During Mark’s doctoral studies, he discovered that the “God-Sighting” practice he created had some similarities to another practice called the Examen Prayer, developed by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). Mark was excited to discover that, as Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). God has been instructing his people with ways to grow in intimacy with him throughout church history. This outline of the Examen is developed in “The Examen Prayer” by Timothy Gallagher:
Transition: I become aware of the love with which God looks upon me as I begin this examen.
Step One—Gratitude: I note the gifts that God’s love has given me this day, and I give thanks to God for them.
Step Two—Petition: I ask God for an insight and a strength that will make this examen a work of grace, fruitful beyond my human capacity alone.
Step Three—Review: With my God, I review the day. I look for the stirrings in my heart and the thoughts that God has given me this day. I look also for those that have not been of God. I review my choices in response to both, and throughout the day in general.
Step Four—Forgiveness: I ask for the healing touch of the forgiving God who, with love and respect for me, removes my heart’s burdens.
Step Five—Renewal: I look to the following day and, with God, plan concretely how to live it in accord with God’s loving desire for my life.
Transition: Aware of God’s presence with me, I prayerfully conclude the examen.
We pray that this process is a blessing to you today as you seek the Lord in your coming and going. As you look at intentional ways to engage the Lord in your daily life, we promise that your heart will be open to receive the love of Jesus in a new and refreshing ways. We are praying for you all and we love you dearly.
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