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Nicholas Herman 3rd July, 2008

Posted by Scotty in Books, Spirituality.
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I’ve just finished reading the simple little book The Practice of the Presence of God. It is a collection of spiritual insights from this man, who upon entering a monastary took on the name he is more commonly known by… Brother Lawrence.

My favourite part of the book, no surprise, is the short biography at the end. I hope I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but this man’s faith was mark by two or three important characteristics…

  • He was a man of the Word! He had a deep love and respect for the Scriptures. This is what lies behind his understanding of who God is.
  • He was a man of Prayer! He committed hours a day to prayer, primarily reflecting on the attributes of God he would read about in Scripture, and praying them back to God!
  • He was a man of Humility! I haven’t mentioned this much in the other biographies I have read, but Men of God are men of Humility. They know how vast God is, how insignificant they are, and how much we have to depend on God for all we have and all we do!

Nicholas Herman devoted his life to sharing with people how simple it was to have a profound faith. He lived what he taught, showing people that by focusing their attention on God, and being disciplined in that focus, they could transform their lives.

The church today is in such a bad way because it is filled with Christians looking for shortcuts. The way to grow in faith is to use it. It is impossible to be an effective Christian outside of the Word of God and prayer. Please don’t read this and dismiss it. If you consider yourself a member of God’s church, evaluate these aspects of your life. If you want to be of use to God, start to develop the habits now of spending time prayerfully in the Word, and wordfully in Prayer!

I praise God for men like Brother Lawrence, who demonstrate these truths to the world. May my life be a light in the darkness, and a help in areas dimly lit!

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