The new year always starts with people making resolutions and goals. My year started with being sick. This is not how I planned my year to start, but I am feeling better now. Finally, I can make plans for 2018. This year I am asking God what he wants my goals to be. When we allow God to help us make our goals we are more successful in keeping our goals. In Proverbs 16:3 it says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. If we allow God to guide and leads us our plans will be successful.
To start off my new year I am doing a 40-day prayer challenge with other Christians who are on fire for the Lord. The prayer group meets every day at 6:30 a.m. to pray and talk about the daily prayer challenge from the book, “The 40 Day Prayer Challenge” by Mark Batterson. The prayer challenge has been a blessing in disguise.
When I first started doing this challenge I thought, how am I going to have time to do this and get to work on time. You know how we are when we start something new; we can think of all the reasons not to do it. I have found that doing this prayer challenge has motivated me to get up a little earlier and because of this I have gotten to work early. The prayer challenge has been awesome, I have gotten a different view of prayer. I have learned it is ok to ask God for the impossible, because the impossible is possible with God. His word tells us to ask and we shall receive, seek and we shall find, knock and the door will open (Matthew 7:7). We need to just put our faith and trust in God. Now is the time to start asking and believing God for the impossible.
God wants us to have crazy faith and know without a shadow of doubt that he can do all things. There is nothing too hard for our God. We all have testimonies about the greatness of God. How he saved us from our sins, healed us, provided for us, loves us and the list goes on and on.
This year we need to trust God with our plans and goals. God’s word tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. He already knows what we need to reach our goals. He wants the best for us and he wants us to succeed. He already knows our past, present and future. This year let go and let God make a way for you.