35 Bible Verses for Setting Goals In Your Life

Pray over these 35 bible verses for setting goals to guide you on the path the Lord has set.

Our generation has developed a strong focus on goal-setting. Whether it be physical, mental, spiritual, financial, social, emotional, or occupational, most of us have a list of goals we would like to accomplish. But what if our seemingly remarkable goals are just a fraction, glimpse, a small portion of what God desires to accomplish in and through us? What if our earthly ambitions hinder the Lord's power in our lives and hold us back from achieving the incredible plans the Lord has destined for us? Here are 35 bible verses for setting goals to pray on.

Goal: the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

35 Bible Verses for Setting Goals

Old Testament

“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”

~ 1 Chronicles 4:10

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

~ 2 Chronicles 15:7

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

~ Psalm 20:4

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

~ Psalm 33:11

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

~ Psalm 37:4

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.

~ Psalm 118:8

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

~ Psalm 127:1

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.

~ Proverbs 15:22

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

~ Proverbs 16:3

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

~ Proverbs 16:9

Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

~ Proverbs 19:21

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance.

~ Proverbs 21:5

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

~ Proverbs 29:18

But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.

~ Isaiah 32:8

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

~ Isaiah 40:31

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

~ Isaiah 43:19

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

~ Isaiah 55:9

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

~ Jeremiah 17:7

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

~ Micah 6:8

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

~ Habakkuk 2:2-3

New Testament

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

~ Matthew 6:19-21

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

~ Matthew 6:33

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

~ Matthew 17:20

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

~ Matthew 19:26

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

~ Matthew 21:22

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

~ John 4:34

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

~ Romans 8:28

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

~ Romans 12:2

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

~ Ephesians 3:20-21

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

~ Philippians 4:13

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 3:13-14

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

~ Hebrews 10:35-36

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

~ Hebrews 12:1-3

You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'

~ James 4:13-15

My prayer is that these 35 bible verses for setting goals will encourage you to rely on God's perfect strength-His omnipotence and magnificent power that is able to accomplish exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! Let's surrender our goals, dreams, and desires to Him and watch in awe as He multiplies, expands, and increases our influence and impact on this generation! Let's let go and let God shine His incredible power through us!

This post currently has 24 comments.

  1. Wadyeh Elvis N
    August 31, 2017

    I have been longing to actually know how I can scan through the bible for scriptures geared towards goals.Today God has responded.It’s a fabulous testimony.I beleive my life will take a more meaningful dimension from today.

    God richly bless you

    • Dr. Z
      September 4, 2017

      Amen! 🙂

  2. Ben
    August 25, 2017

    For an entrepreneur with big, bold, audacious dreams, which scripture would you recommend that he meditates on as he goes about trusting God and working towards the fulfillment of those aspirations?

    There’s a lot here, deciding on one is hard. Of course, that would not make me stop reading the bible.

  3. Tyler
    July 10, 2017

    I have been searching for inforation on God’s will on going after your dreams and honestly I’m really confused.
    people say it’s wrong and a sin if you try to go after your dreams they say it’s just thee American dream and societies way of brain washing us teens. But then I have found were other people have gave b I blew versus that say it’s Ok. I want to do gods will no matter what but then if it’s wrong to go after your dreams why did he give us dreams and desires to do things??

    • Dr. Z
      July 19, 2017

      A sin to chase after your dreams?!? Those people have never read the Bible!

      Delight yourself in the Lord, and HE will give YOU the desires (and dreams) of your heart! Ps 37:4

  4. Tullea
    January 2, 2017

    I am thankful for you and Sabrina. I am a women of faith and have been searching to discover how to eat right and take care of the Lords temple. I believe God led me to you. Matthew 7:7.

    Thank you for listening to the calling on your lives. You are a servant to many and therefore great in God’s kingdom. Matthew 23:11

    • Dr. Z
      January 2, 2017

      Amen! I believe it as well! We’ve been praying for folks like you (who are hungry for this information) to be draw to our ministry.

      Shalom! <3

  5. Deborah
    January 1, 2017

    Thanks for sharing Dr Z. God’s word can heal all manner of diseases..

    • Dr. Z
      January 2, 2017


  6. jenny
    July 10, 2016

    Thank you. I’ve just had a wake-up call. Melanoma and 2 operations to remove, but the last one was successful. Weeks of recovering and time on my hands to realise where I was going wrong. Organising clutter to sell or keep. Most of it can be donated to the needy. Money is useless if you don’t have your health. I’ll ask God where to direct these unwanted things.

    • Dr. Z
      July 11, 2016

      Wow, thanks for sharing! Wishing you all the best and praying for COMPLETE healing!

  7. Richard
    July 10, 2016

    Man does not live by bread alone, but by every
    word that proceeds from the mouth of God !!!

    • Dr. Z
      July 11, 2016


  8. Barbara Almquist
    July 3, 2016

    Thank you for posting these encouraging verses. As I struggle with my physical challenges of healing these verses remind me where my focus needs to be and what God can work in my life. To God be all glory, honor and praise.

    • Dr. Z
      July 3, 2016

      Amen, love to hear that you can sense God working in your life! He’s always there, it’s just that sometimes we can’t see or hear, you know? 🙂

  9. Irene
    July 3, 2016

    Thank you so very much.

    • Dr. Z
      July 3, 2016

      You’re welcome!

  10. Karen
    July 3, 2016

    Thank you. I needed to be reminded to trust in Him and not my own abilities. It’s about to get interesting.

    • Dr. Z
      July 3, 2016

      Hallelujah! 🙂

  11. RRRRRRochelle
    July 3, 2016

    Thank you so much for these beautiful and inspiring verses. Love and Peace for you and your Family.

    • Dr. Z
      July 3, 2016

      You’re so very welcome! Abundant blessings on you and yours! 🙂

  12. Heather
    July 3, 2016

    Thank you. My soul needed that.

    • Dr. Z
      July 3, 2016

      Amen, well said. We all need these! 🙂


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