Prayer of Examen

Daily Examen

The model outlined here reviews your day through the lens of the Lord’s Prayer. Enter the process in prayer; ask God to assist you in remembering your life in truth and grace.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name

How have you attended to God’s holy presence in your life today? Where and in what ways were you especially aware or unaware of God?

Thy kingdom come, thy will by done, on earth as in heaven

In what ways did you seek God’s will? In what ways did you succeed or fail in allowing God’s yearning for the common good to rule your attitudes and actions?

Give us this day our daily bread

What is the bread, physical and spiritual, that sustained you today and or which you are grateful to God? What did you do with bread beyond your needs? With whom did you break bread or share your bread?

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

Did you forgive those who offended or harmed you? What steps remain to restore the peace? Who did you harm, and what actions did you take to make amends? What steps remain?

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Where was your faith (patience, love, hope) tested today? In what ways did you fail the test? In what ways were you delivered? What did you learn about your limits and where to find the strength you need?

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Give thanks to God for divine blessing and bounty. Name the blessings of this past day and relinquish them to God. Spend time in prayer praising God and re-dedicating your life to walking with Christ.