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What Do You Really Need?

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And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

I heard this prayer this morning from The 24 Hour Book and thought I’d share it with you:

I pray that I may first admit my needs. I pray that then I may have faith that God will meet those needs, in the way which is best for me.

This is a hard post to write because I am just in the midst of figuring this out for myself. Needs. What are they? What are mine? And how can I have self-honesty around them?

What do I mean by that?

For a very long time, I have slotted “NEEDS” into the very basic categories at the lower end of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

I felt I should be totally content with the fact that I have good food to eat, water, shelter, clothing and sleep. Anything above that is a bonus and of course appreciated, but not NEEDED.

And it is true that there are people all over the world who are suffering in dire circumstances not even having clean water to drink or healthy food. So who am I to complain?

But life is not so one-dimensional. There are higher levels of needs that are important to be met and when they’re not we feel unfulfilled and disconnected. This is a flag to take a deeper look.

Self-honesty is the key. It’s taking a step back and saying “What is it that I truly need?” and giving yourself permission to be okay with it.

I tend to minimize my needs and want to be in a perpetual state of gratitude and contentment. This is not realistic or honest. It’s okay to admit when things aren’t as you want them to be and then be willing to change.

Maybe that means verbalizing your needs to a loved one rather than sitting back and assuming they’ll read your mind. Maybe that means clarifying, on paper, what are things you absolutely need in a relationship or career and things you absolutely will not tolerate. That is fine too.

Then compare what you are currently experiencing with what your needs are and determine if they match. If not ask yourself what you can do to get more in alignment.

Know that God will provide all your needs according to His riches. He does not judge your needs. He does not think you are being ungrateful when you express your needs. He does not shake His finger at you when you identify where your needs aren’t being met and tell you that you should be grateful, so many others would love to have your life.

He listens. He sees. He provides. But you first have to know what it is you need. And then be willing to ask and have faith that God hears you.

You’re not selfish to have needs. I’m aiming to hit the top of the pyramid. Come with me!