Don’t Pray the Jesuit Examen
There are more leaders around you teaching you twisted false teaching than you may realize. For me, I've heard a lot of it... but only now am I able to start figuring out what they actually meant. For instance, how many pastors or so-called pastors have you heard teach you to pray the lamely translated English version of the Disciples Prayer that's usually mis-named the "Lord's Prayer"? Lots, right? Well, first off they got it wrong a few ways. First, the "Lord's Prayer" would be what Jesus was praying - not His model for us to pray, and you find that prayer in John 17. Secondly, why - why - why, do we let people teach us to pray exact words that are literally a few verses after Jesus had just taught this: "7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray..." (Matthew 6:7-9)?
Jesus said "don't" repeat, but because Rome wants us to repeat their minimally translated "model prayer", they teach us all to mindlessly, and even pretend it's a "Protestant" idea... no, it's a Jesuit and Catholic one, and one that seriously needs to be rejected - forever.
With those short notes, let's look at something else - also on the topic of "prayer". The topic here is called "mindfulness". It is also called "centering" or "meditation", and where as some of that idea can be found in the Bibles we read, the definitions of what we're supposed to be doing in prayer are completely skewed. For one thing, we are supposed to be having a conversation with God - if we know Him. Secondly, we are to be asking for His help and wisdom, and asking Him to reach the lost souls of those we love, as well as remembering to thank Him for all of the ways He so graciously teaches us His pure and holy ways :) Thirdly, it's not a trance - nor a clearing of our minds to let a "familiar spirit"(demon, fallen angel) pretend to be God in our brain so that we can hear a voice. To a large extent, if you want to hear the voice of God, then read His Word and become familiar with what He says and talks about, then you can start to learn to discern between the myriad of satanic/demonic dstractions and temptings to sins, in contrast with God's leading those who learn to hear His voice - as Jesus taught in John 10, 14, 15, and more.
So. what I'm about to do is to quote the Jesuit concept that they pretend is "praying" and then analyze a little bit of it. My concern is that this has become so commonplace that you didn't realize that you aren't praying how Jesus taught - you're praying how the devil and his Jesuits want you to. So, let's take a look.
"The Examen is a spiritual practice of coming into the presence of God to reflect on a few reflection
It is a practice that helps in discerning the voice and activity of God within your daily life. It provides a way of growing awareness of God’s presence, and helps us
reflect on our God-given desires.
HOW TO PRACTICE THE EXAMEN
1. PRESENCE: Become aware of God's presence. Find a quiet moment to reflect on the past day. Open your palms and invite God to enter into the reflection with you. In the company of God, look back on the events of the day. Allow your mind and soul to be drawn to particular memories from the day. What was most life-giving? What was most life-draining? When did you have the deepest sense of connection to God, others, and yourself? When did you have the deepest sense of disconnection? Ask God to bring clarity and understanding.
2. GRATITUDE: Review the day with gratitude. Consider your day in the presence of God, and note its joys and delights. Focus on the day's gifts. Pay attention to the small joys. God is in those details. Savor them. Express your gratitude to God.
3. PAY ATTENTION: Pay attention to your emotions. We can find the presence of God in the currents of our emotions. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. Boredom? Anger? Joy? Compassion? Resentment? What is God saying to you through these things? You may have fallen short or done something you regret. Make note of those sins. But look deeply for other implications. Does a feeling of frustration perhaps mean that God is guiding you into a new direction? Does your worry possibly mean you could consider sharing your concerns with a trusted friend?
4. PRAY: Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Ask God to guide you to something from your day that is particularly important to him. It may involve a feeling - positive or negative. It may be a significant encounter with a person or a vivid moment of joy. Or it may be something that seems rather insignificant. Examine it. Dialogue with God about it. Listen for what he wants to say about it. Allow the prayer to spontaneously arise from your heart - whether intercession, praise, repentance, or gratitude.
5. GRACE: Look ahead to tomorrow. Look toward the next day, and ask God for grace for what is to come. Pay attention to the feelings you have as you think about tomorrow. Are you apprehensive? Peaceful? Excited? Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Ask God for guidance and help. Pray for hope.
- Larissa Marks | larissamarks.com | THE EXAMEN"
-- Source: http://www.larissamarks.com/uploads/1/9/6/4/19647997/the_examen.pdf
[Notes - there are many sources to find the examen explained, that's just one of them.]
Now, that would almost look right... but it's not. Notice the focus here is purely self-driven. You are not praying to see through God's eyes to become more holy and pure like Him - it's very much like praying for what you want, because as one of the main tenets of the false gospels repeat "God wants what we want", or as it says Larissa’s article: “Pay attention to the small joys. God is in those details. Savor them.” This false teaching feels comfortable and tickles anyone’s ears because we want the easy, but hate the hard parts of life. But, that’s not life here on sin-cursed and devil-fun earth. Let’s look at Jesus’ example. “14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.” (Isaiah 7:14-15) God describes Jesus also in this way:
“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3) And this is what God had the apostle Paul go through – on account of holiness, and the cost of the cross:
“23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?” (2nd Corinthians 11:23-29)
So, these lies about your “best life now” that all major teachers preach, needs to avoided, for the sake of your own soul and salvation. The cost of the cross is what Jesus taught in many places and ways – see Matthew 5 through 7, also Mark 8:34-38, and Luke 9. Life here is about finding and growing an active covenant relationship with God, through Jesus the Christ and His death on the cross, initial and active repentance, and letting God grow us in holiness through trials. Those who are chasing the easy stuff, are losing/selling their souls to get it.
The examen focuses purely on how something feels as well as being focused solely on the "good vs bad emotions". It would call the healthy fear of the Lord - evil, because they love sin and hate what is evil, and they hate the conviction and gentle warnings of the Holy Spirit. If you think about ti, you can start to realize some of the liars around you, on the topic of blurring Biblical definitions on emotions. For instance, God teaches that there is a healthy fear ("fear of the Lord" – Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Acts 9:31) and a wrong type of fear ("fear of man" Proverbs 29:25; Philippians 1:28; 2nd Timothy 1:7). So, since God’s Word distinguishes the two, why do Jesuit liars like Kirk Cameron and his friends like Zach Williams teach that all fear is bad? Because he's a liar for money. Notice also that God says in Ephesians 4:26-27 to be "angry but do not sin", and yet our lying culture preaches at us from all angles that all "anger is wrong"... but stopping short of calling it sin... and yet God Himself also answers that one too - because unbelievers have to work overtime to control themselves, and they rage on the inside to get their way and their wants, which is what God talks about in James 4:1-4. Non-Biblical definitions are very tricky... make sure to keep learning to define God's Word with God's Word, not man's ever-changing lies and the demonic psychology "definitions".
The examen wants you to "clear your mind" - like the eastern mythology of "yoga" and other eastern mysticism... which can, btw, open you up to demon oppression and/or possession. When you open yourself up that much, you are inviting demons to talk to your blank mind and pretend to be God.
The examen wants you to focus on something that you want so much that you can adjust your thinking to include it in your life - also something the Jesuits borrowed from the mysticism religions of the world. Remember - praying for God to do your will is always backwards. Demanding God give you what you want is selfish and typically idolatry, because you turn God into a lottery machine - as so many try to do: wanting God's "blessings" but not willing to submit to and follow Him, as 2nd Timothy 3 and 4 teach so well.
Note - the examen does *not* have you start with a Bible verse (or better a group of verses, or even a whole chapter), but with something "from your day". “4. PRAY: Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.” Wrong focus - starting with ourselves and then "looking within" will only find the lies of the flesh and the temptations and deceptions of demons. That's very closely akin to sorcery, which is why demonic disney teaches it in many ways, including in their "Fairy" films.
So, what are we supposed to pray for? Things that the Jesuits and those with Jesuit training will *never* teach you to do. Pray for holiness. Pray for God to raise up more people to expose the lies and liars who serve the devil. Pray for more people read and share the Words of Jesus and the gospel He preached with those around them. Pray that Christians would walk worthy of Christ and not faint, even when satan is roaring at them to give up and stop opposing evil. Pray for your loved ones to get genuinely saved - not just become more polished hypocrites. That's what Jesus would have us pray for. And the best way to learn how to do it, is to actually read His Words, and not stick with man's reductions. Amen?
~ I sincerely pray that this was helpful to you learning how to pray for those around you better. And if you'd like to discuss this topic, please join the discussion below or message me.
~ Watching, Preaching, Praying, your growing bro, SH