Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
There is something about a sleeping baby that fills my heart with such joy. As I watch our little one sleeping so peacefully, I am reminded the joy, the happiness, the delight in my heart isn’t just a happy emotion. That kind of joy, that happiness is fleeting. It lasts only for that speck of time. Rocking her to sleep, relishing that moment of joy, I find myself humming “Lord, I Need You” to the sleepy little one snuggled in my arms. Every single need of this precious little one is dependent on someone else to supply. Her honest needings remind me of how much I need to lean into Him, how much I need to depend on my Father . . . not just when I “need” Him, but every moment of every hour of every day.
I need Him in my joys and in my time of need. I need Him when I’m strong and when I feel weak. I need Him moment by moment. He is my one defense, He is my righteousness.
Your awareness of your constant need for Me is your greatest strength. Your neediness, properly handled, is a link to My Presence. However, there are pitfalls that you must be on guard against: self-pity, self-preoccupation, giving up. Your inadequacy presents you with a continual choice—deep dependence on Me, or despair. The emptiness you feel within will be filled either with problems or with My Presence. Make Me central in your consciousness by praying continually: simple, short prayers flowing out of the present moment. Use My Name liberally, to remind you of My Presence. Keep on asking and you will receive, so that your gladness may be full and complete. (from Jesus Calling)
(click to play “Lord, I need You” – Matt Maher)Lord, I come, I confessBowing here I find my restWithout You I fall apartYou’re the One that guides my heartLord, I need You, oh, I need YouEvery hour I need YouMy one defense, my righteousnessOh God, how I need YouWhere sin runs deep Your grace is moreWhere grace is found is where You areAnd where You are, Lord, I am freeHoliness is Christ in meLord, I need You, oh, I need YouEvery hour I need YouMy one defense, my righteousnessOh God, how I need YouTeach my song to rise to YouWhen temptation comes my wayAnd when I cannot stand I’ll fall on YouJesus, You’re my hope and stayLord, I need You, oh, I need YouEvery hour I need YouMy one defense, my righteousnessOh God, how I need YouYou’re my one defense, my righteousnessOh God, how I need YouMy one defense, my righteousnessOh God, how I need You