The Practice of the Presence of God

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From Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection:

Before beginning any task I would say to God, with childlike trust: “O God, since you are with me, and it is your will that I must now apply myself to these outward duties, I implore you, assist me with your grace that I may continue in your presence; and to this end, O Lord, be with me in this my work, accept the labor of my hands, and dwell within my heart with all your fullness.” Moreover, as I work, I would continue to hold familiar converse, offering to him my little acts of service, entreating the unfailing help of his grace.

When I had finished, I would examine how I had performed my duty: if I found well, I gave him thanks; if ill, I implored His pardon, and without losing heart I set my spirit right, and returned anew unto his presence, as though I had never wandered from Him.

Thus, by rising after every fall, and by doing all in faith and love, without wearying, I have come to a state in which it would be as little possible for me not to think of God, as it was hard to discipline myself thereto at the beginning.

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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