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November (Page 3)

Regarding prayer Brother Lawrence wrote to another, “You are telling me nothing new, and you are not the only one who experiences distractions. The mind is extremely flighty. . . .” We’ve all been there, right? When we begin to pray, suddenly our minds are wandering to our to-do list, or planning our next meal, or figuring out how to pay a bill, or being interrupted by a text. Anything except quieting ourselves before God and praying. Just beginning to pray

Brother Lawrence wrote, “A brief lifting up of the heart is enough. A brief remembrance of God, an act of inner adoration – even though on the run with sword in hand – these prayers, short as they may be, are pleasing to God and, far from causing those engaged in battle to lose courage in the most dangerous circumstances, fortify them. May he think of this as often as possible so that he becomes gradually accustomed to this simple

Brother Lawrence wrote, “How happy we would be if we could only find the treasure of which the gospel speaks; nothing else would matter. Since it is inexhaustible, the more we search, the more riches we find. Let us devote ourselves ceaselessly to looking for it; let us not grow weary until we have found it.” The idea of finding a treasure and paying only a fraction of its value stirs us. We go after it. That’s how Jesus described the kingdom

Brother Lawrence actually never wrote the book we know as The Practice of the Presence of God. Yet this slender volume has become one of the top ten devotional classics of all time, popular among Catholics and Protestants alike, and acclaimed by many including John Wesley and A.W. Tozer. His spiritual leader, Joseph de Beaufort, collected Brother Lawrence’s letters and notes after he died in 1691 at age 77, added four conversations he had had with Brother Lawrence, and published them

Brother Lawrence wrote that “we can continue our loving exchange with him [God], remaining in his holy presence sometimes by an act of adoration, praise, or desire, other times by acts of oblation, thanksgiving, or anything else that our minds can devise.” As Brother Lawrence practices the presence of God, he does so with a holy freedom and without a legalistic spirit. He chooses to remain in God’s presence continually, and when he finds himself drawn away from God, he merely

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