The Daily Examin is a time at the conclusion of our day when we invite the Spirit of God to reflect with us on the previous 12-16 hours to see where we obeyed him, rejected him, bent our will to his or stubbornly continued in our own fallen and destructive tendencies. Have we thrived in love or have we collapsed in our own selves feeding our lust and pride and desires? Jesus calls us to commune with him, allowing him to cleanse us of unrighteousness and continue to make us born again.
Preparing Your Heart
Go someplace alone. This is time to speak quietly and sincerely with the Holy Spirit. Other people will make this difficult if you are available to them.
Slow down and pause before you start. The brain takes a moment to wind down and focus. You could listen to a song or two if you're fidgety or anxious. Don't pray immediately. Use the "selah" moment to slow and purposefully begin to contemplate.
There is no minimum or maximum in this prayer. This doesn't need to be 5 minutes or 5 hours. Whenever you have dealt with God and are confident you have communed with Him, you will know your time is complete.
Do not prepare a long prayer or list. This is a time to ask the Spirit and allow him to draw the mind to times and events in your day. Be the hearer more than the speaker.
Invite the Lord to speak to you. Ask his Spirit to convict you and remind you. He will bring all things to remembrance.
Remember that the voice of the Lord is loving and desires to purify you rather than condemn you. Listen to the voice you hear as you contemplate. If it's angry and oppressive, it is not the voice of the Lord. If it encourages you and you experience joy in having the sin purged, that is the voice of the Lord.
Begin to ponder questions below. As the Lord speaks follow whatever time and path he takes you on.
Confess what you see and be forgiven. Be willing to be open and honest. Follow the events of the day back to those places where you find the source of your straying. God desires to make you new if you are humble.
Based on The Beatitudes
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Do I live a spirit of detachment and generosity?
Do I sacrifice for others?
2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Do I console and help those who mourn and suffer?
Do I show compassion?
3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Am I authentically humble and self-giving?
Have I been egotistical or boastful?
4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness, for they will be satisfied.
Am I passionate for the things of God?
Do I work for the triumph of love, peace and justice?
5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Am I forgiving and merciful?
Do I give others the benefit of the doubt?
Am I harsh or judgmental?
6. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.
Am I single-minded in the practice of my faith?
Have I allowed a particular sin or vice to distract me from God?
7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Am I a person of reconciliation, peace and mercy?
Do I hold grudges or seek revenge?
8. Blessed are they who are persecuted, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Do I suffer well?
Am I willing to sacrifice anything for my faith?
Do I allow human respect to keep me from being a Christian witness?