Tuesday, December 31, 2013

More on Lingering

Several people have commented that this concept of lingering in the presence of God is something that the Lord has placed on their hearts for 2014.

Read this prayer of Brother Lawrence - read it prayerfully and carefully. Here is his greatest secret to being able to continue in the presence of the Lord - lingering there no matter tasks he had to do each day. Brother Lawrence made his heart a true sanctuary of God's presence and called for the continual, intentional, conscious presence of God to abide throughout the day. Here is Brother Lawrence's prayer:

"O my God, since thou art with me, and i must now, in obedience to thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, i beseech thee to grant me the grace to continue in thy presence; and to this end do thou prosper me with thy assistance, receive all my works, and possess all my affections."

As a friend, Ed Nelson said, "I feel that entering into a "Lingering Lifestyle" is so crucial in this season of increased intimacy. Also, Holy Spirit wants to be involved in deciding how long we Linger in His presence. Our agenda's are just that.. ours. He wants to give us so much more."

May we become passionate about cultivating a "lingering lifestyle" this year!" This means that we invite Him in to every area of our day - from the moments we set aside to be with Him to the time we have with others - may we find Him there in our thoughts, words and actions, and may we become the fragrance of Christ in the world!

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful,
than that of a continual conversation with God;
those only can comprehend it
who practice and experience it.
- Brother Lawrence - 

More thoughts on lingering: HERE and HERE