I am fond of the rudimentary but helpful site examen.me. It has various subjects and readying tracks that you can follow, such as 14 Days on
- the Sayings of Jesus
- the Sayings of Paul
- God and Nature
- Social Justice, etc.
But basically, it gives you a passage to prayerfully read, and then you answer these five questions and record your answers:
- Your prayer as you approach the scripture…
- Read through the scripture slowly. Feel free to listen to it, read it multiple times, and then write it in your own words as you listen for the voice of God speak to your heart.
- Now that you have read the passage, how is the Lord revealing himself to you? Quietly reflect on the words and phrases the Holy Spirit is emphasizing in your heart.
- Capture all you have meditated on and bring it as a prayer before God. Let your heart cry out with praise, confession, gratitude, sorrow, or comfort.
- Examen how you can align your actions, attitudes, and choices with the truth of today’s scripture.
I love the questions, and I like the size and content of the passages they choose. It’s a very nice way to find good passages for meditation and prayer, and the questions employ the right balance of thought and self-examination.
First, there is no social component. I would love to share both my reflections and the passages I have studied. Second, there are no badges of achievements to motivate me to continue past plateaus, and again, to share. Third, there is no integration with other disciplines or study tools like the Faithlife Study Bible – they should form an alliance before one of the online Bibles adds this component.