Day 7: Sunday, January 14, 2024

Written by Pastor Andrew

Take a moment to pause, be still, and prepare your heart and mind to receive God’s word. 

READ: Psalm 16:5-11

King David wrote this Psalm and I love how he describes being in the Lord’s presence: he is guarded (v5), unshaken (v8), glad (v9), and safe (v9).

My life’s journey has been to find peace and belonging in the presence of God. For much of my life, I was in a deeply unsafe environment, and following Christ today often means reminding myself of who I am, where I am, and what He has for me (rather than where and who I was in the past). 

That said, often the most comforting thing for me to do is to quiet myself and pray: “Lord, I’m going to purposefully quiet myself for the next ______ [span of time], would you be with me? Show me what you have for me today.” And then, be prepared for all such comforting presence, kind rebuke, or directives for your day!

REFLECT:

  • Can you call to mind a time when sitting in the Lord’s presence brought you life?
  • What would it look like for you to grow while sitting in the Lord’s presence?

PRAY:
Take a deep breath and start to clear out your mind. I find grounding exercises helpful here (e.g., be conscious of what your 5 senses are taking in), but do what works for you. Just get to a place where you feel present, then pray: “Father, be with me. Holy Spirit, convict me, guide me, encourage me. Jesus, I want to listen for your voice.” Take some amount of time and sit in the presence of God.

FAMILY MOMENT:
Now that you are present and grounded, reflect with each other on the experience. What might God be prompting you towards? How can you be faithful to God today?