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Starting to use the Examen prayer

As I work through the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook with a friend, I’ve started using the Examen, an Ignatian/Jesuit prayer approach.

It’s about noticing yourself and your time in the presence of God, an ‘examination of consciousness’ (the Latin word refers to a scales for weighing). It’s traditionally used at noon and day’s end.

The version below comes from but have a look at too. Also, Practicing the Way has a version for using in a group setting.


God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me. (Become aware of God’s presence)


God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today. (Review the day with gratitude)


God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth. (Pay attention to your emotions)


God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me. (Choose one feature of the day and pray from it)


As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be. (Look toward tomorrow)


(I keep a document on my e-reader with set prayers: one is John Stott’s morning prayer, some are inspired by Peter Adam, some are ancient Irish or Scots prayers, some are Psalms or from the Epistles. What I want to grow in is internalising/memorising.)

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