Yesterday, after learning that God wants me to humbly ask Him to meet even my most basic needs, I went out on the back deck and talked with Him. It was a conversation I’ll never forget and an experience I want to often repeat. As a Christian, I’d never learned to humble my heart and commune with God like a small, helpless child would with a father. I can’t believe I’ve missed this extraordinary experience for most of my Christian life! When we passionately seek to KNOW Him, we find that God is more real than the sunlight; He is more necessary than our next breath; He is more powerful than a hurricane; and–He loves us more tenderly than our own mother! As God is teaching me that praying is an exercise in humility; prayer is becoming an experience I NEVER imagined. Jesus taught us to pray: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matt. 6:9-13) Ah, the profound wisdom of this prayer! In the stunning beauty of Creation, I began acknowledging God’s greatness and it naturally led me to thank Him for the undeserved goodness which He has faithfully given me. In recounting the many forms of His goodness, I was overwhelmed with my need to confess the pride of my own ways and the petulant impropriety of my unthankful heart. Tears poured down my cheeks as my heart was held closely by The Creator. My lips began to deliver the praises of my grateful heart to my Holy and deserving Father. My heart was overwhelmed with a desire for His will above all else. Even my requests for Him to meet my basic needs was with an acknowledgement of my undeserving merit of His grace to supply them. There, on my back deck-as He was teaching me to pray–God filled me with unspeakable joy! God’s magnificent presence is the most awesome benefit of humility. God fills us when we empty ourselves of self.