Using one of Richard Foster’s categories, I wrote the following short a Prayer of Examen. You’ll recognize these to be additional stanzas that develop David’s “search me O God” prayer from Psalm 139:23-24.

 

Search me, God, know my heart; 
try me, know my thoughts. 
See if there is a wicked path in me; 
lead me along an ancient path. 
– Psalm 139 

Interrupt me, O God, and get my attention.
Nudge me, and tell me the truth.
Make certain I don’t miss the point
And encourage me to take it to heart.

Interview me, O God, and ask hard questions
Corner me and don’t let me off.
Challenge me if I seem vague or evasive
And bring every hidden thing to light.

Investigate me, O God, and expose my guilt
Bust me and I’ll quickly confess.
Insist I be completely honest
And the truth will set me free.