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The Christian Classics - Part IV

  • Jim Daly
    Jim Daly is president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families thrive.
  • 2011 Jul 29
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Posted by Jim_Daly Jul 28, 2011



On the Benefits of Continual Conversation With God

(from The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence, Fifth Letter) BrotherLawrence1.jpg

I know that for the right practice [of the presence of God], the heart must be empty of all other things; because God will possess the heart alone; and as he cannot possess it alone without emptying it of all besides, so neither can He act there, and do in it what He pleases, unless it be left vacant to Him.

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.  Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive.  It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us.

Were I a preacher, I should, above all other things, preach the practice of the presence of God; and, were I a director, I should advise all the world to do it, so necessary do I think it, and so easy too. 

Ah!  Knew we but the want we have of the grace and assistance of God, we should never lose sight of Him, no, not for a moment.  Believe me; make immediately a holy and firm resolution never more willfully to forget Him, and to spend the rest of your days in His sacred presence, deprived for the love of Him, if He thinks fit, of all consolations. 


Monday: Christian Classics I: C.S. Lewis...Liar, Lunatic, or...?
Tuesday: Christian Classics II: John Bunyan...On the Hidden Life of Christ
Wednesday: Christian Classics III: A.W. Tozer...On Thinking Rightly about God

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