Today's reading for the 21-Day Challenge is Matthew 1-14…
Matthew 1:17-18 (NIV), "Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit."
As we begin this 21-Day Challenge and reading through the gospels take some time to really process and think through the words you're reading. Clear your mind of all distractions and focus on the birth of Jesus Christ, how it came to be, and how his ministry began as it is described in Matthew. Take special notice of the words written in red where Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples or the crowds that came to hear him teach. These are our same instructions for living our lives today.
Prayer: Lord, I pray as I read through the gospel of Matthew that your word would come alive like never before. I pray you would give me a supernatural sense of understanding of your word and how to apply it to my life. I pray that you would help me to abide in the word during this 21-Day Challenge and in the days and weeks to follow.