The Great Work

17 … pray without ceasing … (1 Thessalonians 5).

Four centuries ago Nicholas Herman began a journey to seek God’s presence every waking moment. He called it “practicing the presence of God” and said “we should establish ourselves in a sense of God’s Presence, by continually conversing with Him.” He became a monk, taking on the name Lawrence of the Resurrection (or simply Brother Lawrence), and assumed kitchen duties for most of the remainder of his life. Here is a man who took these words in Scripture very seriously indeed, admonishing us that it is “a shameful thing to quit His conversation, to think of trifles and fooleries.”

This is the great work of our lives: to keep our eyes always looking heavenward in prayer, while without distraction also performing earthly tasks at hand. Our Lord Jesus did it, and expects us to strive to do it too. Just how is this accomplished? Only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives—beginning with a consuming passion for God.

Lord, help us This Day to spend the day in prayer to You. Amen.