The Practice of the Presence of God is just a little book. It is a compilation of letters and maxims written by Brother Lawrence along with recollections of conversations and a short biography written by his close friend, Joseph de Beaufort. Collected and published a few years after Brother Lawrence’s death in 1691, the book became a classic, highly recommended by such men as John Wesley and A.W. Tozer.
Brother Lawrence was not a great teacher or theologian. He was not famous for great inventions or discoveries or charitable ministries. His name isn’t associated with miraculous events. All in all, Brother Lawrence was a simple man. But he was a man who discovered how to live a life of unceasing prayer, consciously abiding in the presence of God. It was this practice of the presence of God that Brother Lawrence freely shared […]
Watchman Nee wrote prolifically, largely for the benefit of his Little Flock. One such work is the little book, Let Us Pray. Nee writes in a simple, heartfelt style. As he writes, he seems to come at his point from many different directions as though walking about and inspecting every aspect of it. Some may find this repetitive, but I found it has the effect of engendering familiarity with the concept and broadening the understanding.
Nee begins his book with a discussion of why we must pray. He argues, “The foremost question to be asked is, Why pray? What is the use of praying? Is not God omniscient as well as omnipotent? Why must He wait till we pray before He commences to work?” (Nee 2014) He then proceeds to show that this is indeed the case. God has so ordered creation that […]