I’m not a vision board/manifestation board person but I do like to list my goals. There is something about putting it down on paper that solidifies the dream.
I recently made a God-centered Goals List with my concerns and the Scripture as evidence of what God says about that particular topic. Kinda like “God, you said this so I am asking for that in my life.” My law school background formed this idea.
The reason I made this list was in anticipation for a revival conference I would be attending with my family as part of our annual family vacation. My parents have watched this Haitian Pastor, Gregory Toussaint at the Tabernacle of Glory for years and have always wanted to attend this 40 day revival. This pastor has the power of God on Him and he is truly anointed.
During this 40 day revival, there would be time in the service for prayer. Did I say that it would be at least an hour? Cause it was. And you cannot be seated. You have to walk around and declare your prayer requests. You must come boldly.
So for this, I wanted to be prepared. I really thought hard about what my prayer requests. Not that I did not know what to ask for but not to treat God as a genie but as a child humbly asking for guidance in life.
As I have said, my season of life has rocked my world and it feels sometimes that I have no place to go. But I need to look up. So I wrote this 5-page list of prayers and Biblical evidence. I tell you, it was like preparing for battle. It was important not to write my goals but be ready to come BOLDLY with them to God.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.-Proverbs 16:8
One thing to keep in mind: God has the final say in your goals list. You can want a million dollars but only God can give it if that’s His Will for your life.
My advice for writing a God-centered Goals List:
- Be vocal and conversational. God is a personal God. He is your friend and cares. Yes, He knows everything but He still wants to know from your mouth.
- Be honest and real. When you write, think of it as telling the closest friend you have “I need help. I am struggling.” God wants to know how you feel.
- Use Google or Bible Apps for scripture references. I don’t know every scripture in the Bible by heart but God made resources to pinpoint what you want to say.
Here’s an excerpt from my God-centered Goals List:
Attorney Dreams– Lord, I know you did not bring me this far for me to be nothing. Lord, allow me to the attorney you would have me to be. To administer justice for those who cannot speak for themselves. To assist where I can. To discern the law. To honor your law. I know you have the means and ways, the employment, and the doors you will open. Open this opportunity to serve your people.
“Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.-Exodus 23:6-7
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—the Lord detests them both.-Proverbs 17:15
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.-Proverbs 21:3
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.-Proverbs 31:8-9
Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”-Deuteronomy 1:17
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.-Micah 6:8
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.-Ephesians 1:11-12
Remember, this is a personal, intimate conversation with Jesus. There is no perfect way to write this but God will see your heart when you surrender your needs to him. He says in His Word to “Ask and Receive.” Be open to writing it out and praying over them. God hears you.