One thing I ask of the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
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What if you could only ask for one thing from God when you prayed? What would it be? Would you ask for health for yourself or your loved ones? Would you ask for wealth? Power? Prestige? Perhaps you would ask for world peace or personal success.
There are so many things for which we might pray. And we honor God when we ask him for his help. We demonstrate that we trust he is able to answer our prayers. But, if you could ask for just one thing, what would it be?
Long ago, a man named King David gave an interesting answer to this question when he wrote Psalm 27. Listen again to what he wrote, “One thing I ask of the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”
Isn’t that something? The main thing David wanted was to be in God’s house—a member of God’s family. He knew that as a member of God’s family, he had everything he needed—God’s love, forgiveness, and care. As long as he was a member of God’s family, he would be fine.
May this be our prayer as well—that what matters to us most, what we ask from him more than anything else, is that he keep us close to him so that we can continue to marvel at his beauty—the beauty of his love, his forgiveness, his care and concern for us. What could be better?
Dear Heavenly Father, this one thing I ask: that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life. Amen.