Focus Attention To Form The Habit of the Presence of God

Every new human born into the world must learn for themselves that which humans have discovered thousands of years ago.

I am amazed every time I read from old or ancient sources the accumulated wisdom of the time, which is often not that much different from what we teach or at least know to be right in the present moment.

Some popular writers have explored the power of habit and how to create the right habits. There’s Charles Duhigg and I’ve recently discovered James Clear. And then there is Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection from about 1670.

That in order to form a habit of conversing with GOD continually, and referring all we do to Him, we must at first apply to Him with some diligence: but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.

In order to live alongside God, first we must put our attention on God. This must be intentional and daily. Set aside a time, at first, where you know you will have one thing to do—set your mind on God. Maybe you repeat a phrase or the Jesus Prayer.

But then, after some period of time this becomes just a natural part of us. We “find His love inwardly excite to us without any difficulty”.

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