Thanks to Lukeprog for his post Brother Lawrence – The Practice of the Presence of God. He points to the entire BL book in MP3 or text or PDF or online. He specifically points directly to chapter 4 of the conversation.The BL quote I agree with the most – and which is timely for me to hear today – is this one:
That the most excellent method he had found of going to GOD, was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men (Gal 1:10) and (as far as we are capable) purely for the love of GOD (Eph 6:5-6).
Another quote from BL that I really like is these ones:
That it was a great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other times.
That we are as strictly obliged to adhere to GOD by action in the time of action, as by prayer in its season.
That we ought, once for all, heartily to put our whole trust in GOD, and make a total surrender of ourselves to Him, secure that He would not deceive us.
And of course this quote really hits the heart of it for me – the focus on faith, love and hope.
That the whole substance of religion was faith, hope, and love; by the practice of which we become united to the will of GOD
And now for some real wisdom:
That all things are possible to him who believes, that they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves, and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.
Yes and amen! And how about this little tidbit?
That the greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon Divine grace.
This is of course so true – the more we want from Him, the more dependant on Him we are. To not be dependant is to not achieve or grow in Him. This is the struggle of the church – to remain dependant in an age of limitless money and finance.
Being questioned by one of his own society (to whom he was obliged to open himself) by what means he had attained such an habitual sense of GOD? he told him that, since his first coming to the monastery, he had considered GOD as the end of all his thoughts and desires, as the mark to which they should tend, and in which they should terminate.
This quote above shows me the essence of every quote about BL. He seeks God. Seeking God doesn’t mean lying on your face (although it can include that) . Seeking God doesn’t mean selling all you have (but it might result in that).
Seeking Him boils down to this passage:
… the Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, craving Him as your soul’s first necessity], He will be found by you … – 2 Chron 15:2
I don’t pretend to have got everything right in my life or in my walk, but I have found that if I shape my life so that in my day to day life style I am seeking Him as my main focus (removing things that interfere – like TV) then I find that He draws near to me.
Worship of God is a life style, not something we say. Make a joyful noise to the Lord (not a professional noise).
BL knew that this was the key… to seek Him, [inquiring for and of Him, craving Him as your soul’s first necessity], then He will be found by you.
BL changed his life style and found God.