It’s normal to need help figuring out how to regain your lost momentum. An important aspect of personal development is having an in-depth understanding of your personal needs and how they’re being met. If your needs aren’t being met, you won’t have the best foundation for personal growth.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a popular diagram used to explain the various categories of human needs and how they relate to one another.
The Lord’s Prayer, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and Christian Counseling
God has promised us in His Word that if we seek Him first, He will meet our needs (Matt. 6:33). Through the Lord’s Prayer, we can learn what God desires us to pray for and what His priorities are for our lives. We can be confident that God will answer our prayers and meet our needs.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For the Kingdom, the power,and the glory
Are Yours now and forever.
— Matthew 6:9-13
Now, referring back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we can see how it corresponds to various aspects of the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Daily Bread – Our physiological needs
Food, shelter, and clothing are the basics that all humans need to survive. And simply having food isn’t enough; a lack of good nutrition will have a huge impact on quality of life. Sleep deprivation and unhealthy living conditions affect one’s ability to thrive.
Deliverance from Evil – The need for safety
Abuse, addictions, and oppression are forms of evil that take away a sense of personal safety, including physically, emotionally, and spiritually. A cognitive knowledge of physical safety isn’t enough; if you’ve been abused or terrorized in the past, the “fight or flight” hormones associated with fear can make you feel unsafe now. Working through past trauma in Christian counseling can help release you from the grip of fear.
Forgiveness – Love and Belonging
Love and forgiveness are two sides of the same coin. Jesus is the primary example for us. As humans, we struggle with forgiving others and being forgiven by them. We may have trouble forgiving ourselves! We often experience brokenness in our relationships. And most of all, we need forgiveness from God Himself.
We can walk with you on the journey to healing in your relationship with God, other people, and yourself. Forgiveness is at the heart of personal freedom.
Glory to God – Esteem needs
As human beings, we have sinful natures that cause us shame and make us want to hide from God instead of receiving His love. It’s important to be reminded of our worth as image-bearers of God. He has a reason for everything that happens in our lives, as confusing as it may be to us from our perspective.
Repenting of our sins and trusting Christ by faith brings glory to God and helps us understand how He sees us.
God’s Kingdom – Self-actualization
You may have heard the term “self-actualization” in a psychological context. It describes the human need for growth and reaching our fullest potential.
As Christians, we have a Biblical worldview, and we can relate the concept of self-actualization to our need to become more like Christ. This happens as we grow in the fruit of the Spirit, seek God’s kingdom, and desire Him more. Through studying his Word and applying it to our lives, we will experience growth in Christ.
Sometimes, though, reaching our potential or growing in Christ seems less important than meeting our daily felt needs. We can get stuck in a small perspective of life that is focused merely on the day-to-day. If this has happened in your life, talking with a counselor can help you rethink your priorities and take steps to breathe life back into your daily routine.
Newport Beach Christian Counseling is a place where you can find help to balance your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. We will help you identify the areas of your life where growth is needed, and find practical solutions to help you set and achieve personal development goals.