Do you want to move forward with your destiny in God this year? Are you tired of being stuck or stagnant in a place of no progress? If so, pray the acronym “PROPEL” over your destiny today and every day, and see how God answers your prayers!
What does “PROPEL” stand for? Read on to find out!
P is for PURPOSE.
God has a purpose for your life. Your life is not an accident; God planned your birth. He planned your existence, and He wrote down the story of everything that would happen to you, for every day of your life, before you were ever born.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV).
Also, Psalm 139:13-18 says this:
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You” (Psalm 139:13-18 NKJV, emphasis mine).
So when you pray about your purpose, you should pray that all the great things Father God has planned for your life would come to manifestation.
You can pray a very simple prayer like this:
“Father God, in Jesus’ name, thank You for having a plan for my life.
You wrote a book about my life before I was even born, and You have wonderful things in store for me. Please, Father, let everything You have planned happen. Don’t let me get off track to the right or to the left. I desire to be in the center of Your perfect will. Please let all Your purposes be fulfilled in my life.
And as You move me forward, Father I remind You that promotion comes only from You (Psalm 75). Therefore, please promote me when it is Your time. I do pray for promotion as soon as possible, but I trust Your timing. And until it is the right time, please help me prepare for the promotion You have for me.
Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen and amen.”
R is for REVELATION.
If you desire to move forward in life, you need revelation about what to do and when to do it:
- You have to know God’s strategies.
- You will have to understand what is happening behind the scenes in every situation in your life.
- You also need great discernment and the ability to test all things against the Word of God, holding fast only to those things that match God’s Word.
You–and each of us all–need revelation. And “revelation” is when God speaks His Word, His secrets, and His wisdom to us so deeply that it brings instant change and even transformation.
As it says in the Scriptures:
“The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130 NKJV).
“Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133).
“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light” (Psalm 36:7-9 NKJV).
When God sears His Word into our hearts, the entrance of His Word brings revelation. And revelation changes everything.
Pray something like this when you ask God for revelation:
“Dear Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, I thank You that You are the Giver and Source of all true wisdom. Father, I ask today in the mighty name of Your Holy Son Jesus that You would give me revelation. Give me wisdom. Help me to know what to do and when to do it. Show me Your divine secrets and strategies, and help me to obey You in all things. Help me to carry out the plans and ideas that You show me.
Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
O is for ORDAINED.
Your life was divinely ordained. God took one of your biological father’s millions of sperm and connected it with your mother’s egg at precisely the right time, and He threw your spirit into the womb of your mother and birthed you on the earth. You are not a misfit.
Even if the circumstances of your birth were less than ideal, or even if the family environment into which you were born was less than ideal, God still worked it for good by using those circumstances to provide you to the earth. God’s plan was YOU, and you continue to be His dream. He divinely ordained all of the things He had for you to do, all the days of your life–and He completed those works for you beforehand.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that all God’s works were already prepared for you:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV).
Also, Hebrews 4:1-4 says those works were actually finished before the foundation of the world:
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: ‘So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”although the works were finished from the foundation of the world” (Hebrews 4:1-4 NKJV).
My friend, this should give you comfort. It means you can rest in God and still reach your destiny.
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You don’t have to strive and drive to reach your destiny. You’re going to have to work, yes; but rest and work are not mutually exclusive.
Spiritually speaking, rest means abiding in Jesus and doing only those things that He leads you to do from moment to moment. Resting can happen when you live in the instant with Him, and you won’t have to strive or drive to receive everything God has for you.
God has things for you to do that He already finished, before the foundation of the world.
He also has land and territory that He has assigned to you–land and territory for you to take for the Kingdom and steward for His glory.
You have an inheritance in Christ, and your inheritance is not like anyone else’s inheritance. The Bible says that “of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end” (Isaiah 9:7). And as His government is increasing over the nations, He needs more and more stewards to care for the territory He takes for Himself.
Remember that the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ.
As we read in Revelation 11:15:
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!'” (Revelation 11:15 NKJV).
That means God needs all His middle managers on deck.
You are one of His middle managers. He is taking the kingdoms of this world for Himself, so that He would get all the glory. But His plan is for you and me to steward the land on His behalf.
As it says in Psalm 37:29:
“The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever” (Psalm 37:29 NKJV).
Do you want the land the Lord has for you?
If so, pray this:
“Father God, in Jesus’ name, thank You for allowing me to be a steward on the earth of what belongs to You. Please bring me into the land and territory that You have divinely ordained for me. As You do, please help me always to remember that everything belongs to You; nothing is my own. And please help me to be an excellent steward of all the blessings, the land, and the territory which You wrote about in Your book before the foundation of the world.
Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
P is for PEOPLE.
In order to receive the fulfillment and destiny God has for you, you will need to be in close, covenant relationship with other people. You need to be in community–in the fellowship of other believers (preferably believing believers!), where you can warm their hearts and they can warm yours.
Beloved, you need to do life with people who share the same heart and passion as you. And you need godly friends who will pray for you, and for whom you also pray.
The godly, Biblical Christian walk is a relational one.
We are not to use people; we are to serve people. We are not to merely observe or greet other people on Sunday morning; we are to share our hearts and lives with other people.
We are to be one in Jesus Christ, and oneness is impossible without relationships.
We see these close, tight-knit, covenant relationships in the Bible over and over. One of my favorite passages that describes a close, brotherly relationship is found in 1 Samuel 18:1, which talks about David and Jonathan:
“Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
Beloved, you need good, godly, covenant friends. You need your posse, your prophets, and a prayer partner.
Read what Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says about friendship:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NKJV).
Romans 12:18 says:
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18 NKJV).
And remember Proverbs 18:1, which cautions us severely against trying to do life alone:
“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment” (Proverbs 18:1 NKJV).
There are lots of ways to do community. But I will caution you:
Attending church does not mean you’re in community. It can certainly help, but attending church is not a guarantee that you will find close, covenant friends there. You have to take the responsibility to find your own community, even if it’s outside the church walls.
Once upon a time, my family and I had to leave a church because there was no community there for us.
We hated to do it; it was a wonderful church in many ways. But, we just were not able to connect with a tribe of people with whom to share our lives.
So, we took responsibility and took the steps we needed to take in order to find that tribe. And even though we were sad to need to make such a change, it was a healthy decision for us to make.
While we were in the process of making that change, we began reconnecting with old friends from a very long time ago on purpose. We began hosting dinners with old friends. Those dinners became prayer meetings and worship services too! We did what we could, and honestly I felt like those micro-gatherings were the holiest things we had done in a long time.
Because the Kingdom is relational.
The Bible is relational, and God is a relational God. Jesus came to earth and sought out relationships. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. As we read in the wonderful story of Zacchaeus:
“Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:1-10 NKJV).
O beloved. God’s Kingdom is a relational Kingdom.
Jesus did not come to implement His vision; He came to seek, save, and teach people. He reached Zacchaeus by having dinner with him. Jesus talked to Zacchaeus; sought him out; and made him feel important. He didn’t just preach at him, and He didn’t try to recruit him to serve His vision.
I don’t know when we allowed “vision” to become more important than people in the Kingdom, but it’s wrong. God’s vision IS people; and if vision gets in the way of serving people, doing life with people, loving people, comforting people, encouraging people, and pouring into people, then it’s no longer God’s vision.
God’s plan is for you to share your life with other people, and for them to share their lives with you.
This is called “community,” and you can’t be healthy without it.
So if you are praying over your destiny today, pray this:
“Dear Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, thank You for being a relational God. Father, I ask You to bring me into contact with the people with whom You want me to be in relationship. Help me to be a friend to them, for a man who has friends must show himself friendly. Align me with the right people with whom I can share my life, Lord, and deliver me from the wrong people.
Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
E is for ENGAGED.
There is a time and a season for everything, but I can’t tell you how many people I have met who have gone decades and never have made time for their calling in God.
Please don’t stop reading; I’m not saying that to guilt-trip anyone.
If you’ve had your calling in your sights and are working toward that, even if it means spending a few years developing your character, healing your marriage, building a prayer life, forming strong Bible study habits, or prioritizing your family over ministry (as you always should anyway), that’s fine. That’s Biblical.
But if God has called you to do something, and you’ve ignored Him completely …
Or if you’ve given Him lip-service, but never bothered to really do much of anything to actually obey Him …
If you’ve never bothered to engage in your call and work toward it in any way …
Then I pray the Lord would convict you today.
One of the most freeing revelations I ever received from the Lord is that God called me to do something, and He didn’t call me to wait until someone else gets a witness.
I don’t know who that was for, but that’s just free. 🙂
And in case it helps you:
- He also didn’t call me to wait until “the time is right”; our human, fleshly perceptions may never think the time is right.
- He didn’t call me to wait until I had time; we all have the same amount of time and how we steward it is up to us.
- And He certainly didn’t call me to wait until I had enough money; He generally provides money after we step out in faith, not before.
Sometimes we have to say no to bad things and even good things in order to say yes to the best things.
I don’t know what is standing between you and your calling in God right now. Maybe nothing is; maybe you’re operating in your calling fully already. If so, that’s grand! I’m super-proud of you.
But if you are not yet fully engaged in your calling …
Then I beg you today, for the sake of Jesus, root out the time-wasters in your life.
Screen time, binging Facebook reels, TV watching, unneeded retail therapy, unhealthy habits, and more can all kill the time that God gave you with which to fulfill His calling.
Then, make a plan to dedicate that time to the most important things in life, namely:
- One-on-one time with God in prayer and the Word FIRST every day.
- Your spouse, marriage, and health SECOND. (I put these on the same line because if you don’t take care of your health, you won’t live long enough to have a good marriage. But, they are also on the same line because you could say “I never see my spouse because I’m at the gym all the time,” which would also be ungodly. There’s a healthy balance in all things.)
- Your children THIRD. (Don’t let your hackles rise because I put your children after your spouse. I know parenting feels like putting out constant fires, and your children demand your constant attention. But putting them before your 1×1 time with God, before your health, and before your marriage will wreck your life, health, marriage, and family.)
- Your job. The person who won’t provide for his or her family is worse than an unbeliever, the Bible says.
- Your calling and church attendance.
- Church work.
Yes, you read that right. If your calling is outside the church walls, then your calling comes before church work.
You still need to fellowship with a community of believers. And you still need to serve your fellow man. But, your calling is something that only you can do. In a church, opportunities to serve abound in every direction, and anybody can fill those places.
I know this isn’t popular among the religious legalism crowd.
A church can always put you to work. They can and will often work you 24/7 if you let them. But, IF you are called to do something for God outside the walls of the church, and IF if you prioritize church work over your calling when you are called outside the church, you will have to be very careful because volunteering (or even getting paid) can take all your time and suck you dry emotionally.
And I don’t want that for you. God doesn’t want that for you.
The reality is that plenty of people are called to minister inside the walls of the church, and they have no aspirations other than that.
That’s fine and well and good and awesome. But God has called some people to the nations. If you’re one of those, YES you should still serve your church in some way. But don’t confuse the two things.
Your call to the nations, if not embraced by the local church, still stands. And if you allow all your time to go to serving someone else’s cause and vision, you will never be able to obey God. You will never do what HE has told YOU to do.
I know this isn’t what is usually preached from the pulpits of many churches. But it’s true, just the same.
You have to be fully engaged in God’s call in order to walk in your destiny. Don’t get your priorities out of order; put the first things God has called you to (seeking Him first, spouse, health, children, etc.) first. But make sure your calling also has an appropriate place in your life.
Be engaged and actively pursuing what God has called you to do.
Pray this with me:
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for calling me. Thank You for Your promise of wisdom. Thank You for promising me that You will help me do mighty things in Your Kingdom.
I need Your help, Lord. Please help me to be fully engaged in Your plan for my life. Give me abundant wisdom today and every day. Lead me and guide me. Order my steps in Your Word. Help me to say “yes” to the best things and “no” to every distraction from those best things, Lord.
Father, I desire to obey You. I plead the blood of Jesus over my priorities and over the use of my time.
Please help me to steward my time and efforts the way You want me to. Let Your perfect and complete will for my life come forth, for the blood of Jesus bought and paid for Your perfect will for me. Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
And finally …
L is for LOVE.
Love starts at home; and I mean that not only literally, but also in the home of your heart.
You cannot love people unless you love yourself first. And you cannot love yourself until and unless you first receive God’s perfect love for you.
Only when you get filled up with God’s perfect love for you–allowing it to soak into every nook and cranny of your life, every striation and crevice of your heart, body, soul, and spirit–can you truly even love Him back.
So the journey to your destiny truly begins with love.
If you don’t love yourself, God, and others with the perfect love God bestows on you, you won’t help people; you’ll hurt people.
People who haven’t internalized God’s perfect love for them don’t love themselves either. Without internalizing God’s love for them, they are forever insecure.
Also, insecure people wound other people. They (perhaps without meaning to, but they still make choices) marginalize others, control others or try to, bully others, intimidate others, etc.–all in an effort to fill the sad, sad void within themselves.
So beloved, I urge you today: Receive God’s wild, wonderful, enduring love for you.
Think and ponder and meditate on the vastness of this love:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
And this love is further described in Romans 5:6-8:
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8).
Learn God’s love. Chew on it in your mind, soul, heart, and spirit like a cow chews its cud. (That is actually the Scriptural definition of “meditating”!) Let God’s love heal your heart and spirit from:
- Father wounds
- Mother wounds
- Friend wounds
- Rejection and abandonment
- Fear (which is a symptom of father wounds)
- The need to control
- And all the other awful things that can sabotage your life!
Dear friend, God loves you.
And He wants you to receive His love deep in your heart, at the gut level. He wants you to let His love soak into every fiber of your being. He wants you to love Him back with the same love that He gives you; to love yourself in a healthy way with His same love; and then to love others with that very same love.
Only from this place of 360-degree, consuming, satisfying, fulfilling LOVE can you truly walk in the calling and destiny God has for you.
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Pray this with me:
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love.
Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die for us, for “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for His friends” (John 15:13). Thank You for watching over me and caring about me in every way, every day of my life; for this is what Your love compels You to do.
Father God, please make me perfect in Your love right now.
Heal my heart completely. Let Your love cast all fear out of my life. Please help me to receive Your love for me; to love You back with the same love with which You love me; to love myself in a godly way, the way You want me to and with Your same love; and to love all others around me with Your true, unending love.
And Father, please help me to forgive all who have hurt me, so that Your love can soak through and heal every place where I’ve been wounded. Help me to partner with You and give the attention to Your love which Your love deserves. Help me to meditate on Your love for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and help me to walk in love the way You desire me to.
Father God, I love You. Please help me to abide in Your love.
Thank You for loving me. Thank You for changing me from glory to glory, faith to faith, and strength to strength. I give You all the praise.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
Beloved, God has tremendous plans for your life.
He has a hope and a destiny for you. He has wonderful things in store for you. He has blessing upon blessing, favor upon favor, influence, relationships, wealth, and emotional well-being for you. All of those things can be easily accessed if you seek Him first in your life.
As it says in Matthew 6:33:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).
And part of seeking Him is praying.
Beloved, pray about everything. Pray without stopping. Pray throughout your day and night. Let every thought you ever think be directed toward God.
And every time you think about your destiny, pray PROPEL.
This acronym will help you remember to pray through some of the most important things in your life. In no particular order (but just in the order of this fun word), they are:
- Engagement in your divine calling
Did you pray PROPEL over your destiny today? Did these words of encouragement bless your heart and spirit today? If so, leave a comment below!