Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
God wants you to thrive so you can lead a positive life in a negative world. But people tend to be creatures of habit. We often gravitate toward what is safe, not necessarily what is good. Or we settle for mediocre rather than pursue what is best.
To flourish in all areas of your life, you have to want to be successful. You must desire more for every area of your life—especially spiritually. And that involves a willingness to obey God’s plan and principles. The Lord will satisfy the heart that is hungry for Him and His will.
A. Making a Life Wheel
Setting objectives is important; if you don’t determine your priorities, other people or circumstances will choose them for you. One way to record goals and evaluate your path is to make a life wheel. Draw a circle on a large piece of paper. At its center, draw a smaller ring and write “God” within it. Then divide the outside circle into four even sections. Label these “Family,” “Social/Recreational,” “Business,” and “Spiritual.”
Next, identify goals for each area of your life. Find photos of your family and friends, or cut out magazine pictures, that represent your goals. For instance, someone who wants to spend more time with his wife and children would include pictures of his family spending time together. Draw a picture if you can’t find an image that fits your goal.
After you complete your wheel, put it in a place where you can refer to it often, such as inside a closet door.
B. Why make a life wheel? It can help in five ways:
1. Visualization: The wheel is based on the goodness of God. Remind yourself always that “the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Ps. 33:5). Ask the Lord to rule over your imagination and to provide a glimpse of His plan for you as well as the blessings He desires to give you.
2. Expectation: The life wheel is based on the promises of our heavenly Father. As you visualize and identify your goals, you are in a better position to ask God specifically for what you truly desire and then to look for His answer or provision.
3. Motivation: Aim to see your life as the Father sees it, and then act on what He guides you to do.
4. Meditation: The wheel centers on submission to the Father. As you meditate on His Word, you learn more about the goodness of God and His plan for your life.
5. Realization: The Lord will faithfully guide you into all truth.
Take a few moments to pray. Ask the Lord to reveal how He wants you to cooperate with Him this week in bringing about His good purposes in your life.
C. Life Evaluation
The wheel provides an opportunity to evaluate your life at a glance. If you have many goals in one area of your life but very few in another, your priorities might be out of balance. (Note: Some areas of your life may have fewer aspirations of greater importance. In a balanced life, it’s the quality of goals that count—not the number).
After you have made your life wheel, answer these questions:
If your wheel is unbalanced, begin by thanking and praising God for His goodness and His many benefits to you. Then ask Him to highlight areas of your life that need adjustment. As you look over your wheel, you are likely to feel drawn to a particular goal. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom about this specific area. As He leads, change priorities and readjust the goals until you feel that your life is on course with God’s agenda.
Conclusion: A life wheel can help you evaluate yourself and develop a greater dependency on the Lord. That’s one reason to construct it as a circle—let it remind you of God’s desire for you to be whole. True prosperity is always rooted in wholeness, growth, and fruitfulness.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, who helps and guides me in becoming all You want me to be. Please reveal to me any areas of my life that are out of balance, and show me the priorities You want me to have. Amen.