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Brother Lawrence emphasized what is important in practicing God’s presence: “It is important . . . to realize that this conversation with God takes place in the depths and center of the soul. It is there that the soul speaks to God heart to heart, and always in a deep and profound peace that the soul enjoys in God.” Whenever we learn a skill that becomes a regular practice – like a new exercise program or eating more healthy – we

Brother Lawrence reported how a friend described practicing God’s presence: “This person says that the habit is formed by the repetition of acts and by frequently bringing the mind back into God’s presence. He says that as soon as he is free from his occupations, and often even when he is most taken up by them, the recesses of his mind or the innermost depths of his soul are raised with no effort on his part and remain suspended and

Brother Lawrence wrote that the practice of the “presence of God is an application of our mind to God, or a remembrance of God present, that can be brought about either by imagination or the understanding.” In addition to knowing and loving God in our hearts, Brother Lawrence also tells us to know and love God through our minds. A.W. Tozer perceived this as well: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” So,

Brother Lawrence discerns the difference between our wills and our emotions. “There is a great difference between the tastes and sentiments of the will and the operations of the same will, because the tastes and sentiments of the will are in the soul as in their object, and its operation, which is properly love, terminates in God as in its end.” Sometimes we do not feel like loving God, following Christ, or obeying the Spirit. Brother Lawrence advises us not to

In finding true spiritual freedom, Brother Lawrence calls us to confront all lesser loves in order to “love God above all things.” Picture an old wagon wheel with God as the center and all other loves as the spokes. Think of all the people and things you love – friends, activities, food, projects, hobbies, sports. Where is God in relation to all these? Can you say: “I love God above all things! I want to know him above all things! My God is