Lectio Divina Guides

Kristi Leading Soul Care Group

People often ask us, What are the best Scripture passages to use for Lectio Divina? Here are some Bible passages that we’ve found especially helpful — with Lectio Divina Guides for each.

Our Lectio Divina Guides are free, easy to use, and great for small groups, church staff or elder meetings, retreats, or private devotions. It’s best to pray for God to guide you to the Bible passage that relates to the focus of the group or what members might need to learn. Then spend some time with the Bible passage by yourself before you do this for others.

For many centuries God has used the spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina to help people open their hearts to Christ and one another through the Word of God. Lectio Divina can help us grow in our discipleship to Jesus.

What is Included in our Lectio Divina Guides?

All the Lectio Divina Guides below are one page handouts that will guide you or your small group step-by-step in using Lectio Divina with a key Scripture passage. Each Guide has a title/theme for spiritual formation in Christ, a list of the four steps of Lectio Divina that we use, a very brief introduction to the Bible passage, an opening Abiding Prayer, the Bible passage, and the focus questions for each reading. (We’re continually adding to this library. Also, we have other many other types of Bible-based spiritual formation guides for personal devotions and small groups under “Experiences.”)

Scripture Passages for Lectio Divina (Links go to PDF handouts)

Genesis 16:6-15: At the Well of the Living One who Sees Me (The Lord Appears to Hagar when she’s Crying)

Exodus 3:1-4: Turn Aside to See the Burning Bush (Learn from Moses how to discern God’s leading) *

1 Samuel 30:1-6: Help for Discouraged Leaders (David finds strength in the Lord when his men turn on him at Ziklag) *

2 Kings 6:8-17: See the Lord’s Chariots of Fire Protecting You (Elisha prays for his servant’s eyes to be opened)

Psalm 13: Questions and Songs in the Dark Night (Take heart from David in your trial) *

Psalm 22: Praying with Christ at the Cross (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?… [God] has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one.”)

Psalm 46: God is Our Refuge (“Be still and know that I am God.” In anxious times or any situation of need you can live in the spiritual reality of the city of God.)

Psalm 63: Longing for God (“O God… earnestly I seek you, my soul thirsts for you in a dry and weary land”)

Psalm 73: Be the Strength of My Heart (“God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”)

Psalm 84: One Day in God’s Kingdom (“Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere”)

Isaiah 30:15-21: Unhurried Grace (“In repentance and rest is your salvation; In quietness and trust is your strength.”)

Isaiah 43:14-19: The Lord is Doing a New Thing! (Especially good at the beginning of a New Year or with a group that’s needing a fresh start.)*

Isaiah 55:9-12: The Word From the Heavens (Listen, the word of God falls like rain)

Matthew 3:13-17 (and parallel passages in the other Gospels): Baptized in Christ (In Christ the heavens are opened to us as they were to Jesus at his baptism: “You are my beloved child and in you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit remains on us.)

Matthew 8:5-13: Just Say the Word (Jesus heals the Roman soldier’s servant in response to his great faith)

Matthew 11:25-30: Step into Jesus’ Easy Yoke (Learn to live and work in Jesus’ unforced rhythms of grace)

Matthew 17:1-13: The Transfiguration of Jesus in a Small Group

Mark 1:21-39: Jesus’ Sabbath Day (An example of how he rests and works in an easy yoke)

Mark 4:26-29: The Most Important Work Happens While You Sleep (The parable of the growing seed)

Mark 4:35-41: Peace! Be still. (Jesus calms the storm with a word!)

Mark 5:24-34: Touch Jesus and Be Healed (The touch of faith heals bodies and souls)

Mark 6:30-44: The Interrupted Retreat (“Come away” with Jesus… Share the Bread of Life.)

Mark 16:1-8: The Risen Christ Goes Ahead of You*

Luke 1:26-38: Let it Be to Me According to Your Word (The virgin birth — especially good for Advent)

Luke 4:38-46: People Press in On Jesus — He Knows When to Say Yes and When to Say No

Luke 5:1-11: Become Jesus’ Disciple to Fish for Souls

Luke 6:12-23: Spiritual Leaders Listen to God (Jesus spends the night in prayer and then chooses his Apostles)

Luke 7:36-50: Worship the Lord Jesus with Affectionate Gratitude (The prostitute, not the religious leader, shows us what it looks like to worship the Lord)

Luke 11:1-13: Jesus Shows Us How to Pray (The disciples admire how Jesus prays so he teaches them the Lord’s Prayer)

John 1:43-51: Living where Angels Ascend and Descend (Jesus invites Nathaniel and Philip to, “Come and see” how he lives)

John 3:1-15: Coming to Life in the Kingdom of God (Nicodemus, a great Bible teacher, needs to learn how to participate in God’s Kingdom)

John 3:22-4:3: More of Jesus, Less of Me (“Jesus must become greater; I must become less”)

John 4:27-36: Jesus’ Food (Jesus thrives on spiritual food and teaches us to do the same)

John 5:1-20: Join the Father’s Work (Jesus heals the invalid at the Sheep Gate Pool)

John 6:5-15: A Little is a Lot When You Put it Into Jesus’ Hands (Jesus multiplies a little boy’s lunch to feed over 5,000)

John 10:3-14: Listen to Good Shepherd’s Voice (Jesus is the Good Shepherd and his sheep listen to his voice, with the help of a faithful watchman)

John 13:3-14: Godly Leaders Wash Feet (As Jesus serves us we are empowered to serve others)

John 15:1-12: Abide in Jesus (Fruit grows naturally from your life when you abide in Jesus as he abides in the Father)

Acts 7:54-60: A Radiant Life and a Radiant Death (Stephen overflows with God’s grace and power in life and as he’s stoned to death)

Acts 16:22-34: Your Best Ministry Opportunity is Your Response to Trials (Paul and Silas sing hymns in jail)

Romans 12:1-2: Discerning the Spirit’s Wisdom to Lead a Meeting (For leadership/ministry groups to practice submitting their meeting agenda to the Spirit of Christ and following his lead)*

1 Corinthians 2:1-5: Dynamic Leadership for Christ (Modeled by the Apostle Paul)*

1 Corinthians 13: Love is Christ Shining Out of My Body

2 Corinthians 12:7-12: A Thorn in the Flesh as a Means of Grace (Do you relate to Paul’s thorn in the flesh?)*

Ephesians 3:14-21: Paul’s Trinitarian Prayer for the Body of Christ

Colossians 1:9-14: A Worthy Life that Pleases God (Take heart from Paul’s prayer)

Colossians 1:15-20; 2:3, 9: Consult with Christ — He is Supreme! (Especially good for a leadership group)* OR Rely on the Wonderful Counselor (Especially good for counselors and caregivers)*

Hebrews 11-12: Join Abraham’s Pilgrimage of Faith (Faith is more than right answers or a leap in the dark)

1 Peter 5:1-12: Spiritual Leaders are Humble (Self-promoting and ambitious Peter became the humble, servant leader of the 1st Century advice. Here’s his uncommon leadership advice.)

Revelation 3:14-22: It’s Jesus at the Door! (Jesus says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock.”)

* These Lectio Divina Guides use modified focus questions targeted on the application of the Bible passage.