Prayer of Examen* Noticing God in all of life.
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting”
Practice: daily, 10-15 minutes
Silence & Gratitude
Become aware of God’s presence. You are always and everywhere with God. Acts 17:28.
Recall particular good things you’ve experienced since your last Examen. Jam. 1:17
God knows your heart. Ask God to reveal things in your heart and life that are hurtful to yourself or others,
knowing there is no condemnation in God’s love. Ps.139:23, Rom.8:1
Review & Awareness
Ask: Where have the interactions, circumstances of my life been taking me?
Away from God, to God?
When do I notice the love of God?
How did I respond to God?
What challenged me?
When did I say yes to God?
Talk with Jesus
Honestly converse about what you notice. Attend to these things in prayer:
ask for forgiveness, counsel, guidance, give thanks, know that you are loved, accepted, forgiven in Christ.
Acknowledge your need of God’s abiding presence to live a God-honoring life Jn.15:5;
an ever deepening internalization of God’s love for you Eph 3:17-19;
aithfulness to you Heb 13:5; power within you Eph 3:16.
Close: The Lord’s Prayer.
*Prayer of Examen, St. Ignatius of Loyola adapted by Larry Warner.