Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort. Although I talk with God about the “important” things like–understanding His Word, finding His will, solving big problems, climbing big mountains, etc.,–when it comes to my own needs, I tend to try to meet them without asking Him—well–until a crises hits. I tend to think that my basic needs like finances, health, companionship, etc., are needs that I do not NEED to pray about because I’m intelligent enough to figure them out on my own. However, this is diametrically opposed to what Jesus taught us about prayer. The model prayer that Jesus gave us includes us asking for even the most basic of our needs to be fulfilled through prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matt. 6:11) Christ brilliantly summed up ALL of our basic needs by saying we should ask God for our “daily bread.” The reason we pray is not because God doesn’t already know our needs, it is because our heart needs to be humble enough to ask. Wow, I need to read that again! When we allow God to purify our heart, our prayers become one of our most powerful resources for meeting ALL of our needs. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b) This lesson is a HUGE heart-opener for me! It is my pride and independence which have prevented me from asking God to provide my most basic needs. I’ve grasped my need for Him when it comes to complex and huge problems; but I’ve failed to acknowledge my NEED for Him to take care of the basics. I must humble myself and begin to rely FIRST upon Him–before I rely upon my own intellect and power. As I’ve committed my life to glorifying God, I’ve seen God work incredible miracles and solve complex problems, and thus, I’ve overlooked this very basic principle. I have not, because I ask not. God is teaching me to pause and inventory the basic needs which are missing from my life and then commit to humbly asking Him to meet those needs. He is trustworthy in ALL things!