For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
What do you want? It seems to have become an almost automatic response for me when my children come knocking on my bedroom door first thing in the morning. I can be like that on the phone too when I receive calls from telemarketing companies or telephone scammers. "I wonder what they want?" is the first question that comes to mind when an unrecognised number calls my mobile phone. Today it seems like everyone wants something. What happens though when you want something? Where do you go to get that thing that you need? Are you the person who people see coming their way and think to themselves, "I wonder what they want now?". The things we desire and the things we need are often very different. However, if we can make the distinction and turn to God to meet our needs, then those additional desires become less pressing. We no longer feel the need to live as though the world owes us something, because all our needs have already been met by God. What our flesh tells us we need and what our spirit actually needs are also different. If we take time to lay aside our physical needs for a moment and focus on our spiritual needs for a while through a process like fasting, we can create space for God to align our desires more closely with his and to bring greater fullness to all areas of our lives.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for supplying all my needs through your son Jesus. Please help me to recognise when I am seeking to have my needs met in the wrong ways. Help me to grow in confidence in coming to your with all my needs and desires. Amen.