An Examen is an excellent way to pray and think through what you are learning is to look for God’s presence in your life. More than 400 years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by proposing what has been called the Daily Examen. Examen means to intentionally set aside a time of reflection and prayer to allow the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and insight by “examining” a particular experience, event, day, etc. It is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of a given day in order to better discern God’s presence and His direction in our lives.
This is an adapted version of St. Ignatius’ prayer. For your personal edification and spiritual growth, the following template can help you prayerfully think through what God may be speaking to you as it relates to the Lifeline to Hope training session. Here are a few simple guidelines:
St. Ignatius encouraged people to talk to Jesus like a friend. End the Examen with a conversation with Jesus. Ask forgiveness for your sins. Ask for His protection and help. Ask for His wisdom about the questions you have and the issues or problems you may be facing. Do all this in the spirit of gratitude.
“We don’t learn by experience alone, but by reflecting on the experiences we do have.” —Dr. Mara Crabtree, Regent University
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