SP Premium
750,000-999,999 SparkPoints 974,285

Pray About Your Goals for 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

It can be hard to stay focused on your dreams; that’s where prayer comes in.

I am a goal-oriented person. At the beginning of each year I think about what I want to accomplish. Once I have established an objective, I try to visualize what it would look like. This is the best way to keep myself motivated and striving to reach a desired end. If I cannot see it, I might allow the difficulties of day-to-day tasks to overshadow my dreams.

Vision is so very important because it keeps me focused on the future. I can remember as a child hearing people constantly ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would always answer a teacher, lawyer or doctor without really knowing what that meant.

As I grew older, I realized that I was answering in a way that was expected. It wasn’t that I could really see myself in those positions; I just thought those were the things that brought happiness. I later learned that I could not stay motivated for a future that I didn’t believe to be achievable. I cannot live on the dreams of others.

Proverbs 29:18 helps us grasp the importance of vision. It says that without vision the people perish. Jesus was a visionary. He was able to paint a picture of what could happen when people united. Everywhere he went, he inspired the imaginations of people such that they went without food to hear him tell about a God who loved them personally. Jesus once explained a phenomenon called the “Kingdom of God” and said it was like a mustard seed growing so big that it shelters birds in its branches.

What Jesus envisioned was so valuable that he encouraged children to come to it, the poor in spirit to seek it and the rich to be willing to let go of everything they owned to enter into it. What an ability he had to create a vision that could motivate others to join.

Though it may be challenging to stay focused on visionary living, it can be done through visionary praying. My prayer point is to ask God to show us a picture of what we can accomplish with his help. To recognize all that he has accomplished on our behalf. Ask God to help us set goals and persevere toward reaching them. Ask God to help us stay focused and keep a mental picture of our future. Rejoice when we reach an important milestone.

God bless you!

By Peola C. Hicks

Reverend Dr. Peola C. Hicks is the manager of OurPrayer and author of the monthly letter for the Prayer Power Club.

I don't know if any of you are struggling with reaching your goal but I know that I have been. Maybe it is because I haven't been praying and asking for the help I need to focus and stay focused on that goal. I wanted to share this with all of you because I want all of us to succeed. Not only am I praying for my success but for all of you too. Together we can do this.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Act_16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
    Paul saw one man, not a multitude, and this was enough to cause him to go to Macedonia. Acts16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

    I am listening to videos everyday about getting fit and the coach says the same thing about having a vision of what we will look like fit and healthy. Great blog, Pat!

    2609 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Putting this into action for our morning devotion
    2609 days ago
    Pat you are so right. Thank you.
    2610 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10764669
    Thanks Pat .... Sometimes we forget both the importance of prayer and it's power!
    2610 days ago
    This blog truly puts it in the proper perspective...shedding new light on what we really do need to do...for in our weakness He is strength!
    Yes, emoticon and I emoticon for you too!
    All knowledge is helpful and keeps us motivated.
    emoticon for putting this out there...good daily reading!
    2610 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Words of wisdom from you, Pat. As always:)
    Take care
    2611 days ago
    What a great blog. This really speaks to me today. Thanks for posting it.

    Chris emoticon
    2612 days ago
    I pray for you and your DH. I know that it is helping.
    2613 days ago
    I pray daily for me and everyone I love!!!! emoticon
    2613 days ago
    Praying certainly can't hurt so why not? It is worth a try. Thanks for sharing!
    2613 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.