There are certain things that Scripture tells us that we should know. One of them is that as believers, we have the Holy Spirit within us. But what does that really mean and how should that impact our lives? One reason God chose to dwell within us was His desire to have intimate fellowship with us. The amazing God who created this vast universe also desires intimacy with us to the point that He has chosen to dwell within us. An awesome thought!
Throughout the history of the church, men and women have sought to develop and strengthen this intimacy by increasing their awareness of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps one of the best-known examples is Brother Lawrence who developed the habit of practicing the presence of God in whatever He was doing. Letters relating his experience with that habit have been made into a small book with the title “The Practice of the Presence of God” that is available free online.
God has chosen to make His special dwelling place within us so that we may experience intimacy with Him throughout the day. That means that as you go through your day in the practice of medicine, seeing patients, performing surgery, reading X-rays or pathology slides, you have the opportunity to be fully aware of the presence of God within you. He is available to help you love and make decisions for those patients as well as lead and prompt you through difficult decisions.
A practical way to begin practicing the presence of God is to begin making short prayers of only 1-2 sentences throughout the day regarding the patients you are seeing, their concerns, and their spiritual condition. We can make the mistake of thinking that prayers need to be long and detailed when actually short quick prayers are just as important. An example of a quick silent prayers is “Lord be with _______ in their struggle with cancer”. It only takes a few seconds, and as you develop this habit, you’ll experience God more through the day.
Prayer: Lord, as I enter into this new day, I ask that you will make me more aware of your indwelling presence so that I may experience you more.