Practicing God’s Presence

When each new year begins, I usually make a couple of resolutions. They normally have to do with my diet, health, or attitude. How about you? Have you made any new year’s resolutions for yourself this year?

I decided that instead of making personal resolutions that I may or may not stick with, I would set one main goal this year and carry it through. My goal is to grow closer to God in order to know Him better.

Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. Colossians 1:10

Sounds good, right? But what’s my plan to get to know Him? For me that means I will resolve to be consistent in 3 areas:
1)   Bible study
2)   Prayer
3)   Sitting quietly in God’s presence

I’ve had a pretty stable Quiet Time for the last several years, where most days I spend time praying and reading my bible, but my time of being quiet before God has been lacking. This year I want more. I want to truly know God.

I recently learned about a monk who lived in France in the 1600’s. His name was Brother Lawrence. He spoke about the deep things of God in very simple terms, and his teachings were transcribed by fellow monks and compiled into a Christian Classic called The Practice of the Presence of God. As he lay dying, he was still teaching. He said:

Let all that we seek to do be to know GOD: the more you know Him, the more you will desire to know Him. As 2 Peter 3:18 tells us, we have been called and chosen to know Him, “… but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
And as knowledge is commonly the measure of love, the deeper and more extensive our knowledge shall be, the greater will be our love: and if our love of GOD were great we should love Him equally in pains and pleasures.

If you’ve never had a regular quiet time before, it helps to set a specific time and place. Then make that time a priority every day. Morning or evening, make a commitment to meet with God daily.

Start with 10 minutes. A few minutes of prayer, a few minutes of bible reading, and finish with a few minutes of sitting quietly before the Lord. By building in a set time to be alone with God every day, it won’t be long before you look forward to those precious moments with a merciful Savior.

Maybe you’ve already developed a quiet time discipline. If so, I urge you to go deeper this year by focusing on being still in His presence.  Listen intently for His voice and direction through the Holy Spirit.

I challenge you to join me in developing a consistent time of “practicing the presence of God” through Bible study, prayer, and quietly listening for God’s voice.  Will you set this goal for yourself this year?

Let’s resolve to “practice God’s presence” together.

Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.   Colossians 1:10 

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