Setting Goals Could Block The Answer To Your Prayers?

Let’s be honest. All of us have things we’d like to achieve in life. At times, we cover it up in an attempt to somehow ‘sound’ more godly. “Not my will, but Yours be done” is the essence of how we like to sound. But check this. Whether in the working world, business or even vocational ministry (pastoring etc), none of us set out to fail. We don’t want our efforts to be wasted. We all aspire for the work that we do to create an impact and produce results.

We can trace this back to God’s instruction back in the garden of Eden. He told us (not advised) to be “fruitful” (see Genesis 1:28). This goes way beyond just increasing the human population.

In short, being “fruitful” involves producing results that weren’t visible to begin with. Because of this, we have to see beyond the present. We have to see the fruit we’re expecting in our minds before we can see it in the physical. This is exactly what “faith” is about: having a confident expectation despite it not being physically visible yet (see Hebrews 11:1 CJB).

‘Goal-setting’ is an act of faith, and a sign of our expectations. But goal-setting alone won’t bring our expectations to pass. It’s important that we support our goals with some sort of plan of actions (see James 2:14-18). It’s also important that we take these intended actions and commit them to God through prayer (see Proverbs 16:3).

As 2018 closes up, now’s a great time to start reviewing, reflecting and planning. For the goals we hit in the last year, let’s celebrate and thank God. For those we didn’t, here are a few reflective questions:

  1. Did I take the actions necessary to achieve my goals?

  2. How can I adjust to make the next year better than the last?

  3. Are my goals aligned with God’s heart, or could there be ungodly motives beneath?

Missing the mark with our goals doesn’t have to be final. Everyday presents another chance for us to do better.

Practical Tips:

1. Keeping a life journal is great for writing your goals initially, and regularly recording your progress.

2. Buddy up with people who have achieved the goals you're going for. Tell them about your goals and your action plan, and ask them to hold you accountable. It'll make a huge difference for the difficult days when you feel like quitting.

3. Search for scriptures that are relevant to your goals. When you're confident that God is 100% behind the goals you're going for, it gives you the drive to keep going since your goals are aligned with His heart.​

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