Disciple’s Heart Evening Primer

The Disciple’s Heart Primer is a tool developed by the Big Pine Key Vineyard Community Church to aid you in developing a disciple’s heart. Each morning and evening you can come and fill out the appropriate Disciple’s Heart Primer. In the morning you can get connected to God and prepare for your day as a disciple. In the evening, the primer will help you review how the day went as a disciple. Anything you record in the text boxes will then be sent privately to your email account for further reflection and review.

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Git R Done? - At the end of the day reflect on how you did as a disciple for the day. Think about your victories, failures, spiritual insights, Bible reading, opportunities to pray for people, Kingdom breakthroughs, etc. and then after you reflect on the following verses from Hebrews 12:1-3 you can use the text box below to enter your thoughts, ideas, concerns, etc....:

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

You may also find that spending a few minutes with the Examen of Consciousness proves very helpful. The Examen of Consciousness was taught by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). He believed it helped people align with God’s will and look for God in all things, including nature, scripture, and one’s own heart. He encouraged people to practice the Examen at the end of every day. It is a spiritual discipline that helps us to live by doing the next right thing by taking time at the end of every day to examine how the day went.

1. Become aware of God’s presence.

Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV)
2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

There in the presence of God, in the Most Holy Place, start to look back on the events of the day.

2. Review the day with gratitude.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Take a few moments to give thanks for all of the ways that God has moved in your life throughout the day. Recall the smell of your morning coffee, the laugh of a child, the playfulness of your pets, the conversation you had with your family. Remember that every single event has been a gift from God.

3. Ask for God’s help

John 16:13 (NIV)
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Ask God to help you look clearly at the events of your day. Ask God to help you look at yourself fearlessly and honestly. This is not a “beat up on yourself” session. It is a grace filled look at how you did as a disciple that day.

4. Run the tape of your day

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?

Watch your day like a movie replaying in your mind. Look for the opportunities you embraced where the Kingdom of God broke through into the day impacting you and others. Consider where you missed opportunities to experience the full and abundant life of a disciple because of discouragement, distraction, selfishness, busyness.

5. Talk with God

Have a heart-to-heart talk with God. Share what you have discovered about yourself, others, and God. Resolve with Jesus to move forward in action where appropriate.

Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The Serenity Prayer is a helpful way to conclude the Examen.

God, grant me the serenity
 to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Use the text box below to journal any thoughts or ideas you have had during the Examen.

If the Disciple’s Heart Primer was included in Evening Prayer, it should be concluded with a Prayer of St. Chrysostom, the Doxology, and the Grace.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom is said by all those gathered along with the pastor or leader

Almighty God, You have given us grace in our time of need to bring before You our common requests; and promise that when two or three are gathered together in Your name You will grant their requests; fulfill now, Lord, the desires and petitions of Your servants in ways that are most suitable for them; granting us in this world knowledge of Your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. AMEN.

The Doxology may be sung by all those gathered along with the pastor or leader

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. AMEN.

The Grace is said by the pastor or leader

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. AMEN. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

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