Do the needful is an Indian-English phrase which means as it suggests, do that which needs to be done to get the result that is required.
I heard the phrase recently on a TV show and it stuck in my head. This week, I haven’t been doing much TV watching but I’ve been thinking about reaching my goals. I know what my goals are, I have the ingredients needed to start, yet I find myself moored at the harbour, refusing to set sail. I’ve been docked for weeks now, staring at the goal I know I can achieve.
When Solomon prayed for wisdom, God gave him wealth and long life as well. God liked that he did not ask for what most kings would have. Often when we pray, we pray for what we think is the needful. Truth is, the flesh wants what it sees. The soul wants what it feels and the spirit wants what it needs.
If Solomon had prayed for wealth- what he could see and touch- he would probably have got just that. If he prayed for safety from his enemies- what his soul feared- he would have had years of reigning in peace. Instead, his spirit which was one with God knew what the needful was. He needed wisdom. He ignored the yearning of the flesh and the longing of the soul and delved deep into his spirit to pray for the needful. How often have we prayed for the obvious or made emotional pleas? What we need isn’t always determined by what we can see or feel.
A few years ago I was in a situation I didn’t know how to get out of. I remember being so anxious and downright fed up. One morning I lay on the carpet and cried out to God. Not the ‘God help me,’ prayer, but the ‘God, why me?’ prayer. At the time I was an interiors writer for a newly-launched platform and my monthly article was overdue. God told me to go write the article, which I thought was ridiculous under the circumstances. “But God,” I asked him, “have you ignored the fact that I’m a creative being, and I need peace of mind and mental space to come up with decent content?” But I felt pulled to my laptop and went ahead to write. I needed to learn to function in the midst of chaos. When hell breaks loose around you, you don’t have to fall apart.
I wrote a beautiful article which surprised even me. Fast forward a few weeks and I received an email from a couple who wanted my design services for a major commission. They had been to other better established interior designers who had submitted proposals, yet they offered me the job without a proposal, without even a consultation all because they read my article and were convinced I could deliver what they wanted, and I did.
Why must we listen to our spirit?
1) There is no confidence in the flesh
2) Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Do not be afraid or discouraged (don’t allow your emotions to lead or overwhelm you)
3) In our spirit is power, love and soundness of mind.
Let us learn to do that which we truly need, trusting fully in the leading of the Holy Spirit regardless of the noise going on around us.
This week I have been doing the needful by using these tips:
1) Get your praise on throughout the day. This ensures that God remains the highest authority in your life.
2). Ask yourself regularly, why am I doing this? Am I trying to alleviate a discomfort in my soul or satisfy the craving of my flesh?
3) Cut down the noise. The amount of information we read, the conversations we have and the physical clutter that surrounds us stimulates the body and the soul and drowns out the voice of your spirit which is one with God.
I pray for strength for you to do that which is needed as you say no to passing
Distractions this week. ❤️
Don’t rush off, share your thoughts!