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2024 Goals for Spiritual Growth

2024 Goals for Spiritual Growth

As you make your New Year’s resolutions, we encourage you to consider what you want your relationship with the Lord to look like in 2024. A few small steps can have a big impact on your development as a disciple of Christ. Here are five simple goals to help you prioritize your walk with God in the new year.

1. Start a Bible Reading Plan

One of the best ways to grow closer to God is through His Word, so why not commit to reading the Bible in its entirety this year? On average, it takes 65-75 hours to read the Bible, which breaks down to less than 15 minutes a day. Most of us spend significantly more time than that on social media, so with a little intentionality, you will be well on your way to accomplishing this goal. Whether you use a One Year Bible or follow a free online plan, you will gain a greater understanding of God’s character and his plan for your life as you immerse yourself in Scripture. If you find yourself falling behind schedule, try listening to the Bible app while you are on the go.

2. Memorize Scripture

Reading the Bible is one thing, but when was the last time you memorized a verse or two? You may feel like your brain has already reached its maximum capacity, but according to research by a Northwestern University professor, your memory has about a million gigabytes of storage. That means you have the potential to memorize large portions of the Bible, and the more you memorize, the more it will transform you. Start small and add verses incrementally. Reciting scripture out loud or writing it down will improve your ability to retain it. The Topical Memory System (TMS) is a great resource if you need help getting started.

3. Keep a Prayer Journal

Writing down your prayers can serve as a powerful reminder of the Lord’s grace and mercy in your life. A simple notebook is all you need to start recording your petitions and praise reports. If you are easily distracted during prayer, following a written list should help you stay focused. As the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart, write down what you hear Him saying. Be sure to include dates when prayers are answered so you can look back and reflect on God’s timing and be encouraged by His faithfulness.

4. Try Fasting

If there’s one discipline most Christians tend to avoid, it’s fasting. Depriving oneself of food goes against our most basic human instincts, yet Jesus expected His followers to make this sacrifice. (In Matthew 6:16 He says, “When you fast” — not “If you fast.”) Fasting is one way we express our hunger for God and demonstrate our dependence on Him. It is also a tool for achieving spiritual breakthrough in areas where the enemy has a stronghold. If you are new to fasting, it is best to start small by giving up a single meal. You can work up to a full day, and then multiple days or even weeks at a time. The Daniel Fast is an alternative that allows fruits, vegetables and whole grains only. If you have a health condition that prohibits you from fasting, you may choose to give up something other than food. However the Lord leads, commit to seeking him wholeheartedly.

5. Join a Community Group

If you want to experience a shift in your walk with the Lord, you won’t be able to do it alone. God designed us for community, and we need the support of other believers in order to grow on our faith journey. Whether you join a Bible study, a fellowship group or meet one-on-one with a mentor, don’t neglect the importance of accountability and discipleship.


If you live in the Franklin, NC area, we would love for you to join our community of Christ-followers as we grow in faith together. Contact us to find out how you can get plugged in!