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Brother Lawrence sometimes expressed things in an peculiar way. “He kept himself close to God, praising and blessing him with all his strength, spending his life in continual joy.” Yet at the same time, he was “hoping that God would give him something to suffer when he was stronger.” Did Brother Lawrence really want God to send suffering his way? How are we to understand this? Actually, the Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray “deliver us from evil”. We don’t need to

Brother Lawrence noticed that “for him, mental prayer had become the experience of God’s presence, his soul having withdrawn from everything except love. He hardly noticed any difference outside of this time since he kept himself close to God, praising and blessing him with all his strength, spending his life in continual joy.” The kind of praying Brother Lawrence learned in his daily time with God became his experiential goal for every moment – loving God, living with Christ as a

Brother Lawrence said that “it is a big mistake to think that the period of mental prayer should be different from any other. We must be just as closely united with God during our activities as we are during our times of prayer.” We tend to compartmentalize our lives. We separate the sacred and the secular. We separate faith and work. We separate the physical and the spiritual. In contrast, consumed by God’s omnipresence, Brother Lawrence found God everywhere, whether he was

Brother Lawrence said that he “found no better way to approach God than by the ordinary works required in his case by obedience, purifying them as much as he could from all human respect, and doing them for the pure love of God.” Most of us would like to do big things, great things for God. Brother Lawrence preferred doing what he was already doing – ordinary things, simple things – as acts of loving worship to God. Whatever he wanted to

Brother Lawrence said that “it is a pity to see how many people are attached to certain works that they perform rather imperfectly and for human respect, always mistaking the means for the end.” Subtly we can do a lot of Christian activity that really serves ourselves rather than God. Our worship experience can become a spiritual fix for ourselves. Our witness for Christ can be motivated by a desire to announce it to others. Jesus specifically cautioned us how our praying, giving,

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