Written by Brother Lawrence, a 17th century Carmelite monk, The Practice of the Presence of God is a well known and much loved classic Christian text. Its theme is the idea of the believer being in continual conversation with God.
There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.” –Brother Lawrence
Brother Lawrence found God everywhere and disciplined himself to keep his thoughts attuned in such a way as to constantly be aware of God’s nearness.
Submitting oneself to the consciousness of God’s presence is, as Lawrence wrote, a practice, a discipline, something we have to learn because it does not come naturally. What comes naturally is thinking of ourselves, our plans, our desires, our agendas. But practicing the presence is a way of being in tune with God, not just during our quiet prayer times in the closet, but throughout our daily activities.
It sounds simple, but it’s easy to forget.
It’s like imagining that Jesus Himself is always right there beside you — as you peel potatoes, as you fold the laundry, as you drive to and from work, as you change diapers. . . as you go about even the most mundane of daily tasks. He is there. God with us.
The One Simple Trick to Help You Notice God in the Every Day
A few years ago, I stumbled upon a technique that changed my life in a radical way. It taught me to notice God in the details, in the mundane, in the ordinary. . . and it turned me from a once-a-day-if-even prayer kind of gal, to the pray-without-ceasing kind.
Today I’m going back into the archives to share with you the trick I learned. . . and how it’s made all the difference.