Colored Pencil Prayer: Visual Lectio Divina

This practice is an adaptation of the ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina, or divine reading. It is a scripture-focused exercise that can help you experience a Bible passage in a new way. I encourage you to try this practice with one or more of this week’s scripture readings. All you need is a blank piece of paper and a few colored pencils–and a Bible, of course.


  • Read the scripture passage out loud. Listen for the words or phrases that grab your attention. Note the most compelling words and phrases from the passage.
  • Read through the scripture passage silently. This time consider what colors come to mind as you read. There may be colors associated with actual objects in the passage or colors that reflect a general mood of the scripture. Get out the colored pencils that are the colors you associate with the passage.
  • Read the scripture passage one more time, silently or out loud. This time, think about the shapes that the passage invokes. These might be shapes of specific objects, but not necessarily. Note the shape(s) suggested by the scripture.
  • On your paper, use your selected colored pencils to draw the shapes and write the words that you made note of as you read. You might find that the shapes make a picture or a pattern. You may feel you want to write some of the words and phrases over and over. Simply draw and write in any way you like as you contemplate the scripture passage you have read.


Lectio Yoder

This visual lectio divina was created by Derek Yoder, reflecting on Ezekiel 37:1-15.