“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.” (Psalm 23:1, MSG)
If our deepest needs for love and impact are not being met in Jesus, we will try to have them met elsewhere. And when we need the very people we are called to love and serve, it’s a recipe for disaster. Only prayer can free us from the need to be needed.
Free me, O God, from the need to impress and achieve and perform. Free me from the need for applause and affirmation and response. Free me to love and serve, rather than to demand and manipulate. Help me to live my life from a place of love, rather than a place of need. I can only do this in you. Amen.