One Thing Have I Desired
by Mary Beth Singleterry
I have often thought about the prayer that goes unanswered, the prayer made “amiss.” I am sure at times, I have made such a prayer.
There is a very pure prayer which I have turned to when I felt my own prayer may be lacking in some way, and it is Psalms 27: 4. In this prayer King David says, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after.” To have a focused prayer, to desire one thing above all else and not to have a “laundry list” of self-centered wants, this kind of prayer is simple and pure and reaches the heart of God.
“That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” To desire to feel the healing presence of God’s power, Emmanuel, “God with us,” to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, the Christ consciousness — every day, all day, forever — what a prayer!
“To behold the beauty of the Lord.” To see God’s beauty everywhere, to see what He has created and the beautiful nature of it, to see as God sees, to express this true vision — what could be more wonderful than that?!
And finally, “To inquire in His temple.” To have a sincere desire to find out more about God, to have a deep yearning to spend more time with Him and to understand Him better and to pray that He may forever be unfolding Himself to me. What a pure prayer! And dear Lord, may this be my one and only prayer!
Christ Jesus says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” It is certain, as our prayer is perfected and made so pure and simple, as we grow day by day in His grace — all our other desires will be answered by God. How could it be otherwise? “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after”