Concerning the term “GoalPray”…let’s take it a step further and make it an action. “Goalpraying”.
You make a list of hopes, prayers, goals. This list is constantly changing. (One of my favorite sayings is “whoever invented the eraser, had the human race pretty well sized up”. I guess that would be the “backspace” and “delete” keys now)
Let’s take an example of a few entries on the list (with fictional names):
Under the “Others” category
Terry: Confidence and purpose.
Now this is a bit vague but it is at least on there. Let’s take the GoalPray method and flesh it out a bit.
Terry: Confidence for when she is dealing with her daughter and understanding the weight of her actions. Purpose in life so that she can feel more dedicated to her work.
That is better. Does Terry have other needs in her life? Sure, but these are what has been brought to your attention. Why? God is pretty good at this. Some people would call this burdened. To me, that word is too religious and overused. I prefer “selected” or “purposed”. This issue has been selected or purposed for you to focus on.
Under the “Thankful” heading
Now some of you are possibly saying “Why should I be thankful for that? It’s a hellhole!”
Understood. Duly noted. It’s a hellhole. Do you feel better now?
This list is not to make you feel better. It is GoalPraying. We want to get things accomplished. So let’s take that entry and expand it.
My job: Thankful for the ability to work and the skills I have been given to work. Thankful for the money that I make from it. Thankful for my co-workers (no matter if you like them or not) and the experiences that I will gain by working with them.
There is an entry that means so much more than “My job”.
Under the “Myself” column
What about it? Let’s write it out
My health that I will have adequate strength and be able to perform the duties that I have the responsibility to do. That I will be able to resist the fiery arrows of the enemy that come in the form of pizza and Coke to tempt me. That I will understand that fruits and vegetables are my friends. (Okay, enough of that)
Is that much better?
What have I done in the last few lines? Have I just written out a bunch of words to fill a page or have I cemented a purpose in my life?
What is it that is important to you? Is it important enough to write it down and GoalPray on it to make it happen?
Phillipians 4:6 says to not worry about things but in all circumstances, in the form of prayer and definite requests, while giving thanks, make your requests known to God.
Part 3 is developing…