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.
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