One of my favorite prayers is from Psalm 139:
Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting."
Unless I slow down and ask, I don't always know that I'm off base, that I've strayed from following God.
And I don't always see the danger coming toward me, whether from circumstances or from sin patterns in my own life.
And I find these ideas reiterated at the close of 2 Corinthians, where Paul writes, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves."
I need to look closely.
I need to ask God for help.
I do not want to fail the test.