I woke up at 3:33am this morning and found myself pouring into the research of our basic human needs. And then this happened…
(Heads up: It starts with research language
but then it turns into a prayer strategy.)
What We Need and How to Become Fulfilled
Psychologist Abraham Maslow
Study of Human Motivation:
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a study by Abraham Maslow to understand what motivates people. It is believed that people possess a set of motivation systems unrelated to rewards or unconscious desires.
“A person is always becoming and never static”
Human Motivation is defined as people who seek fulfilment, change through personal growth, discovery that is present in life. Humans are always finding a meaning to life that is important to them.
Maslow formulated a more positive account of human behaviour, focusing on what goes right.
Refers to the person’s desire for self fulfilment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what his potential is. It is realizing one’s potential, self-fulfilment, personal growth and peak experiences.
It is a continual process of becoming, rather than a perfect state one reaches of a “happy ever after”
Although everybody is able to be self actualized, most of us will not.
Only 2% of the people usually reach this state.
“It’s a matter of degree. There are no perfect beings” -Maslow, 1970a. P176
Self Actualization is measured with peak experiences.
A person experiences the world for what it is, with feelings of euphoria, joy and wonder.
These vary greatly from person to person.
How to become “Self Actualized”: (Take a look at this… This is much of what God invites us to too!)
1. Experience life like a child (full absorption and concentration on things you do) (Matthew 18:3; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:17)
2. Try new things instead of safe paths (Jesus makes all things new and He is our safe place)
3. Listen to your own feelings, in evaluating experiences (and not the voice of tradition and authority) (I would adjust this to: listen to your emotions, but take them to discern with Holy Spirit and do not merely follow tradition and rules.)
4. Be honest and avoid any façade (The truth sets us free. If you’re not free, it’s not the truth.)
5. Be prepared to be unpopular if views do not coincide with majority (Think of Noah.)
6. Responsibility and hard work (Colossians 3:23)
7. Identify your defenses and have courage to give them up (Prov 3:5,6)
So, What? What is the Next Step?
How do we apply this information and take it to God?
Jesus, said to ask Him for whatever we need and it will be given…
Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
Therefore, we are invited to pray as Jesus taught. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Read and reflect on Matthew 6:9-34)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
I Invite you to Pray:
Lord, thank you for these promises. Your Word says: (pick 1 or more to pray back to Him).
Lord, my heart and life is lacking… (name the need). I ask you to supply what I need.
(Or you could ask the Lord to help you name what it is that you need – to go deeper.)
In Jesus name, I rebuke the enemy from getting in the way. (Resist the enemy and he will flee.)
Father God, I ask you to release your angels to gather in what I need. (Angels are assigned to minister to us.)
Thank you! Amen.
I bless you with more of Holy Spirit
to walk forward in ALL God has for you!
Provided by: Merri Ellen Giesbrecht / www.merriellen.com
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