As I spend time praying and journaling about this challenge, I am thinking about my end goals. What do I hoping to achieve by spending time in prayer each day? If you are joining me on this journey, I encourage you to do the same. I am constantly journaling when I am spending time with God and I believe it’s beneficial. Even if you aren’t into journaling or writing, I challenge you to write down your goals. Life can get crazy and sometimes we forget why we are doing something. Write it down and revisit it every day. Pray about it!
I have a few goals. The first is to simply strengthen my relationship with God. By spending time with Him quietly in prayer, I am inviting Him into my life each and every day. I hear Him better when it’s quiet. I want to continue to draw close to Him.
My second goal is to change my internal dialogue from negative thoughts to consistent conversations with God. When I’m not praying or actively seeking Him in the quiet, I tend to hear the enemy whispering negative things to me. My internal dialogue can be negative as a result of this. How much better would my relationships be if I spent my quiet time just talking to God, praising Him, and asking Him for guidance rather than listening to the lies being whispered in my ear?
Finally, I hope to get guidance from God. I love writing and journaling, and I would love to do write on a bigger platform as a way to encourage other women in their faith. I just don’t know if this God’s will for me. By spending time in prayer and seeking His counsel, I hope that He guides me where He wants me to be…and gives me peace if my plan doesn’t align with His. What He has in store for me by far supersedes any plans I have for myself!
If you are participating in this challenge, I invite you to do so with all your heart. God tells us “you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, ESV). Go all in for this challenge. Set lofty prayer goals. Let God work in your life. He knows your heart, so you can’t hide anything from Him.
Don’t feel like you have to share your goals, but I invite you to share them if you feel comfortable. I will pray alongside you for what you want to achieve. I pray “that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:12, ESV).