“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23–24
“Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6.16
“The Examen is an immediate solution to the problem of ‘what do I pray about?’ The answer is: everything that's happened to you today. You might have the impression that your everyday life is the dreary same old, same old. It isn't. Daily life is rich and meaningful. Every encounter, every challenge, every disappointment, and every delight is a place where God can be found.” Jim Manney
"The Examen makes us aware of moments that at first we might easily pass by as insignificant; moments that ultimately can give direction for our lives." Dennis Linn
How to practice the Examen:
Find a quiet place at the end of the day and open yourself to the presence of God.
Replay the day in order to recognise your emotions and God's presence with you in it.
Rejoice in all the good things of the day.
Repent of the ways in which you did not follow Jesus wholeheartedly.
Resolve to live for Jesus tomorrow.
The Examen is an immediate solution to the problem of ‘what do I pray about?’ Jonny Hughes, who leads Trinity Church Nottingham, talks us through it.