D = Daily Devotions: The Soul-Secrets of Sacred Reading Matthew 4:1-4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

The tempter came to Him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”—Matthew 4:1-4 Several years ago, there was a popular television show entitled “The Facts of Life,” and one of the stars was a woman named Lisa Whelchel who played the part of Blair.

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He had promised to maintain a lamp for him and his descendants forever.” That one word—nevertheless—jumped out at me, and with my pencil I drew a box around it, and for days and days I was encouraged in my spirit because of that one word. Sometimes God Speaks to us in a Phrase Sometimes God speaks to us in a phrase from the Bible.

Everything may be collapsing around us, but nevertheless the promises of God are secure. I’ve occasionally battled anxiety, but there’s one thing about that for which I can give thanks.

I call these moments ‘Rhema Rays.’” It seems to me that this is what the ancient Christians and the desert fathers called lectio divina (pronounced lex’-ee-o / dih-vee-nah), which means, literally, sacred reading.

This is one of the ancient disciplines that we need to rediscover in this day of blaring noises and non-stop sound.

My anxiety has so often driven me to the Bible to find a promise or a word of reassurance from the Lord.

For example, one night a four-word phrase in Mark hit me like a load of bricks: “Have faith in God.” On another occasion, it was a two-word phrase in Psalm 37: “Fret not.” On another occasion, I was reading through the book of Daniel, and it was a time of special concern for me.

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Lectio divina means that we find a time to be still and to open the Bible or some great devotional piece of literature, and we read it for our own soul’s nourishment, looking for that word or phrase or verse or chapter that will speak to us as though it had our names on it, as though we could hear the voice of Jesus Himself speaking to us personally and pointedly.