Good news, it is ok to set goals because God does and acts proactively and He wants us to do the same
“…but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake” (1 Peter 1:19-20). God anticipated man’s fall, planned for it and acted even before time.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” ( Jerimiah 27:11 NIV). See that? God plans! In his own words…
And he wants us to do the same “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” (Luke 14:28 NIV)
Setting Spiritual Goals as a Christian
Spirituality. Quite an ambiguous word in addition to being grossly misunderstood by thousands of Christian. In my own definition Spiritual is anything that originates from a sprit. Notice the use of the small letter “s”. There are many Spirits, God is the greatest of them all. For a Christian, our goals and actions should spring from the Holy Spirit or it has no profit. Jesus said this; “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing” (John 6:63 NLT). Every goal we set in other words especially weighty ones should not come from mere flesh desires but should be inspired by the Holy Ghost; this is proof that we are God’s children “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” ( Romans 8:14). This goes beyond just setting the goals but working with the Holy Spirit all the way to their accomplishments.
Spiritual activities and setting goals. Most people embark on “spiritual activities” leaving the details to “the leading of the spirit”. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes, the Holy Spirit wants you to depend entirely on him when undertaking a task, at such times, he really leads you but at other times when we desire to go before God, we should really have goals, expectations and plans for the exercise.
Prayer. A lot of Christians just pray but prayer can be a lot more exciting. There are several kinds of prayers (Ephesians 6:18) and several time during the day that prayer can be undertaken (Daniel 6:10). Prayer adventures can last from minutes to days, they could come alone or with fasting. We need to set prayer goals when we go on prayer adventures and plan our activities too. Usually the goal is the expectation; “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” ( Ephesians 3:20). God is surely able but you have got to get your expectations right first.
There are many other spiritual activities like fasting, faith confessions, midnight prayers, and retreats among others, make sure you have expectations, and set goal accordingly.