4 unique ways you can practice engaging the Scriptures in order to hear from God and grow to know Him and his heart better.
-Lectio Divina – leaning into a passage to listen for one word, one phrase God wants to unpack and serve up to minister to you; that you may know him better. Ask Him why that word/phrase is sticking out to you? Ask Him to show you how that can grow you to love Him and love people?
-Circling a passage - you take a passage of Scripture and you read until you feel a nudge to stop (see something you haven’t seen, sense the HS quicken your pulse on a word, phrase, reality unfolding in the story. Take 5 days to circle it. Day 1: read until the Lord stops you on a verse, phrase (ask him to speak to you from that place). Day 2 Read it again and ask Him to apply this portion to a specific situation. Day 3 Read it again and ask him to convict your own heart from this portion today. Day 4 Read it again and ask Him to reveal Himself – a facet of His nature, character, attributes, heart to your from within that portion. Day 5 Read it again and ask Him to use this portion of Scripture to fuel your prayer that day and how you can apply what you’ve been discovering/hearing from Him.
-Narrative integration (inserting yourself into the story; picking a character within the Scripture (parable, story) and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide your contemplation of how things unfolded for that person; what God might want to communicate to you as you reflect about His heart, his truth, how he wants to move your heart as you contemplate through that character’s thoughts, feelings, reality.
-deep dive (informing our mind so it impacts our heart) – this is about getting to dig into the original language meaning of words (hebrew / greek) to understand the nuanced meanings of language and cultural context to help us more fully comprehend what’s going on in the text. It’s studying to KNOW ABOUT – then reflecting on how that helps us KNOW BETTER. Knowledge can puff us up – but biblical knowledge must lead us to being a person that more deeply loves God and loves people. Our study & reflection on what we’re learning about - must drive us to live out what we’re learning in grace and truth.
=there are more than these 4 for sure, but these can help you as you seek to hear from God in His Word.