S.T.A.R.T is a prayer process I developed that based on St. Ignatius of Loyola’s famous Examen Prayer. (This prayer is found in St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises as a prayer to review and discern how God is moving in our day).
It follows 5 simple steps, starting with ‘Step In’ where you step into the presence of God where he can be tangibly felt. This step alone ensures a meaningful prayer time in the end.
Although it is a very old form of prayer (more than 400 years old), it was revolutionary in its time. Compared to other forms of prayer, it is more experiential, more personal and proven to be a blessing. (especially against today’s contemporary and more methodical prayer)
Although this way of praying has infiltrated to modern Christianity, it has only been in parts and usually in forms that are not faithful to its origin. Hence, it is still today a little-known prayer. (especially to people outside the Catholic faith)
I want to reintroduce this prayer using 5 simple steps I created to make it more accessible to modern seekers like you. I believe it will help you know God, be near and hear Him better. As the foundation of this prayer is intimacy, this will be a refreshing way.
To have God close to you during your prayers is invaluable. If I may say, it’ll give you a spiritual advantage (if there’s such a thing). Of course, spirituality is not a competition but a preparation. A preparation for your call to love on earth.
I wish you great intimacy with God as you explore the 5 steps in the S.T.A.R.T prayer process. It has changed my life and I hope it will change yours.
I step into the presence of God. I know He is watching over me and looking down at me with love. His face shines on me and gives me the kind of indescribable peace.
I begin to thank Him for one or two things he has given to me. If I have forgotten any of them, I recall them and thank Him sincerely for them. I fall deeper into His presence as I’m thankful and filled with gratitude.
I ask Him for the things I’m feeling right now. Whatever that I truly desire, I ask of him in deep honesty and sincerity. I ask Him like a child asking His all able Father.
I go through the day, minute by minute, hour by hour, moment by moment asking God to reveal where and when did I feel spiritual consolation and when spiritual desolation during the day. I ask myself why was God near and why was He far away during these times. What is the spirit of God saying to me in these times?
I pray for the moment that God wants me to dwell longer in. I see how I can turn back from my way to His way if there is. Turning back is not difficult if I know turning back is falling back into the arms of a Merciful God. I surrender and repent recognizing the ways I have gone.
With the spirit of God, I resolved to start again with joy and commitment to live a joyful and pure life. I thank God and end formally with the Lord’s Prayer.
The S.T.A.R.T Process is really that simple and it is not a prayer to be read, it is a prayer to be prayed. So you owe it to yourself to pray it and let me know what you think? I’ll be glad to hear about your progress in this wonderful heritage that St. Ignatius has left behind to us to enjoy.
Start Your Journey Here:
Exercise of Being Near Jesus As A Beloved Child of God