Brother Lawrence spoke to me with great fervor and openness about his way of going to God...
He told me that its essence is renouncing once and for all everything we recognize as not tending toward God, in order to accustom ourselves to a continual conversation with Him without a lot of head knowledge.
All we must do is recognize God’s intimate presence within us and speak to Him every moment, asking Him for His help.
In this way we will know His will in doubtful things and we will do those things well that He is clearly asking of us, offering them to Him before doing them and giving Him thanks for having done them once we have finished.
In this continual conversation, one is also busy praising, worshiping, and unceasingly loving God for His infinite goodness and perfection.
We should confidently ask Him for His grace without regard to our thoughts, depending on the infinite merits of our Lord.
Every time we ask, God does not fail to give us His grace. Brother Lawrence could feel this grace, and he failed only when he was distracted from the company of God, or when he had forgotten to ask Him for His help.
In doubtful matters, God never fails to give light when we have no other purpose than to please Him and do all for His love. . .
We must trust God once and for all and abandon ourselves to Him alone. He will not deceive us.
We must not grow weary of doing little things for the love of God, who looks not on the great size of the work, but on the love in it. We must not be surprised at failing frequently in the beginning; in the end, we will have developed the habit that enables us to produce these acts of love without thinking about them, deriving a great deal of pleasure from them.
All we have to do is cultivate faith, hope, and love to attach ourselves solely to the will of God.
—Excerpted from The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence