You may have heard of Lectio Divina, a contemplative method of praying with scripture. Visio Divina (Latin for "divine seeing") is a method for meditative praying using images and other media. Visio Divina gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to connect us to God through prayerful meditation upon artwork.
As you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to use this time and the art before you to reveal what God might want you to know about God, yourself, or the circumstances of your life. Perhaps pray, “What do you want me to notice in this creative work, God?”
Then, with your mind and spirit open to God, take some time to examine the art piece. As you pay attention to the details in the art, also notice the honest emotions and questions that rise up as you examine the work.
What parts of this artwork appeal to you? What does not appeal to you? What do parts of it remind you of? Share these thoughts with Jesus, if so inclined. Be kind to yourself during this process.
After a little while, try pausing with eyes closed for a few moments, to reflect upon what has come up so far.
Look again at the art piece and ask: “What would You, God, like to reveal to me about my own longings, my own desires, or fears or hopes through this artistic expression?” “What are Your hopes for me? For us?”
As you gaze upon the artwork, allow any ideas or thoughts that come to mind to deepen in the quiet of your soul. You might ask the Lord such questions as: “What is the truth about this thought? This image?” “What do you want me to know about You in all this?” “How does this connect to my life?”
Pause again with closed eyes, for further reflection.
Take some time to note (in a journal or in your mind) what seems important to you from this meditation time. You might jot down any actions, memories or insights which seem significant.
Feel free to respond to what has transpired (with thanks, praise, lament, wonder, dance, painting, or ?).
Close by resting quietly in the Presence of God.
Praying With Art - Dreams
This time is set aside to dream with the Lord through art as your medium.
What are you passionate about? What do you go to sleep dreaming of doing? What makes your heart come alive? What is Gods heart for your dreams? What do you dream for our community? What do you dream for our city?
Take a moment to welcome God into your process of dreaming. Make notes of where the Spirit takes you in your heart and what He brings up as you answer the questions above. Ask Him to breathe life over this time of dreaming together.
Try to imagine listening to the Lord visually. Make note of any pictures, colors, or words that come to mind.
Ask the Lord to come guide your hands and be in whatever you create. As you start to execute your ideas, you may start to get a word of knowledge or phrase to go along with your picture. Write it down as you go.
Let your creativity make its own path. Don't worry about the quality of what you're doing but more on the quality of time that you're spending with God. At the end, you get to walk away with artwork that symbolizes the dreams God has put into your heart for yourself and your community.