Seeker-driven church leaders and many in the Emergent movement openly dabble in and promote Roman Catholic Monastic Mysticism. In fact, one could argue that Roman Catholic Mysticism is today's postmodern version of Pentecostalism. The Lectio Divina, the Prayer Examen and Practicing the Presence of God are all the rage for those who are seeking to 'experience God'. There's only one BIG problem with all these Roman Catholic mystical practices... just like prayers to the saints, praying to and worshipping the virgin Mary, purgatory, the continual re-sacrifice of Christ in the Mass, and claiming the Pope is the infallible head of the church, not one of these mystical or contemplative practices are taught either in full or in part in the scriptures. Even worse there are no practices given in the scriptures whereby if a person performed the right steps with the right attitude of the heart that they could climb the ladder into heaven and then God would grant that person a subjective 'experience' of the divine.
In other words, all of these Roman Catholic Mystical Practices are nothing more that mystical snake oil and if one would apply just a little bit of Biblical discernment they could see through the packaging and realize their being sold counterfeit mystical experiences.
Seriously, think about it. The Bible nowhere teaches that you can "practice the presence of God". What does that phrase even mean? What's next practicing the sovereignty of God? How about practicing the omniscience of God or practicing the Trinity of God? The whole concept is utter poppycock.
The bottom line is that there is a postmodern cultural assumption and expectation that we can have a direct mystical experience with God. This assumption is not rooted in the Bible. It's rooted in pagan idolatry. The God of the Bible nowhere in His revealed word promises that if you do X, Y or Z that He will respond by giving you a subjective mystical experience. Anyone who tells you otherwise IS SELLING YOU SOMETHING and not telling you the truth.
Turn your brain back on and open your Bible and read it to understand it. Go to church and receive the Lord's supper, pray the Lord's prayer and offer up prayers and petitions to God. These are the humble ways that God has chosen for us to experience Him on this side of Christ's return and these are sufficient and profound. To seek to go beyond these humble means is idolatrous and often time spiritually disastrous.
• For a more in depth critique of Brother Lawrence's Practicing the Presence of God I highly recommend that you read the fine article written by Bob DeWaay entitled What Shall We Practice? Click Here to Read it.