In the practice of the presence of God, we are placing ourselves in the arms of the Spirit, being in union throughout the day with the One who loves us. How can this be? Prayer is the 1st step in our preparation to walk as the Bride in the Kingdom of God. In the story of Esther, when the time had come for Esther to be presented to the King, it is said that she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the King’s chamberlain had suggested. She was found favorable by all who looked upon her (Esther 2:15). Prayer is not an isolated activity or something to be done in seclusion. In the practice of the presence of God, we are in a constant state of prayer. We are communicating spirit to Spirit, giving thanks to God during every waking moment. We are praising the Lord for the magnificent and the mundane; for the dream job opportunity to giving thanks for hot water in the shower this morning! Our hearts are purified daily as we allow the “living waters’ to flow. This is Beauty from the inside out.

Brother Lawrence stated, “I make it my business only to persevere in His holy presence, where I keep myself by a simple attention, and a general fond regard to GOD, which I may call an actual presence of GOD; or, to speak better, an habitual, silent, and secret conversation of the soul with GOD, which often causes in me joys and raptures inwardly, and sometimes also outwardly, so great that I am forced to use means to moderate them, and prevent their appearance to others”.

Oh, to have the Presence of the Lord so available that we must maintain our composure because of the joy found in Him!