Prayer Before Exams
Source of all wisdom,
help me to use my time
and my intelligence wisely
as I prepare for exams.
Help me to dispose myself
to listen to your Holy Spirit
so that you, as my loving Father,
may place me in a state of prayer
and lead me to understand
that the supreme wisdom
is knowing I am your child.
Help me to remain serene
so that my work may truly reflect
this profound truth
Mary, Mother of my spiritual life,
guide me in the ways of your Son,
so that my work may help
to transform this world for His glory.
Prayer by Thomas Merton
My Lord God, I have no idea
where I am going
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain
where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am
following your will does not mean
that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire
to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire
in all that I am doing.
I hope I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
you will lead me by the right road
though I may now nothing about it.
Therefore, I will trust you always.
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
for you are ever with me
and will never leave me
to face my perils alone.
I give you my hands to do your work
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
I give you my heart that you may love in me,
your Father, and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,
so that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me.
O God, with whom there is no darkness, but the night shines as day:
keep and defend us and all your children, we beseech you,
throughout the coming night. Renew our hearts with your
forgiveness and our bodies with untroubled sleep, that we may wake
to use more faithfully your gift of life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, I offer myself to your work of healing,
peace and reconciliation. In my busy world bless my
silent moments. In the stillness of my heart may I find
peace within myself, peace with others and peace with you.