30 for 30

Day One

Stop

Stop what you’re doing. Quiet your heart today. Whatever distracting thoughts are flowing through your mind, try and quiet them for a few moments. Be still in God’s presence and allow His perfect love to meet you exactly where you are.

You don’t need to do anything, or even say anything. Jesus is with you, right now, in the room.

Invite Him to meet with you.

Take 5 minutes in quiet pondering Jesus, thinking about Jesus and quietly inviting Him into your day.

Look

Take a few moments to read Matthew Chapter 1.

Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. You may want to make notes, underline in your bible or journal all that God is saying.

Thought of the day

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Jesus is God with us.

God with us. Right here and right now. In our waking and sleeping. When we rise and when we fall. In our joys and in our trials. In our blessings and in our battles. He’s with us. When you feel Him and when you don’t. He is with you.

He will never leave you or forsake you.

This with-us-ness – the idea that God has made His home in us – is transformative to our earthly experience. It’s what every human longs for – communion with God. Yet so often we live as if He were not there – striving, struggling, anxious. God invites us to a new way of living – with total peace and incredible joy. Because He is with us.

Pray

Take 10 minutes to pray to your heavenly Father.

Today let’s pray for our city in lockdown.

For those struggling with loneliness in lockdown. For those who have lost their jobs and are on furlough. For individuals and families that are experiencing financial pressure. For those experiencing anxiety, fear and worry. For those caught in addiction and for those living on the streets.

Pray for all in our city that are suffering and struggling in this time.

Live

This section is about living awake to what God might be calling us to do in our city. Ask God to bring to mind two or three friends who may be struggling. Demonstrate the with-us-ness of God, by being present to them. Send a text or a message to them offering to pray or sharing an encouragement.