Prayer of Examen using fruit of the Spirit
Prayer of Examen is an ancient prayer exercise in which you ask God to explore your life, attitude and action, and do the proper adjustments. I personally prefer to do a daily prayer of examine, allowing God through His Spirit reveal patterns to me in my interaction with Him and others. This specific exercise uses the fruit of the spirit as a guideline to weigh our attitudes and actions against. Its nice to do about once a week as a gauge on evidence of fruitfulness in your life.
To begin, Relax, be still, let the tensions of the day slip away, recall that you are in the presence of God as you invite the Holy Spirit to guide as you review the events of the day. You may even want to light a candle as a reminder that Jesus is the light we seek.
Start by praying Psalms 139:23-24
“Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life.”
Read Galatians 5:22-23 answering the below questions concerning each characteristic of the fruit God’s Spirit produces in our lives. For the failures you see, ask forgiveness and repent without defensiveness. For the successes you see, thank God for the strength to do what is right.
…when the Spirit controls our life, He will produce this kind of fruit in us…
This week have you lived with an awareness of others hurts, needs, dreams or have you lived with a developed callousness to anything but your own hurts, needs, dreams.
This week have you lived with an awareness of God’s constant and continual blessing in your life, right down to each breath you take being a gift from God, or have you lived with an over awareness of things you don’t possess or circumstances that would be better. (also called envy)
This week have you lived with an inner quietness, peace, and assurance that God is in control and has you in mind as He runs the universe, or have you lived with anxiety, fear, and a sense that it is you against the world.
This week have you lived with a patience for others faults, failings, let downs, or have you lived life with an attitude of entitlement and superiority.
This week have you let love, joy, peace, and patience outwardly express itself to those you encounter, from stranger to family, with an attitude of kindness and goodness, or have you let the absence of love, joy, peace, and patience express itself in rudeness, feelings of entitlement, seeking your own agenda at the expense of others well being, inconsiderate of others, or feelings of fear of being taken advantage of.
This week have you lived with a steady assurance that you can rely upon God, and expressed that assurance by being reliable to your family, friends, and strangers, or have you been more like a ship in a storm at the mercy of the wind and waves, and expressed doubt by being wavering and unreliable.
This week have you lived with an attitude of humility and gentleness and mildness or have you lived with a feeling of being right, superior, or better than those you meet. Have you acted in angry, oppressive, manipulating, or violent ways.
Have you lived with gratitude for the blessings you have, moderating and controlling the good experiences, in full control of life, or have you over indulged in things letting them take control of your life; food, drink, money, work, shopping, entertainment, hobbies, vices.