Do the Brother Lawrence

'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.' Zechariah 8:23 NKJV

The prophet Zechariah wrote, 'Many people, even strong nations, will come... and say, "Please be my friend, for I know that God is with you"' (Zechariah 8:22-23 TLB).

In the 17th Century, a cook and dish washer named Nicholas Herman was constantly worried about whether or not he was saved. Then one day, whilst looking at a tree, he was struck by the truth in Psalm 1:3 - that the secret to growing spiritually is in being rooted and grounded in God. So he decided to make his life an experiment in what he called 'the habitual, silent, secret conversation of the soul with God.' Today he's better known as Brother Lawrence. Although he spent his life in obscurity working in a monastery kitchen, how he interacted with God made people from around the world long to know God like he did. They would queue to watch him wash dishes because the presence of God was so strong around him. His friends said he 'found God everywhere...as much while repairing shoes as...praying with the community.' After he died they made a book of his letters and conversations, called The Practice of the Presence of God. It's one of the most widely read books of the last four centuries.

Jesus said, 'If I am lifted up...I will draw all peoples to myself' (John 12:32 NKJV). The more you cultivate the presence of God in your life, the more others will be attracted to him.

So what now? Today, do a Brother Lawrence: in whatever you do, be quietly aware of God's presence with you and around you.

Soulfood: Dan 5-7 Luke 22:47-53 Ps 103:1-12 Pro 10:13,

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