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“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God, I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice speaking, and my cry to him reached his ears” (Psalm 18:6 ESV)
Although awkward and rather clumsy, underneath lay ‘a heart of gold’ within Brother Lawrence. While serving in the ’30 years war,’ he suffered several injuries that left him permanently lame. Even so, the battle scars did not hinder his work nor his gratefulness toward God. Soon after the war ended, he entered ‘Paris Carmelite Monastery’. Seemingly, a perfect place for him to send thoughts upward, and whisper prayers throughout the day.
While living in the Monastery, Brother Lawrence worked kitchen duties, preparing and cooking food. Other responsibilities included cleaning floors, washing dishes, and repairing sandals for the Brethren. Here, he flourished within the solitude of a hermit’s life. So much so that his demeanor attracted a variety of visitors. Especially people who needed spiritual guidance. Moreover, word soon spread. For this reason, many people came regularly to seek godly advice. The wisdom he passed on to them, in conversations and letters, would later be the basis for his book “Practicing The Presence Of God”
Clearly, Brother Lawrence demonstrated that the ‘true spirit of prayer’ fares better than the ‘habit of prayer’. And while positioning a posture of lowliness, he fought every battle on his knees. In quietness and thankfulness, he obeyed and became a ‘pray without ceasing’ ambassador (I Thess 5:17).
*Dear Lord, teach us to pray like Brother Lawrence, to worship, to breathe your name daily. Let us soak in your goodness and relentless care “The Lord is near to all who call upon him. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).
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