One of the greatest tools I’ve encountered for my ordinary life is St. Ignatius’ Prayer of Examen.
Here is a version I created, pulling from a handful of places.
THE PRAYER OF EXAMEN
BEGIN :: Become aware of God’s love and presence. Remind yourself
that God is with you. There is nothing to fear; you are safe and loved.
THANK :: Bring to mind the good things that God has brought into your life, and let gratitude begin to bubble up. What gifts, big or small, has God given you today? Thank him for every good and perfect gift.
REVIEW :: Ask God to show you where you have failed, fallen or sinned in the past day. We’re talking about sins both known and unknown. Ask God to bring to mind any and every time you turned from his leading.
NOTICE :: Look back on your day again, each and every thing you did. Relive what you thought about, wanted and felt and desired during those moments. Begin to sense God’s activity. When were you cooperating most fully with God, and when were you not?
FORGIVE :: With confidence ask God, the one whose loving presence has been with you and is always with you, to forgive you for all the moments you went your own way. Remember the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
RESPOND :: Ask yourself, “Going forward, how can I receive and participate in God’s grace, resolving to live as a cooperative partner with God for his glory and the good of my neighbor?
END :: Saint Ignatius recommends you end with The Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13.
This week in the Ordinary Time devo is on EXAMEN. And of course, The Examen of St. Ignatius is a big part of that. We need to examen our lives on a regular basis and do the work of daily discipleship in the way Jesus!
I also post this examen here for the student I’m hanging out with in Texas! I hope it helpful!!!
Here are the questions for South Texas Small Group Leaders…
Day #2 :: EXAMEN
Do you ever look at your inner life, your life with God and ask “how’s it going?”
Read Psalm 139 – now make it your prayer.
Have you opened the deepest parts of your life to God?
Do you let the Spirit of God love and lead you on a daily basis?
Do you believe that you are loved by God?
Examen your life and action, now ask that question again.
What are you ambitions and desire about?
How could you turn your ambitions and desire toward God and for God?