Prayer of Examen
Written By Joseph Luigs
Try to take at least 10 minutes at the end of your day to pray. You can do it alone or with your family or roommates. The prayer of examen is a prayer practice in the evening to reflect upon the day.
The Prayer of Examen
This prayer has two functions. First, it causes prayerful reflection on thoughts, feelings, and actions throughout the day to see how God has been present and at work throughout the day. Second, it is a time to be searched by God in the depths of our hearts, to see where we have missed the Lord and sinned in our day. Thus, in both ways, the goal of this evening prayer is to be attentive to our day, not for mere introspection or even resolution, but to see God at work in and around us throughout our day. The prayer of examen has five steps.
Step 1: Attentiveness
Take time in silence to remember that you are in the presence of God. God is aware of you, and you are aware of Him. Spend a few moments even controlling your breathing, not being frustrated when you are distracted, but returning your focus to the Lord. Pray from Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Likewise, be reminded of God’s character.
- THIS WEEK: Read and consider Luke 19:1-10. What does this passage communicate about the character of Jesus?
Step 2: Thanksgiving
Step 3: Review
Step 4: Repentance
Step 5: Grace for Tomorrow
Take a minute and read Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:15-6:4 to households. What stands out to you?
MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD – Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” | Luke 21:1-4
If we cannot honor and serve our own family, what hope do we have of honoring our boss? Our church family? Our neighbor? God Himself?