#143: The Single Most Powerful Way to End Your Day—Guaranteed!

If you are anything like me when the day is done you turn off the computers and televisions, put the cellphone and the I-Pad on their chargers and head off to bed to get some much needed rest. But wait!

Powerful, Prayer, Day

Before you close your eyes and drift off to never, never land I want you to do one more thing. It will only take a few minutes and it is without a doubt the most powerful way to end your day and set up tomorrow for success. Guaranteed!

If you read last week’s blog I said the most powerful way to start your day was to pray the Prayers of Intentions before your feet hit the floor.

Guess what this week’s recommendation is?! That’s right, pray. But this time I want you to pray through what is called the Prayer of Examination at the end of your day.

Over 400 years ago St Ignatius Loyola began the practice at the end of every day of praying through the day.

Praying the Prayer of Examination

There is no single “best” or “right” way to review your day in prayer. What is most important is that you are honest with the Lord and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

  • Come into God’s presence. Often our days are a confusing jumble of activities. Ask God to calm your heart, and open your mind to hear what the Holy Spirit has for you.
  • Give thanks. Review the events of the day with an attitude of gratitude. Every day is a gift from God. Give thanks to God that He is always with you!
  • Be sensitive to the emotions you felt throughout the day. As you review the events of the day consider what emotions you experienced. Were you angry, sad, joyful, bored, or energized? What situations contributed to these emotions?
  • Hone in on one event. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind a single event during the day, whether it was positive or negative, and prayerfully consider if there is something you could have done better, a sin you need to confess, or someone you need to minister to.
  • Look toward tomorrow. As you consider what tomorrow might bring, ask God to give you His wisdom, His understanding, His strength, and His power!

Like the Prayer of Intentions if you’ll commit to praying through the Prayer of Examinations every day for 30 days with an open and honest heart I guarantee you’ll feel closer to the Lord, and wake up feeling more refreshed than ever before!

Join the Conversation

As always questions and comments are welcome. Have you engaged in some form of a prayer of examination at some point during your life? How did it make you feel? Did it make a difference in your life?

 

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3 thoughts on “#143: The Single Most Powerful Way to End Your Day—Guaranteed!

  1. Ron- The prayer of examinations makes a lot of sense. Seeking reflection and guidance before going to sleep has a calming effect. Good for the body, mind and spirit.

    • John,

      I wish I could say that the Prayer of Examination occurs every night before I close my eyes, but it doesn’t. I can tell thought when I am more diligent and consistent, I seem to sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more rested.

      • I used to infrequently floss my teeth. Long days and fatigue often won out over flossing. Then one day I read about changing habits, and starting small. Floss just a few teeth. Build from there. I think blogger James Clear is where I learned about that, and the power of habit. So I suspect the same is true with prayer. Building the habit. Be it a short reflection. And the next night more. Until it becomes a second nature, nightly ritual?