All We Need

Immediately after Jesus fed the five thousand, He dismissed the crowd, gathered His disciples, and found a solitary place to pray. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus prayed alone—and often. As the Son of God, He communed faithfully and intimately with His Father. He left His devoted disciples and the masses of broken people for prayer.

If Jesus, Who is God, humbled Himself and prayed, I should probably do the same.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a “works” kind of girl. I like being busy. I could write a book (a very long book) about the amount of times I’ve neglected rest and prayer in order to spend more time working, serving, or trying to meet others’ needs.

You see, I like to believe that God needs me. I tend to enter a cycle that starts with me saying something like, “I’m too important for a break!”

Then after a week or two, I burn out. I stop caring about all my jobs and roles. What I really want—and so desperately need—is someone else to carry the load. Deep down I know it’s Him, our good Father, Who can replenish my soul . . . but I’m too afraid to talk to Him. What if He’ll be angry with me? I failed again.

Yet, He draws me back—joyfully. I’m expecting a grimace at best, but instead I find I am welcomed into His arms!

God never needs me. I need Him, and He always delivers. His grace never runs out.

Instead of bypassing God and running on my own strength, may I be filled up with the Spirit and overflow with hope so those who do not know Him can see He alone is worthy to be praised.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

Rebekah Bundy has worked as a writer and copy editor and is excited about teaching secondary education this fall. She and her husband are passionate about international missions and discipleship.

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