Can you really experience God’s presence all the time?
Like, literally ALL the time?
One of my favorite books is The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in Paris during the 1600’s.
He lived a simple life as a monk working primarily in the kitchen as well as repairing his fellow brothers’ sandals.
Brother Lawrence’s life could have easily been lost in obscurity except for one thing – he had a deep relationship with God and was able to experience His presence at all times, wherever he went.
And what’s even more remarkable is that people could tell! They only had to glance at Brother Lawrence – his countenance, his behavior, his speech – to desire this same effect of dwelling in God’s presence.
What Brother Lawrence discovered was that having a deep and intimate relationship with God can and should happen everywhere.
Here are some of his tips that we can practice today – even 400 years later:
We must always be aware of God’s presence. To think we have to abandon conversation with Him when we go about our day is a mistake.
Our prayers can consist solely of God’s presence. Our soul rests in Him, losing our awareness of everything but our love for Him.
Gradually train yourself to show your love for God by asking for his grace. Offer your heart to Him at every moment. Don’t restrict your love of Him with rules or special practices. Go full out in faith, with love and humility.
If your mind wanders at times, don’t get upset because being upset will only distract you more. Allow your will to recall your attention gently to God.
We have to know someone before we can truly love them. In order to know God, we must think about Him often. And once we get to know Him, we will think about Him even more often, because where our treasure is, there also is our heart!