You need not cry loud; He is nearer to us than we are aware of. – Brother Lawrence
Musings and insights from ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’ (writings of Brother Lawrence)
At the age of nearly fourscore exhorts his correspondent, who is sixty-four, to live and die with God and promises and asks for prayer. I pity you much. It will be of great importance if you can leave the care of your affairs to, and spend the remainder of your life only in worshipping God. He requires no great matters of us; a little remembrance of Him from time to time, a little adoration: sometimes to pray for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, and sometimes to return Him thanks for the favours He has given you, and still gives you, in the midst of your troubles, and to console yourself with Him the oftenest you can. Lift up your heart to Him, sometimes even at your meals, and when you are in company: the least little remembrance will always be acceptable to Him. You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we are aware of. It is not necessary for being with God to be always at church; we may make an oratory of our heart, wherein to retire from time to time, to converse with Him in meekness, humility, and love. Every one is capable of such familiar conversation with God, some more, some less: He knows what we can do. Let us begin then; perhaps He expects but one generous resolution on our part. Have courage. We have but little time to live; you are near sixty-four, and I am almost eighty. Let us live and die with God: sufferings will be sweet and pleasant to us, while we are with Him: and the greatest pleasures will be, without Him, a cruel punishment to us. May He be blessed for all. Amen. Use yourself then by degrees thus to worship Him, to beg His grace, to offer Him your heart from time to time, in the midst of your business, even every moment if you can. Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules, or particular forms of devotion; but act with a general confidence in God, with love and humility. You may assure — of my poor prayers, and that I am their servant, and yours particularly.
Two Particular scriptures pop out to me while reading this letter.
Romans 12:1-5 and Hebrews 4:14-16
Romans 12:1-3 (NASB):
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies asl a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
“and spend the remainder of your life only in worshipping God”
Our lives are to be the worship. It is not what we do, but how we live. “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1). Full consecration!
Rejoice when He nudges you, remember Him and praise Him for bringing your attention back to Him.
“Let us live and die with God: sufferings will be sweet and pleasant to us, while we are with Him: and the greatest pleasures will be, without Him, a cruel punishment to us.”
Amongst sufferings, He is with us! Let us lean into Him and approach His throne of grace with confidence. (Hebrews 12:16)
Hebrews 4:14-16 (NASB):
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Draw near to Him, remembering Him in all you do, open to receive His grace.
Remember the grace you have been given, and the measure of faith you’ve been allotted (Rom. 12:3).