Tell God Your Needs: Surviving—And Thriving—In An Economic Crisis

Isn’t it funny how we can overlook the most basic things sometimes? Like last week—when I washed a load of laundry—and forgot to add the soap! Or, like forgetting to:

Tell God your needs.

This is Nancy’s second principle in “Hope for Uncertain Times: Surviving—And Thriving—In An Economic Crisis”:

Ask Him for provision, wisdom, direction, and grace to persevere. Ask God to use this season of turmoil and uncertainty to bring about revival and spiritual awakening in our churches and country. (Luke 11:2-3; Phil. 4:5-6)

It sounds so basic—asking God to provide for our needs—but if you’re like me, it’s easy to just think worrisome thoughts, rather than to pray! Lately, God’s been reminding me to turn my thoughts, worries, fears—even judgmental thoughts about others—into prayers.

Our requests don’t even need to urgent. God has time for you. In fact, He wants to hear from you about everything (See Phil. 4:6 if you don’t believe me)! Personally, at this season of life, I’m not struggling to put food on the table. But, I have plenty of needs and requests. 

For example, I’m planning to host Christmas for my family this year, and really wanted a Christmas tree for them to enjoy. The task was intimidating—where to buy it from; how to cut it down, strap it to my car, carry it up to my third floor apartment, etc—so I asked God to provide.

He did. Last night a guy friend took three of us girls to pick out trees, cut them down for us, and helped us set them up in our apartments.

Today, whether it is an urgent need or a “silly request,” what are you asking your good Father Provider for? What worries are you consciously turning into prayer requests?


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Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller is a gifted communicator with a tenacious commitment to Scripture coupled with a compassionate, loving voice. She enjoys connecting with and welcoming people so they feel safe, valued, and deeply loved. People describe her as “wise,” “relatable,” and "fiercely gentle."

God has captured Paula’s heart, and she is passionate about sharing life-changing, gospel truths through the lens of her everyday, ordinary life as a wife, mom, neighbor, and church member. Paula is an insatiably curious, lifelong learner, so beware: she tends to ask a lot of questions of everyone near her (being careful not to overwhelm).
She served with Revive Our Hearts for fifteen years and wrote Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. You can catch her writing on

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