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Selections from The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence 
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"He said that there was neither an art nor a science for going to God, but that the only requirement was a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him."

Third Conversation with Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence told me that the basis of his spiritual life was to think only of God, and to reject every other thought.  

When he had not thought of God for a good while, he did not punish himself for it.  But after having acknowledged his failing, he returned to Him with much greater trust.

When outward business diverted him a little from the thought of God, a fresh remembrance coming from God reinvigorated his soul, and so inflamed and transported him that it was difficult for him to contain himself.

He felt that the worst that could happen to him was to lose the sense of God which he had enjoyed so long - but the goodness of God assured him that He would not forsake him.  

He felt that perfect trust in God was a sure way to heaven, a way in which we had always sufficient support for our conduct.

He said that there was neither an art nor a science for going to God, but that the only requirement was a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him.

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