Prayer Before an Exam

National Library Week is almost over.

I work in a library. To be more precise, I work in a building which houses a library. I don’t actually work for or in the library proper. But I do have to pass through the library to get to my office.

And so I’ve been aware of National Library Week because of the displays that I see in the library lobby. There’s a big gift-wrapped box; I think they are raffling off some prizes.

Nat'l Library Week

There’s also a rack of yellow cards marked “Prayer Before an Exam — Take One.” It may seem funny to see such a display in a university library, but this is a Catholic school after all. One of the nuns on the faculty made a wisecrack about the prayer cards yesterday: “God, please bail me out at the last minute.”

Prayer Rack

Today I took one of the cards. It has a prayer on one side, and there’s a number two pencil taped to the back. The prayer appears to be taken from Prayers That Avail Much for Teens, though there’s no citation so I’m not sure. It’s kind of long — maybe 500 words. I found this passage amusing:

Father, as I enter to take this exam, I ask You to help me. Grant me wisdom and show me how to take the test, so that I gain the most points and make the best grade I can make…

Or how about this:

I will study hard and do my best. Where I come up short, I believe that You can make up the difference.

To be fair, most of the prayer is not like that. Mostly it’s about maintaining one’s confidence, studying effectively, using one’s knowledge, staying calm, working honestly, and so forth. For example, here’s a passage I really like:

Because love casts out all fear, I won’t let fear cloud or block my thinking.

Since I’m not a theist myself, I’m always a little skeptical of prayers. I can only interpret a prayer’s value in terms of the thoughts it might instill in the one who prays, rather than as a communication to a divine being. Supernatural intervention is not the main emphasis here. Instead, it aims to put the student into a good frame of mind, to create a positive attitude. I could imagine that a religious person might actually get some benefit from this meditation.

94 thoughts on “Prayer Before an Exam”

  1. Dear God,

    first of all God, thank you for this wonderful day. thank you that everything together works for my good. Oh God, i ask for your guidance in my upcoming nurse licensure exam on November 29 & 30 2008. I thank you for all the bleesings that you have given me. I thank you God, for making me a registered nurse topnotcher in advance. i thank you God, for removing all the negative thoughts that are surrounding me. I thank you God for making me, my friends, and to all the nurses who took the nurse licensure examination a registered nurse in to your kingdom. i know God, that you’ll gonna give me my license this november 29 & 30 2008 because i know its my time and i believe that license is for me. God, thank you for always being there at my side to guide me, to help me and comfort me…

    Oh God, i pray that when i enter in my examination room i will be comfortable with my chair, my instructor, my seatmates, and especially my examination paper.

    Oh God, i also thank you for not making me anxious when i answer the test questions. i thank you God because my exams were not difficult and i was able to answer it all with the correct answers

    Oh God, thank you for believing in me because i believe in myself, i am going to shine now, i am worthy of my dreams, my future is bright and reachable, success and happiness are my birthright, my life is perfect, i am perfect and whole.

    Thank you God, for listening to my prayers. i ask this through Jesus Chris our Lord, Amen.

  2. oh God please help me in my upcoming local board exam..this will be on november 29-30, 2008..give me wisdom upon answering my test questions..and guide me always oh Lord..thank You Lord.amen

  3. LORD MY GOD AS I TAKE MY EXAM TOMORROW MAY YOU GUIDE ME ALL THE WAY…
    AND I PROMISE TO DO MY BEST…. AND I PRAY THAT YOU WILL ENLIGHTEN MY MIND AND KEEP ME CALM SOO THAT I WILL REMEMBER ALL THAT I HAVE LEARNT….
    AMEN

    GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

    GOD BLESS US ALL!!

    AND HE WON’T LEAVE US BEHIND…

  4. I KNOW THAT I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING ON MY OWN WITHOUT THE GUIDANCE AND STRENGTH OF THE ALMIGHTY AND DIVINE GOD. I PRAY TODAY AND EVERYDAY AND I ASK YOU TO PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AS WELL SO THAT I CAN HAVE HAVE THE COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE TO DO WELL ON MY UPCOMING EXAM. I AM A SELF-DETERMINED INDIVIDUAL BUT MANY TIMES I FEEL CHALLENGED WHERE I BECOME INSECURE OF MYSELF, BUT I DO KNOW ONE THING, THAT GOD WILL NEVER THINK OF ME OR ANY OF HIS CHILDREN IN THAT MANNER. SO PLEASE GOD BE MY GUIDANCE AND LEAD ME BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU I CAN’T SEE, I CAN’T FEEL AND I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

  5. Lord,
    May you guide me in my examination tomorrow,
    Help me so that i can pass it well,
    May your will be done.
    In Jesus name I pray,
    Amen

  6. Lord, please help me on my coming nclex-pn exam on dec.10,2008. I believe that nothing is impossible with you Lord. Stay on my side and help me pick the correct answer , Lord. Grant me wisdom and give me strength to take the test. In Jesus name I pray.

  7. Lord, please help me on my coming nclex-pn exam on dec.10,2008. I believe that nothing is impossible with you Lord. Stay on my side and help me pick the correct answer , Lord. Grant me wisdom and give me strength to pass my test. In Jesus name I pray

  8. Lord,
    Next week will be our preliminary examination…please help and guide me through evry answers and I pray that i will not be misguided to come near to temptation and may i have the best grade I want to have…

    Amen

  9. Dear Lord,
    Thank you for you have taken me far on my education. I will be going for my nclex rn exam on Dec 9, 2008 and I pray that you be with me throughout the exam. Grant me your favor and give me wisdom to to pass this exam and I will Glorify you forever

  10. Dear Lord,

    I am asking for your guidance for my upcoming FSBPT exam tomorrow. Please send you Holy Spirit to guide me so that I will be able to rationalize every choices given in order to come up with the best and correct answer for each questions. Guide me as I start the exam, guide its progress and bring it to completion. Bestow upon me your gift of wisdom, knowledge, and strength to pass this exam.

    Grant this through Christ our Lord, the source of Wisdom and Light. Amen.

  11. I must take a mid term tomorrow, Dec 18th. I am scared, nervous yet frustrated because I keep seeming to fall short on past tests–after hours of study–my grades still are only just getting me by. please pray for me to get by tomorrow. I am sick of being the deer in headlights as soon as an unknown question arises. I need your strengh. Thank you.
    Elisa

  12. Dear God, i studied my best for this test im about to take in the morning
    and i ask for your help now because I did all I could do. Since now, it’s all up to you and i will be glad to take this test because I know you would help me to get through this test. Let me be confident and comfortable while im writing test that you are the one who’s taking test with me. God thank you for you love. in Jesus name I prayed, Amen.

  13. Please pray for me as I am taking my nclex pn exam on Friday and i need and want to pass this exam so i can further my career and pay for my house and bills that are piling up in jesus name amen

  14. Lord, i am not preparing my self for the coming exam LET on sunday, April 5 2009.. lord i humbly ask u to help me..make me relax sustain me all the need for the exam. help to pass the exam lord. This is I ask u lord in the name of jesus ur son and mama mary and all the angels and saits amen.

  15. dear God, thank you for loving me so much.help me, i can only handle so much pain.release me from self.help me to find the signs to pass this test. my life is truly in your hands, you are the judge.please help me to go from here without fear.i believe life isn`t a win or lose thing,(we are not failing as long as we are trying)smile 0n me.keep me from harm.love , me.

  16. please lord … please help me make it through my last exam i know i havent been the perfect person and i have done some dumb things but i really need your help on this one.. i know this a not a serious issue like other things but it is serious to me and this test is my future career so please help me

    amen

  17. please help me pass the upcoming nursing board exam this june 2009..please pray for me and for all who will take the nursing board exam this year..
    LORD HEAR MY PRAYER..
    SAINT JOSEPEH OF CUPERTINO PRAY FOR ME/US
    SAINT THERESE PRAY FOR ME/US
    SAINT JUDE PRAY FOR ME/US
    SAINT JHUDIEL PRAY FOR ME/US
    SAINT CLAIRE PRAY FOR ME/US
    AMEN..

  18. Dear Lord,
    I ask for you guidance, please help me in my present need as im about to prepare for my upcoming PT Board Exam this coming July 25 and 26, 2009. I ask for you guidance and help to please help me to pass my PT exam successfully, may you grant me the wisdom that i need. Lord i ask for you help. Please hear my prayer. Amen

  19. Dear Lord,
    Have Mercy father………..I m praying from the bottom of my heart to give a guidance and help to my Bro who’s goin to ve his MBA final exams starting from tommorow 30th of May till June 5th, I pray that u help & guidance him to help him pass his MBA Exam which he needed it………ur support ur love & ur care for him is most precious in his life……..may you grant him the wisdom that he need………Lord I ask u for you to help my Bro…..Please hear my prayer…..Amen.

  20. DEAR LORD,

    I HUMBLY PRAY FOR ALL OF THE BLESSINGS TO BE RECEIVED TODAY. THAT YOU WILL WALK WITH ME ON THIS DAY JUNE 13, 2009 AS I TAKE MY NYSTCE BUSINESS AND MARKETING CST. I PRAY THAT YOU WILL HELP ME TO REMAIN FOCUSED. GRANT ME THE WISDOM LORD ON THIS DAY THAT I MAY PASS WITH A SCORE ABOVE 220 FATHER.

    I ASK YOU TO HELP ME FATHER. PLEASE HEAR MY PRAYER FOR THY HAS THE POWER AND THE GLORY.

    AMEN

  21. Dear Lord,

    Thank you for all the wonderful blessings you have bestowed. Thank you for answering my prayers and Lord God I am also sorry for all my sins. When I am goofing off Lord God grant me once more the makings that will make me what I am yesterday, toady and tomorrow. Grant thee through my efforts that I may received the consolations of heaven. Forgive me in my trespasses as I begin and re-begin to forgive those who may have trespassed against me. With you Lord I know I can go and fly the distance. I won’t give up Lord God. Make me an instrument of your peace, love and blessings. So that through it all I may be happily with you there in heaven until the end of time. Protect me and my family. Thank you Lord God. We love you! And may we implore in our lives our prayers.

    Lord God help me pass with flying colors once more the the upcoming exams that I am to take.

    Amen

  22. Dear God,
    Please be with me in these final days of preparation for my Praxis I test that will decide if I have a job or not. I have worked so hard and love my job and the students I teach and coach. I am nervous and scared, but i know with your help and guidance all things will turn out right. I ask you to give me wisdom, understanding and knowledge on June 23, 2009. I feel really frustrated at times because the past 2 years I have fell short of the score I need. Please Lord sit with me when I take my Reading Praxis I exam. I trust in you and know you will guide me to do well. I trust that you will help me to fulfill my purpose you have for me in this life. Please give me the confidence I need to pass this test and take the next step in my career. Help me focus when my mind starts to wonder. Help me to have faith in myself and become a more diligent person. Help me in my weak areas and pull me through. Thanks for everything :) In Jesus name I pray,
    Amen

  23. oh god tomorrow i am taking my nclex rn exam..jesus,its the very important test imn my life..oh god please help me to pass this exam..god i have trust in you ..god sit with me troughout my exam..god guide me to think the right way and to pick up the correct answer,god i need your help without you i can’t do anything in my life…thank u jesus .. .

  24. We serve a faithful God, He will in deed provide. I am a witness. I am getting ready for my NP exam and asking for your prayers. He has seen me throught RN boards and throught out NP studies. I trust in Him and He will complete the work he started in me

  25. I only have four days left to my Np exam. Dear God I surrender my time and last minute studies. Please give me wisdom to review what I need to know to pass my exam. I you and only you I trust. Amen

  26. Dear Lord Jesus,
    I don’t know how to start and I don’t know what exactly to ask for because I humbly admit that I lack preparation for the upcoming CPA board exam. Since I am a person who doesn’t have confidence of myself, I wanted to take it in October for me to be more prepared. But same thing Jesus, I will still be that person who thinks negatively. Amidst the success that I have of being included in the honors of the batch in our graduation, am still not that confident of my capacity.
    Lord, I’m planning to take the May board exam in obedience to my parents. I also prepared for the May board exam last semester but I backed out in the middle of the review because I listened to my fears. Now Lord, give me the courage to endure the productive study methods I can use to help me maximize my learning since it is only 1 month to go for the board exam proper. I decided on this 3 weeks after my graduation. I know I’m already behind with the rest of my classmates who have already made up their minds to take on May. But right after consulting Your will through meditations, spiritual direction and charismatic activities, Imade up my mind to take it on MAy for this will test not only my intellectual aspect, but even my attitude on trusting myself and trusting Our Lord.
    I’m still not certain if the department will allow me to take the exam since I registered late but I hope and pray that their decision will be the best for me. If it will be approved, then I will really be for May and if not, then you are giving me more time to prepare and improve myself. Lord, I want to enter the next chapter of my life with confidence and may my life be a witness to others. Help me cultivate my prayer time as I study. Let me not give up, Jesus. Let me offer it to You. In your holy name, erase my negative thoughts and please direct me on what topics to study. Please Lord, I believe that You will direct me on what to study for I am not really prepared. Please be with me. I love you. Mama Mary, Mama Gloria (my mom who passed away when I am still 16 years old) and all the angels and saints in heaven, please help me.

  27. Dear lord,

    I pray that you sit with me on my NCLEX PN test on Wednesday May 5th 2010. With you lord everything is possible . please give me the stength wisdom and the postitve answers to accomplish this test, this test is like no other and I need your guidance to get me thru and pass, In god name, Amen

    Lori

  28. I ask you Lord to see my son in law through his Navy Special Forces training in EOD. That he and my daughter have a wonderful life together that is blessed with children. That his parents may except the marriage and see the love between the two of them that we see.
    In Jesus Name,
    AMEN

  29. lord,
    papa jesus help me everything. i can’t do with you lord. papa jesus..you all i need. help me, guide me, let me the right things..most special in taking examination..let me pass the board examination..so that i can fulfill mt dreams in life. Amen

  30. Dear lord,
    papa jesus help me everything. i can’t do without you lord. papa jesus..you all i need. help me, guide me, let me the right things..most special in taking examination..let me pass the board examination..so that i can fulfill my dreams in life. Amen

    again help me to pass my board examination..make me a Customs Broker..
    thank you so much. i love you

  31. DEAR GOD, MY BEST FRIEND TAKES HER NCLEX TOMMORROW. SHE HAS WORKED VERY HARD AND KNOWS HER STUFF. ALONG WITH YOUR HELP AND GUIDENCE FROM THE BLESSED MARY FOR STRENGTH SHE WILL PASS. I ASK THIS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY PRAYER. AND THANK YOU FOR BEING IN MY LIFE.

    Dear God,
    My son will be reqriting his final ACCA exam tomorrow. He has worked very hard and I knows he really would like to move to the next level in his career. Along with your help and guidance from the blessed Mary for all the strength that he will pass this exam. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you lord for answering this prayer and thank you for mbeing in our life.

  32. Dear God,
    My son will be reqriting his final ACCA exam tomorrow. He has worked very hard and I knows he really would like to move to the next level in his career. Along with your help and guidance from the blessed Mary for all the strength that he will pass this exam. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you lord for answering this prayer and thank you for mbeing in our life.

  33. Dear God,

    Thank you! For making me achieve my first goal. And now I feel your loving presence, my path to the second is opening up. I now that the road is harsh, cruel and volatile, but I won’t give up. Fight! Kayang-kaya ito! LABAN! In You Lord God I commend my spirit, my life and my dreams. I may be able to complete the list in my wallet, get that gold and speak on the podium as I reach the star. Lord God Jesus Christ, help me in my needs. Make me an instrument of your love.

    Strengthen me, lead me away from sins and despair. Make me strong, allow me to exercise while I study.

    Grant me a powerful body, an enlightened mind and a prudent critical judgment in all cases. Make me Lord God a Prosecutor of Your Law, of Your Faith and of Your Love and that in the end I will and always say Lord God Heavenly King, God of Power and Might, Heaven and Earth is Full of Your Glory Hosanna in the Highest!

    We pray through the intercession of
    St. Jude Thaddeus
    St. Simon of Cyrene
    St. Joseph
    St. Anne
    St. Pio
    St. Therese
    St. Gabriel the Archangel
    St. Anthony Mary Claret
    St. Dominic de Guzman
    St. Thomas Aquinas

    That prayer and study come together.

    St. Philomena

    Our Lady of Peńafrancia
    Our Lady of Manaoag
    Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Our Lady of La Naval
    Our Lady of Fatima

    Mama Mary

    Guide us. Lead us to the right way!

    Jesus Christ

    Amen.

  34. this is me asking for your gracious help that I can pass the midwifery licensure exam.. Lord, pls help me me,guide me. and always there for me.. you are my protector in my test of life now.. I am seeking for your help that I may pass.. to All the Saints.Mama Mary.Our God Father thank you for everything..

  35. I am hoping that this nov.12,13 I can answer All the subjects correctly.. to the persons who can read my intetions.. I am seeking for your help.. Pray for me and this can help me a lot to pass the midwifery exam..though its hard but Im still pursuing myself to study more hard.. I love you guys!! and most of all I love you Papa Jesus..

  36. Dear Lord and Mama Mary
    Please Im asking yo to pray for me and my husband because we are going to take the NCLEX RN exam on january 13, 2011 and december 16, 2010 respectively. Please enlightened our minds that we may be able to understand the questions easily and remember everything what we have studied.Thank you very much for all the things that you have given to us.I am sorry for my sins and help me to remember that nothing will happen today and everyday that you and I can’t handle. Immaculate heart of Mary We placed our trust in you. Sacred Heart of Jesus We trust in you.

  37. Dear Lord,↲Please guide me all throughout my Nursing Licensure Exam on December 19 and 20, 2010. Guide me on my choices, give me strength, wisdom and clear my mind of unnecessary thoughts. I need you to achieve my dreams for my family and my son. Thank you. Amen.

  38. Lord God,

    For days and days that have passed, thank you making me stay under you love that I may be able to conquer my fears and live my dreams anew. Lord God for months I have lingered on the sea of loftiness. Sometimes I might not be the man I used to be, but as moments and moments pass me by, I only realize that I will be needing these days to strengthen up for tomorrow. I have always prayed fight! Kayang-kaya ito! LABAN! To you Oh Lord Jesus Christ I still profess my faith. Continue to guide me in my journey to choose what is right and stray from bad thoughts.

    The chains of the luscious universe, I might never escape, but though in may not be in full peril shall I still uphold the virtues you bestowed. I lost some time to become immortal but the gate to such a mission never closed just yet. Lord please help me become more fired up than used to be. I still pray that I may exceed the medals of the past and pursue and succeed the medals of today and tomorrow.

    Bless me Oh Lord to be a good learner and mentor from and to my friends, brothers, sister, parents, relatives and aspirations. A long the way Oh God I traversed the pains of hell and turned away from fiery path of unhealed scar. Yet Lord Jesus my heart is tainted with regret of what might have been. I may never have the chance to turn back time but I am praying Lord God that you continue to bless and protect my Loved Ones that we continue to live in accordance to your will.

    Please make me an instrument of will, love and peace. Imbue in my faith, love and hope that I may have the power to change a dying world succumbing to the immortality of immorality. Guide me that I may be strong, smart, ready-at-all-times-of-my-life, empowered, confident and successful in my mission with you Lord Jesus Christ. I pray and continue to pray that you are always at our side. Thank you for all the blessings. Sorry for all the trespasses that I flowed through me and please continue to forgive in me my sins as I forgive those who sinned against me. Some wounds may heal, but others may not, nonetheless I will still continue to proclaim the good news of the Lord! I love you Jesus Christ!

    As I continue to achieve my second goal empower me Lord to be wise and correct in my answers, reasons and postulates. Guide me in my dreams, that I may interpret and apply them in accordance to Your will and that in all things God will be glorified!

    Blessed be to God now and forever! Lord God tuloy ang laban! Nawa’y magtagumpay ako abutin ang aking pangarap na buo ang loob, lumipad sa akin prinsipyo at tumayo, maglakad at tumakbo sa aking sariling mga paa. Maraming salamat Lord God! Fight tuloy ang laban! God bless always!

    In You Lord God I commend my spirit, my life and my dreams, the girl I have been looking for and the occupation that I may begin to change myself and the world for the better. I may be able to initiate and complete the list in my wallet, get that gold and speak on the podium as I reach the star. Lord God Jesus Christ, help me in my needs. Make me an instrument of your love.

    Amen

    We pray through the intercession of
    Mama Mary
    Our Lady of Peńafrancia
    Our Lady of Manaoag
    Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Our Lady of La Naval
    Our Lady of Fatima
    St. Jude Thaddeus
    St. Simon of Cyrene
    St. Joseph
    St. Anne
    St. Pio
    St. Therese
    St. Gabriel the Archangel
    St. Anthony Mary Claret
    St. Dominic de Guzman
    St. Thomas Aquinas that prayer and study come together.
    St. Philomena
    St. Thomas More
    St. Ignatius of Loyola

    Pray for us
    Amen!

  39. Dear God,
    I thank You for all the blessings You have given me and to my family. I’m asking for Your blessings to my upcoming Physician licensure exam this February 2012. I am asking for Your guidance, i know & i believe that You will not fail me on this.
    Sacred Heart of Jesus I have asked for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one. Take it, place it in Your Sacred Heart. When the Eternal Father sees it covered with Your precious blood, He will not refuse it. It will be no longer my prayers, but Yours, O Jesus. I place my trust in You. Let me never be confounded. Amen.

  40. Dear God,

    For all the blessings that I have blindly appreciated, thank you and I am sorry God. Thank you Lord for letting me feel your grace each and every second, despite my sins, you are always there to stand and defend by me Lord. Lord I continue to pray that in my new path to take up law, I may find the courage to accept the truth. Pass or fail or highly triumphant. I know that I have under-performed. My mind was perplexed with my failed will to try control my own destiny. Right now I may never have seen the reasons that my mother has prepared before me, but with your grace, God, I follow with faith even if I don’t truly comprehend the reasons and causes of this path I take. I now have an extraordinary duty to live day by day. I know that in the future this too will be worth the hardships.

    I know that I have yet to finish the fight with my succubus. The turmoil is so strong that I succumbed from time to time and arise from the lowly pedigrees of sins. I am happy and simultaneously crushed by the demands of the daily life of this path that I have brought before me. Through it all I know that I still continue to walk the path you have designed for Lord. May I continue to live by your faith God. Even I did not know fully this life I live in but to your power God, I entrust my soul and my faith.

    Lord God, I especially pray that I may pass all my subjects at least this semester. In my condition I have given my best. I pray that my best is good enough. Thank you Lord. The Lord gives and the Lord takes. Blessed be God forever Amen!

    I pray through the intercession of
    Mama Mary
    Our Lady of Peńafrancia
    Our Lady of Manaoag
    Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Our Lady of La Naval
    Our Lady of Fatima
    St. Jude Thaddeus
    St. Simon of Cyrene
    St. Joseph
    St. Anne
    St. Pio
    St. Therese
    St. Gabriel the Archangel
    St. Anthony Mary Claret
    St. Dominic de Guzman
    St. Thomas Aquinas that prayer and study come together.
    St. Philomena
    St. Thomas More
    St. Ignatius of Loyola

    Amen!

  41. ppls god heavenly father help me, us to pass the board exam this coming june 30 and july 1, 2012

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