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Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures.

Updated: May 26

Have you ever heard the term, " Practicing the Presence of God?"

I heard that term used a few years ago at a Christian conference that was encouraging people to go deeper with God to learn to listen for His voice and to enjoy the sweet peace that comes from experiencing the His presence.

What does it mean to practice the presence of God?

At the conference, I was introduced to a man known as Brother Lawerance. I didn't meet him in person but it really seemed that I had. He has an amazing story that has impacted many lives. He was a soldier quite a few years ago. He actually died in 1691.

Though he lived on this earth centuries ago, he shared the same yearning in his heart as I do—to encounter a deeper presence of God. He unraveled the secret to experiencing God's profound presence by diligently seeking Him throughout the day, from the earliest light of morning to the darkest hours of the night, infusing each seemingly ordinary task with the glory of God's presence!

That is how Brother Lawerence practiced the presence of God.

Have you read Brother Lawerence's book?

It is called The Practice Of The Presence Of God. You can get it in a free audio format HERE.

It is a collection of notes, letters, and interviews given by Brother Lawerence to show how to develop a conversational relationship with God.

Index: Don't miss these important sections of this post, Practicing The Presence Of God

Brother Lawerence

“In the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees in the Chapel.”~ Brother Lawrence.

This is one of the conversations that you will read in his book. He had discovered how to practice the presence of God in every situation and wherever he was. He was in the presence of God all the time and that cured him of that empty feeling that he had.

Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite Lay Brother. But he had not always been a monk. He had been a soldier but became wounded. This resulted in him becoming lame. He probably saw more carnage and death than we could ever imagine on the battlefield. During his time in battle, he saw a dead and lifeless tree. Gazing at the tree, Herman (Brother Lawerence) grasped for the first time the extravagance of God's grace and the unfailing sovereignty of divine providence. Like the tree, he himself was seemingly dead, but God had life waiting for him, and the turn of seasons would bring fullness. At that moment, he said, that leafless tree "first flashed in upon my soul the fact of God," and a love for God that never after ceased to burn.

God opened up an opportunity for him to find life again. He ended up in a monastery in France. It wasn't a glamorous job but he learned the practice of practicing the presence of God, which turned his mundane tasks into glamorous and fulfilling ones! ( O.K the book doesn't describe his life as glamorous but the joy that Brother Lawerence portrays, suggests that his everyday tasks, (just like the one's that we have to do) became glamorous in the light of God's presence.

Brother Lawrence had the job of dishwasher and cook in the 17th-century French monastery. During his 40 years as a monk, he came to a deep understanding of what it meant to practice the presence of God.

As he went about his mundane tasks, Brother Lawerence had conversations with God. He believed God could be invited into everything he did and His presence could be enjoyed anytime and everywhere.

“Brother Lawrence retreated to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value. ‘I (Brother Lawrence) began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.’ Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.

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These notes, letters, and interviews were not meant to be compiled into a book for us all to read. They were actual conversations that Brother Lawerence had with a friend about the depth of his love for God. He tells his friend of his tried and true practices that helped him create a deep, connection with God. His friends published his story after his death in 1691.

Presence Of God Bible Study

Would you like to join me for 31 days to prayerfully study what the bible says about practicing the presence of God?

You will find below a list of 31 scriptures on the topic of 'practicing the presence of God '. Beside each verse is a link that will bring you to another blog post with a devotional study of it.

💡Bookmark this page and each day visit a different verse. You may also enjoy using the Free Bible printable with the list of bible verses and the Bible journal page.

Here are some questions to consider about living continuously in God's presence:

  1. What does it mean to practice the presence of God?

  2. What does it mean to seek God?

  3. How do you seek God with all your heart?