Prayer for finals

God of Wisdom,
I thank you for the knowledge gained
and the learning experiences of the semester.
I come to you and ask you to illuminate my mind and heart.

Let your Holy Spirit be with me as I prepare for exams,
guiding my studies and giving me insight
so that I can perform to the best of my ability.

Grant me the strength to handle the pressure of these days,
the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge,
and the ability to keep a proper perspective through it all.

Help me to keep in mind what is truly important,
even as I focus my time and energy on these exams.

Finally, may I sense your peace
in knowing that I applied myself to the challenges of this day.

I ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of students, pray for us.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, patron of test takers, pray for us.

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prayer for finals

Remember – as long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools!

Here are some prayers for students who have finals coming up.  St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron of students, so it is a common practice to ask for his intercession and use prayers that he wrote.

PRAYER OF ST. THOMAS

Ineffable Creator, Who out of the treasures of Thy wisdom has appointed three hierarchies of Angels and set them in admirable order high above the heavens and hast disposed the divers portions of the universe in such marvellous array, Thou Who art called the True Source of Light and supereminent Principle of Wisdom, be pleased to cast a beam of Thy radiance upon the darkness of my mind and dispel from me the double darkness of sin and ignorance in which I have been born.

Thou Who makest eloquent the tongues of little children, fashion my words and pour upon my lips the grace of Thy benediction. Grant me penetration to understand, capacity to retain, method and facility in study, subtlety in interpretation and abundant grace of expression.

Order the beginning, direct the progress and perfect the achievement of my work, Thou Who art true God and true Man and livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

**Another from St. Thomas Aquinas – patron of students. We used this one in Grad. school frequently.

Grant, O merciful God, that I may

ardently desire,

prudently examine,

truthfully acknowledge,

and perfectly accomplish

what is pleasing to You,

for the praise and glory of Your Name. Amen.

**A good prayer to use before studying.

A Prayer before studying for exams.“God of Wisdom, I thank you for the knowledge gained and the learning experiences of the semester. I come to you this day and ask you to illuminate my mind and heart. Let your Spirit be with me as I prepare for exams, guiding my studies, and giving me insight so that I can perform to the best of my ability. Please grant me the strength to handle the pressure during these final days of the semester, the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge, and the ability to keep an appropriate perspective through it all. Help me to keep in mind what is truly important, even as I focus my time and energy on these tests in the immediate future. Finally, may I sense your peace in knowing that I applied myself to the challenges of this day.”

-Amen-

**Two Prayers to St. Joseph of Cupertino – another patron of students:

1 – O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked, through Christ our Lord. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.

2 – O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination) examination.

In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.
Amen.

**Finally, here are two prayers from Catholic.org:

Under thy patronage, dear Mother, and calling on the mystery of thine Immaculate Conception, I desire to pursue my studies and my literary labors: I hereby solemnly declare that I am giving myself to these studies chiefly to the following end: that I may the better contribute to the glory of God and to the promotion of thy veneration among men. I pray thee, therefore, most loving Mother, who art the Seat of Wisdom, to bless my labors in thy loving-kindness. Moreover I promise with true affection and a willing spirit, as it is right that I should do, to ascribe all the good that shall come to me therefrom, wholly to thine intercession for me in God’s holy presence. Amen.

Incomprehensible Creator, the true Fountain of light and only Author of all knowledge: deign, we beseech Thee, to enlighten our understanding, and to remove from us all darkness of sin and ignorance. Thou, who makest eloquent the tongues of those who lack utterance, direct our tongues, and pour on our lips the grace of thy blessing. Give us a diligent and obedient spirit, quickness of apprehension, capacity of retaining, and the powerful assistance of Thy holy grace; that what we hear or learn we may apply to Thy honor and the eternal salvation of our own souls. Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for students.

prayer for finals

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Feeling overwhelmed with finals? Don’t forget to take time to pray. Keeping your focus on God is one of the best ways to deal with stress.

Here’s a prayer just for you. Bookmark it, screen-shot it, print it off… whatever will help you remember to pray it and make that important connection with God that will transform this time of anxiety into a time of peaceful perseverance.

Lord,

I come to you in hope that you will be with me through the next weeks as I trudge my way through finals. Specifically, I want to ask for three things: discipline, so that I can stay focused and not procrastinate on social media or other things; patience, so that I acknowledge that studying takes time and I should not freak out as my brain feels like exploding; and finally for knowledge so that I know what to study. Please guide me through these last weeks of the semester and bring me through these finals filled with your joy and peace.

Thank you, Lord, and I love You. Amen.

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Getting ready for the final exam can be a stressful time. Making the grades you need to accelerate your academic goals is important to achieve the best results. Here is a look at more than a dozen prayers for final exams that will help to encourage your success and bring peace of mind during your test.

Prayer #1

God of Wisdom,
I thank you for the knowledge gained
and the learning experiences of the semester.
I come to you and ask you to illuminate my mind and heart.

Let your Holy Spirit be with me as I prepare for exams,
guiding my studies and giving me insight
so that I can perform to the best of my ability.

Grant me the strength to handle the pressure of these days,
the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge,
and the ability to keep a proper perspective through it all.

Help me to keep in mind what is truly important,
even as I focus my time and energy on these exams.

Finally, may I sense your peace
in knowing that I applied myself to the challenges of this day.

I ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

Prayer #2

Dear God, I have got an exam and I am a bit frightened about exams because You cant talk to anyone.

I know that I can talk to You – but I am not supposed to say anything out loud. Please will You be with me in my heart and listen very carefully when I am talking to You in the exam, because I have to talk in my heart and not out loud.

Thank You for living in my heart,

Amen

Prayer #3

Loving heavenly Father, it astonishes me that I am once again preparing to take an important exam, after having finished my normal ‘education’ so long ago. At times I feel that my mind is slowing down and the thought of sitting an exam is quite a daunting task.. but Father – You led me in this direction and You have promised to be with us in all things, and at every season of our lives. Be with me Lord as I prepare for this exam and also as I go on to take it –

I thank and praise You that You have given me this wonderful opportunity to forward my career with this course of studies, and I pray that You will be glorified as I move forward in my life and apply all that I have been learning.

Thank You Father for being with me up until now -and I know that You have promised never to leave me and to be my strength and stay in all things – for which I praise Your holy name,

Amen

Prayer #4

Dear God, I am shortly to face my final exams at the end of this course of study and I pray that You would be with me every step of the way, as I prepare for this daunting landmark in my life.

Continue to be with me in all my studies and coursework and enable me to retain and apply all that I have learned so that I may be well equipped – not only to face these exams, knowing that I have worked hard, but also to be prepared for the future – in whatever direction You should lead me

Dear God I thank You that You have supported me through this whole course of study – for I know that without You I could never have reached this final hurdle. Be with me I pray every step of the way and I offer my life to You to do with as You will.. in Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer #5

Lord Jesus, I pray that you would be with me, in the power of Your holy Spirit to enable me to make the final preparations for my ‘Finals’. Lord You have been my helper and my strength throughout this demanding programme of studies, and I pray that You will be close to me as I face the challenges that lie ahead of me – as I approach the end of my time here…

Grant me the strength to face the inevitable pressures that will arise as I prepare for my final exams and guide my studies as I prepare for this important period of my life.

Keep my mind focussed on what is important and help me not to become distracted by peripheral activities or people but rather help me to stay my mind on these exams and manage my time in a wise manner.

Lord my life and my future is in Your hands and I pray that I may do well in these exams and will not fear, knowing that You have promised to ‘hold my right hand – and may all I do in these exams be honouring to You – in Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer #6

Loving Father, as I get myself ready for my forthcoming exam I ask that You give me the wisdom and strength to really get my heart and my mind properly prepared. Keep my mind from nervous distractions and give me Your perfect peace in my heart – as I make my make myself ready for these important exams, I pray.

Thank You Lord for giving me this opportunity to study and that You have been with me throughout the past months, so that I will be equipped with the right knowledge and qualification for my future work.

Thank You that You have been with me throughout this course – for my hope and strength is in You – and Lord as I now come to the end of this particular period in my life I pray that You uphold me with Your righteous right hand and guide me as I move forward in my life, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer #7

Loving heavenly Father, as I sit here, waiting to take this exam, I ask that You would be with me throughout the entire time. Fill my heart Lord with Your peaceful serenity and I pray that my mind may think clearly throughout the exam and that I may answer the questions well.

Lord that I may sense Your peace in my heart as I apply myself to the challenges of today and enable me to focus my attention appropriately on each question, throughout the entire examination, and bring to my mind all that I have learned over the last months, I pray.

Thank You Lord that You are always there, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer #8

Dear God, I ask that You would be with me as I prepare for my exams and thank You Lord, for the wonderful educational opportunity that You have granted me – enabling me to undertake this course of study.

As I now prepare for my exams I pray that You would be close to me and calm my nerves and remove any anxious thoughts from my heart, so that I may approach this exam with a clear mind and a tranquil spirit.

Help me to do my best I pray, to answer the questions clearly and to express my thoughts lucidly. Calm my nerves I pray, and bring to my mind all that I have studied – so that I may be able to answer all the questions to the very best of my ability.

Thank You that You have promised to be with me in all things I ask that You stay very close in this exam, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer #9

Dear God, I ask that You would be with me as I prepare for my exams and thank You Lord, for the wonderful educational opportunity that You have granted me – enabling me to undertake this course of study.

As I now prepare for my exams I pray that You would be close to me and calm my nerves and remove any anxious thoughts from my heart, so that I may approach this exam with a clear mind and a tranquil spirit.

Help me to do my best I pray, to answer the questions clearly and to express my thoughts lucidly. Calm my nerves I pray, and bring to my mind all that I have studied – so that I may be able to answer all the questions to the very best of my ability.

Thank You that You have promised to be with me in all things I ask that You stay very close in this exam, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer #10

Father,

Be with me as I take this exam.
Keep my mind alert and my memory sharp.
Calm my nerves and help me concentrate.
I know that you walk with me,
Guiding my path and inspiring my heart.
I pray that I would feel you with me,
And that your friendship would soften the pressure I feel.
I pray that I would pass this exam and go on to new things with you.
Thank you for your peace and your love in my life.
Thank you for your kindness and care for me.

Amen.

Prayer #11

Heavenly Father,

Only your peace can sustain me through the anxiety and stresses of exam nerves. Your peace surpasses all understanding. I ask for this gift and choose to lean upon you at this time.
Lord, come and remind me of your unfailing love.
Remind me that you hold me safe, you understand me, and you cherish me.
I lay down my fears before you.
I leave them at the foot of the cross, for you have overcome the world.
I choose to give you all my concerns, worries and fears of failure.
I trust that your loving hand will hold me through these exams and lead into a bright future.

Amen.

Prayer #12

Lord, thank you that you are with me right now
Your love surpasses all fear
I give you the anxiety I feel
I surrender all my worries to you
Clear my mind
Calm my heart
Still my Spirit
Relax my being
That I may always glorify you
In everything I write, speak and do

Prayer #13

Lord, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.

Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying ,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honour you and do justice to myself.
Amen

Prayer #14

Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value
Is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.

As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I studied
and be gracious with what I have overlooked.
Help me to remain focussed and clam, confident in the facts and in my ability,
and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today you are there with me.
Amen

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