Facing a new year can be discouraging, especially if you look back over last year with frustration or regret, and don’t know how to make this year any better. Jesus said in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Following these three steps can help us experience the change we’re looking for.
1. Ask for it
This is where you start. If you’re a believer, you’ve experienced the benefits of asking for Jesus’ help to change. If you’re not, consider giving prayer a try. Whether the change is internal or external, He can help. Be honest about where you are and specific about what you want to change, so you can recognize the answer.
2. Look for it
Unless you’re requesting a miracle, now is not the time to wait on God. Instead, it’s time to go find the answer. Actively searching demonstrates your faith, and that you believe Jesus is already moving on your behalf, preparing the answer for you. It might not be where you expect, so look carefully and persistently.
3. Move for it
Once you’ve located a possible answer, you have to make a move for it. Depending on the action required, you may need to show lots of vulnerability and boldness, but the answer might be on the other side, just one step away!
God’s priority is to make us more like Him, and sometimes what we want gets in the way of that, even though we can’t see it. If the answer doesn’t come, you may need to look elsewhere, wait, or change your request. Getting advice from a spiritual mentor can help give you clarity when you’re not sure what to do.
God wants to do good things in your life this year. Ask, look and move for them!