A Prayer for the End of the Day

Grant to me above all things that can be desired, to rest in Thee, and in Thee to have my heart at peace.  Thou art the true peace of the heart, Thou its only rest;  out of Thee all things are hard and restless.  In this very peace, that is, in Thee, the One Chiefest Eternal Good, I will sleep and rest.

Thomas A Kempis

Pray Last

Some people like to pray at the end of the day, before going to sleep.  I have more than one friend who gets down on her knees every night, just as her parents taught her to do as a child.  Once on a Via de Cristo weekend, a woman told me she liked to pray in bed, but sometimes she fell asleep before she finished!  She was afraid this was sinful, but I don’t think so.  What could be more peaceful and trusting than to fall asleep in the arms of Christ!

Sometimes at the end of the day I use a tool called the Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

The method presented here is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted it to be shared as widely as possible

This is a version of the five-step Daily Examen that St. Ignatius practiced.

  1.  Sit quietly and become aware of God’s presence.
  2. Review your day with God, expressing your gratitude.
  3. Pay attention to your emotions.  What things brought you closer to God?  What pushed you away from Him?
  4. Choose one aspect of your day to pray about
  5. Look forward to tomorrow.

Maybe you would like to try this prayer exercise.  Let me know how it works for you.