is quite amazing. Each day I read the whole of this (part of Jesus teaching on the Bread of Life) and then used one verse to concentrate on. I had enough verses for 6 days and on the 7th day I re-read the whole part through again to see if there was anything I had missed.
I actually found this form of looking at the Bible very helpful and surprising. Reading over one verse a day means you really look at it and see things you might otherwise miss when you read normally. It made me think about my relationship with Jesus and his and his Father’s to me. This led into prayer about belief, trust and doubt. I even made notes at the end of the week in my journal which include lines like – God has given me to Jesus – Jesus is the shepherd, I am the sheep – Jesus will keep all those (sheep) that God has given him and will not lose them – God’s will, not Jesus’ – God’s will, not mine. There is more. One particular verse that kept coming back to me was about those who have seen him (Jesus) and still not believe.
I used some visualisation techniques to picture myself with the crowd of people sitting listening to him him speak and to hear the sounds of what was going on around me. I find these techniques useful to set the scene and bring me closer to Jesus.
I would use this meditating method again as I find if helpful and it brings me closer to an understanding of a Bible passage, or at least to re-think what I have read, ask questions and is a great aid to prayer. It really did work for me.