The Examen Prayer

The aim of this prayer is to develop a growing awareness of God within daily life and support each person in more fully living out God’s love within the world. Over the centuries, many different wordings of the Examen prayer, also called a Review of the Day, have been written. The one below is a more contemporary version of the Examen Prayer.

Step 1: Coming into God’s Presence
I settle myself for prayer, perhaps by being more aware of my breathing

Step 2: Review the day with gratitude
I allow the day to play through my mind like a video. I notice the joys of the day, no matter how small or insignificant they might appear.

Step 3: Pay attention to your emotions
I reflect on the feelings experienced today in both the joys and the sorrows. I ask what God might be showing me through these emotions.

Step 4: Stay with what seems significant
I ask the Holy Spirit to bring my attention to something that God thinks is significant, no matter how small or mundane it appears.

Step 5: Look toward tomorrow
I ask God for what I need for tomorrow to more fully live out God’s love in the world.

At the end of the Examen try talking to Jesus, as with a friend, about this time of prayer. In this conversation it is useful to notice anything that was easy in the prayer and anything that was challenging. The time of prayer of usually concludes using the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Once familiar with the Examen prayer, it can be helpful to write your own version of the five steps.

You can click on the player below for an audio version of the Examen Prayer spoken by Duncan Hughes

More information on the Examen, including alternative versions, can be found at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/