Brother Lawrence said that “we settle for penances and private devotions, leaving aside love, our end. Our works prove this, and that is why we see so little solid virtue. Neither finesse nor learning is required to approach God, only a heart resolved to devote itself exclusively to him, and to love him alone.” How many Christians develop spiritual habits, read Christian books, follow spiritual leaders, attend worship services, and use prayer guides, but they wonder why they’re not progressing spiritually?
Brother Lawrence said that “in the beginning we must faithfully act and renounce ourselves; and after that come only unspeakable delights. In times of difficulty we have no recourse but to Jesus Christ, to ask him for his grace that makes everything easy.” At the start of our Christian journey, after making a total surrender to God, we set into place new life patterns – living faithfully before God and others, praying in simple faith, wrestling against sins, renouncing our self-centered
Brother Lawrence said that whenever he tried to “communicate with anyone concerning the state of his soul, he came out of it feeling more perplexed.” Yet whenever he would die to himself and “lose himself for the love of God, he feared nothing.” As he said, “Total surrender to God is the sure way, along which there is always light to guide us.” Have you ever gone to someone for advice and left feeling worse than before? That was Brother Lawrence’s experience.
Brother Lawrence said that “he expected great physical or mental suffering to occur, and that his greatest trial would be to lose the perceptible awareness of God he had experienced for so long. But God’s goodness assured him he would never abandon him, and would give him the strength to endure whatever evil he would permit to happen to him. With that assurance he feared nothing.” Brother Lawrence expected stress and suffering in life. Indeed, God’s Word has repeatedly told us
Brother Lawrence said that “he was more closely united with God during his ordinary activities than when he put them aside to do his retreat exercises, which generally left him in great aridity.” Brother Lawrence so lived in God’s presence all the time that participating in some expected Christian practices didn’t make any real difference to him. He found God just as real in his ordinary tasks as he did in those Christian activities. In fact, compared with loving God in his