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Resolutions often fade. To overcome this, some suggest the 21/90 rule. You commit yourself to some goal or pattern for 21 straight days to form a habit. Then you continue doing it for another 90 days to make it a lifestyle. Three weeks plus ninety days starts with a resolution. I followed a similar strategy when I was young believer. I was challenged to read the Bible and pray for at least seven minutes every day. I started with that commitment for

Brother Lawrence defines “simple awareness, this loving view of God present everywhere [as] the holiest, the surest, the easiest, and the most efficacious form of prayer.” That’s helpful. Perhaps the most daunting command of the Bible is 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which has been translated in many ways: Pray continually. Pray constantly. Pray without ceasing. Always keep on praying. Never stop praying. Pray unceasingly. Continually pray ye. Pray all the time. Pray at all times. Keep on with your prayers. Pray upon

Brother Lawrence summarized his journey of practicing God’s presence: While “somewhat difficult in the beginning, [it] secretly accomplishes marvelous effects in the soul, draws abundant graces from the Lord, and, when practiced faithfully, imperceptibly leads it to this simple awareness, to this loving view of God present everywhere, which is the holiest, the surest, the easiest, and the most efficacious form of prayer.” What happens when you develop an awareness of God? You see God more and more at work within

Praying breath prayers – prayers that you can pray in one breath – is a valuable exercise in practicing God’s presence. Brother Lawrence illustrated: “Formulate a few words interiorly, such as: ‘My God, I am completely yours,’ or ‘God of love, I love you with all my heart,’ or ‘Lord, fashion me according to your heart,’ or any other words love spontaneously produces.” Simple breath prayers can express our heartfelt desires, keep our minds fixed on God, and move our wills to

In practicing God’s presence Brother Lawrence had no qualms in reiterating ways for making the habit stick: (1) The priority of “purity of life”. (2) That “fostering this awareness of God within, must always be performed gently, humbly, and lovingly, without giving in to disturbance or anxiety.” (3) Taking “special care that this inner awareness, no matter how brief it may be, precedes our activities, that it accompanies them from time to time, and that we complete all of them