Every exam allows us to measure the learning we gained over time in our work and career. It doesn’t have to be entirely theoretical like what the academics teach us but the empirical and practical side is as important as ever.
But because of the pressure that we put on ourselves- the “need to pass“ that exam no matter what, the high expectations from family and friends, or the resources that we poured (money, time, and effort), we tend to demand a positive result on the final day of our exams.
This puts us in a situation where we resort to the temptation to take an unfair advantage to turn the tables and flip luck on our side.
In today’s time, honesty is almost a thing of the past. Whenever I‘m lured to employ such dirty tricks, I always recite this prayer before an exam. There is no better remedy to an attempt to cheat than a simple yet powerful prayer.
Lord, grant me clarity of mind,
strength of the body, and
serenity of spirit,
so that I may able to answer
each and every question in this exam
as best and as honestly as I can
without the aid of anyone or anything.
Let me not resort to chances or dishonesty.
Instead, let me offer whatever the result
of this exam to You,
knowing I will do my best
and I will be honest.
After all, in Your eyes Lord, that is all that really matters.
Whether we are still in maritime schools or somewhere else taking an exam to upgrade our careers, prayers serve as our steady companions and our hotline to God.
There is this deep satisfaction and peace after completing an exam with great honesty and faith. And if the result is positive, a feeling of genuine happiness radiates from within knowing that your efforts paid off and you passed the exam with sincerity.
Today, such feeling is hard to find.
May you recite this prayer before an exam and pass the test that you are facing today.
And may the winds be in your favor.