If you’d like a prayer that will truly help improve your nightly rest- and improve your trust in God- the Daily Examine is a good place to start.
I learned this ancient prayer years ago and have made it part of my nightly routine.
The Daily Examine was taught in the early 1500s by Ignatius Loyola, a Spanish monk. He devised the Examine while he lived in a cave for a while, spending his time learning to seek God.
Over the years, many versions of the Daily Examine have been developed. Here is the Examine I practice:
Each night, before I go to sleep:
1. I examine my day. Where did I see God at work in the world around me?
Maybe I saw a beautiful sunrise or heard a wren sing. Maybe I saw God’s handiwork in a the colors of the trees or the chirps of the crickets.
2. I examine my day. Where did I see God at work in people around me?
Maybe a student had a moment of insight. Maybe I saw God bless someone by providing for a need.
3. I examine my day. Where did I see God a work in me?
Maybe He revealed to me another character issue (kind of a daily event…). Maybe he brought a Scripture verse to life for me.
I note these things and thank God for them. That is the Examine.