6 ways to practice the presence of God throughout your day

March 31, 2011

practice the presence of god

Brother Lawrence was a monk in France during the 1600’s. He was assigned to the monastery kitchen where, amidst the tedious chores of cooking and cleaning at the constant bidding of his superiors, he developed his rule of spirituality and work.

Brother Lawrence learned to retreat to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value. He said:

“I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.”

Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.  Brother Lawrence learned to practice the presence of God throughout his day.

To live moment by moment, conscious of God’s presence is the key to Christian living.   This is the key to a growing personal relationship with God in the midst of the busyness of life.

6 ways to practice the presence of God throughout your day

1. Begin each day conscious of God.

When you first wake up in the morning focus on God. Meditate on a hymn, a Psalm or other portion of Scripture that will help you come before God in worship. There is power in worship.

Put aside all the cares and pressures of the day and praise God for who He is: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Praise Him for His presence and His promises.

2. Read God’s Word.

Ask God for spiritual insight from the portion of Scripture you read in the morning. Ask God to teach you during the day from that verse. By doing this, you will find greater spiritual depth in applying God’s Word to your daily activities.

3. Pray.

Each morning dedicate yourself to God’s service (Romans 12:1). Confess any known sin and pray for your needs and the needs of others (1 John 1:9; James 5:16b). Speak to the Lord throughout the day as Brother Lawrence was such a great example of. Don’t wait for formal times of prayer.

Keep short accounts of confessed sin. Don’t allow problems to cloud God’s presence (Philippians 4:6-7). He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Therefore tell Him your innermost thoughts. Ask Him for help in every difficulty. Nothing is too small to matter; nothing is too great.

4. Let thankfulness be the habit of your life.

Learn to thank the Lord in every situation you face (1 Thessalonians 5:18). You will be surprised at how much you have to be thankful for when you let God direct your day (Romans 8:28). And thankfulness will produce joy. Even if you feel there is nothing to rejoice in, rejoice in the God of your salvation.

5. Learn to be quiet in God’s presence.

In this hectic world, God’s words: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), are much needed. God speaks to the quiet, attentive heart.

By daily reading His Word, it is stored in your mind for the Holy Spirit to call to remembrance. Make time throughout your day to be still and to be quiet before God.

6. At the close of the day, rest in God’s presence.

Thank Him for how He has led you in that day. Meditate on His Word so that the last conscious thoughts on your mind are of His faithfulness. A daily walk with God is the blessed life.

Jesus says: “Come to me . . . and you will find rest for your soul.”

Don’t allow busyness and other distractions to hinder and stop you from coming to Jesus and from growing in your relationship with Him!

How do you practice the presence of God throughout your day?

RECOMMENDED READING: The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg

Kevin Martineau

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I am the Pastor at Port Hardy Baptist Church on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I am married to my best friend and I have three beautiful daughters.

61 responses to 6 ways to practice the presence of God throughout your day

  1. We can fall into the trap that we think we’re too busy to practice His presence, to ‘press in’ but this is a great practical reminder that it’s not too hard if we set our hearts and minds on it. Great post, Kevin. Thank you.

  2. I love Brother Lawrence. Thank you for bringing him into the conversation today. His wisdom never goes out of style.

  3. Right.on.Kevin.

    This is a tremendous prescription for staying in the presence of God. I have found over the past several weeks (with the help of my Accountability Network) starting my day in silent listening before God has truly made me more conscious of God all day long. Yahoo!!

  4. Had someone give me a copy of that book some time back when I really needed that discipline. Great help. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. bman (The Underfold) April 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

    That’s a great list for keeping up with God! Thanks!

  6. Thank you so much.

  7. I saw your tweet, took a look and liked your post, To the point about connecting with God. I like it! Thanks for the reminder.

  8. Great information! I like how practicing the presence of God throughout the day is what brings us closer to God and grows us.

  9. It really is a discipline, isn’t it? Thanks for a great list of how to make it a reality.

  10. Jorge Vazquez April 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for sharing this great post Kevin. It is such a great feeling to have the presence of God throughout the day.

  11. It’s been some time since I have read Brother Lawrence, and it’s refreshing to read these great steps on practicing His presence. No better time to start than today.
    Blessings

  12. I read that book a few years ago, but I didn’t absorb most of it. I do need to be better about spending time with God in the morning rather than just putting it off (and then being too tired to do it) in the evening.

  13. I love the work of Brother Lawrence. His writings have helped to shape me as a Christian. These 6 steps are a great reminder of how to allow the presence of God to work through me in the day to day. Thank you so much for this post. It was a much needed reminder.

  14. Hey Kevin,
    I am just starting to read Brother Lawrence’s story as part of our summer reading practice. Very cool to find your post here on your site. I’ll be looking foreward to sharing more insights with you as I learn more.

    Practicing the presence of God on a daily basis really is as simple as you want to make it. Blessings to you.
    VaNessa

  15. i think it is the best thing that can happen to any body is to live in his presence,eat it,dewel in it amen

  16. Kevin,
    We have a lifestyle that was blessed. 5am in prayer alone every morning. Praying for others that come upon my heart. This is after speaking with God for forgiveness and guidence in his flawless word.

    Meditation is daily on his word and praises all day within action worthy. In a quiet place I seek God to give me wisdom and clarity.

    His word is studied and I read daily Proverbs which is dated for each day of the month. This is tought in our church…Jubilee of Boston. We are a teaching church.

    Keving I would like to bless your and your fammily. May the guidence of God continue within. May his presents never leave you. May all who welcome you be blessed themselves. In Jesus name, Amen.

    Kevin,your inspiration and passion has always given me more insite to my purpose to share love and empower others around me. To speak with authority that was given to me. To edify others in all times. So, much more and all to the glory of God.

    Thank you for sharing Kevin. I look forward to receiving more promising words to live by. May your mouth continue to be an oricle. Amen.

  17. I belong to a Lay Carmelite community. Last year we used The Practice of the Presence of God for our monthly ongoing formation. So far it has been the best of all the book we have used in my opinion. I’m happy to see others who find Brother Lawrence’s message so helpful in deepening their relationship with the Lord. I hope you won’t mind if a correct just one thing. Br. Lawrence wasn’t a monk, but a Catholic Carmelite friar. This is a technical distinction that perhaps makes no difference as far as his spirituality is concerned.

    I enjoy reading your blog posts.

  18. though this is simple getting people to follow is difficult. I sometimes become too busy to practice the presence of God.
    I ask God’s forgiveness for my foolish thinking.

  19. Boaz Mwalukasa June 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I thank God for this experience. I now feel the presence of God in everything I do. I am happy to know God who can use people like you to open our eyes to see what Godis expecting from us. Amen and Amen

  20. Im really eager to learn how to enjoy in the presence of God, will put what I learnt from 6 ways to practise God’s presence. Thanx

  21. elena Inguengan August 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    elena inguengan says:
    Aug. 17, 2012

    In my life, how i wish i could fell the presence of God. Thanks God because i came to know now how i could do it. First, we should not forget to have intimate relationship with Him. I would share to you the seven (7) realities of experiencing God: 1. God is always at work around you 2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal. 3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work 4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes and His ways. 5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action 6. You must make major adjustment in your life to join God in what He is doing 7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplished His work through you. I hope this 7 realities is a great help in experiencing God in our life. Thanks

  22. Bro! Thank you so much for posting this! I was in prayer earlier and I felt the Lord drawing me to more intimacy with Him and to practice His presence more in my life. I googled and came across your posting. I LOVE THIS and am going to put it into action immediately! Much love to you and your family! God bless and keep pursuing Him!

  23. Hi, I thank God for letting me discover this site, for am blessed through this site and has become a blessing to others.

  24. I love how simple, and yet profound this is. It’s a simple reminder we all need. As human beings we seem to forget what we should remember, and remember what we should forget! God bless!

    Is this from a book you read about this monk?

    • I love this phrase: “As human beings we seem to forget what we should remember, and remember what we should forget!” So very true!

      These are not from Brother Lawrence but are from a variety of sources.

  25. I think being thankful in everything you received from God is very important. Some people already breath of prayer everyday and I do that too.

  26. Hello Kevin,

    What a great article. These steps that you have listed are simple steps we can all do, but with life being so hectic we can forget even the simplest of things. We all focus on things that we think we need or trying to do to much at one time.

    If we would all just “be still” and let God direct our path life would run smooth and it starts by taking action by following the steps you laid out in this article.

    God Bless you,
    Pastor Mark

  27. George Ayieko July 24, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Dear Kevin,
    I like your practical approach as contained in the” 6 ways to practice the presence of God”,it is commendable and worthy of practice by those who are in Christ.
    I have read the book by Bro Lawrence,THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD.I find it to be a good guideline to christian lifestyle for more blessings.It is indeed a practice that needs determination and grace of God to achieve.Thanks again for the exposition.

  28. Thanks so much for this. It came just at the time I’m seeking ways to be more closer to God.
    God bless u sir.

  29. thank you for sharing this post. I am very spiritual person and i always like to get closer and closer to God.

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