One Thing I Want

by Cindi McMenamin

I recently went to God with my shopping list.

I asked for His provision over a financial matter. I asked for His healing over my daughter’s medical condition. I asked for His peace over a situation that was causing me to become restless. I asked for His wisdom in an issue that my husband and I weren’t in agreement upon.

My list was long, and I was exhausted after recounting it all to God.

Then my devotional reading that morning took me to Psalm 27 in which the Psalmist said:

“I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire:
to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple” (verse 4 CSB).

There were lots of things I was asking of God that morning. But the Psalmist asked for only one thing: to dwell in God’s presence and gaze upon His beauty.

I realized, then, that if seeking God had been my one request – my only request – I would not have needed anything else I’d been praying for:

  • If His presence was what I sought first, I would’ve had the confidence that He is my Provider, both financially and otherwise.
  • If His character was all that I sought, I would’ve had the peace of mind that He is the Great Physician for whatever my daughter’s medical condition.
  • And if His glory was my chief desire, I would’ve had the perspective that He is the Healer of hurts and the Redeemer of all things, when it came to my disappointed, restless heart and the matter that was robbing me of peace.

Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33 NIV).

The rest of my prayer that morning became:

Simplify my heart, Lord, to have just one request: to know You and dwell with You          intimately.

Can you simplify your long list of requests to include just one — to know Him and dwell with Him intimately? When He becomes all that you and I want, we will have all that we’ve ever needed.

Lord, trim my list. Bring me into focus with the one thing that truly matters – my relationship with You. Help me to be satisfied with You alone and to realize that when I have you, I have everything I could possibly need.   

View More: the author: Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker who helps women strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is the author of 16 books including When Women Walk Alone (more than 120,000 copies sold), God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart, and Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You. For more on her books and ministry, and free resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, and parenting, see her website:

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8 thoughts on “One Thing I Want

  1. Years ago I copied something I read and have kept it with me. “If you lose everything you have and have the Lord you have enough to start over.” He is more than enough.

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  2. Drawing near to God, longing for His presence, focusing on Him brings all we need to navigate life. Distractions keep us focused on our lists. Presence keeps us focused on God.

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  3. Great reminder! I find myself in conversation with the Lord throughout my day. You are right,when I seek Him, He will take care of the rest.

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  4. “I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire:
    to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple” (verse 4 CSB).
    This is is a verse that i always cling to. Thank you for the jew perspective.

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  5. For myself, I often simply go to the Father to enjoy His presence. But when praying for others, sometimes the prayer battle is long. I think how I pray depends on what the Lord puts on my heart. Sometimes He asks me to do battle. Sometimes He asks me to be still and know Him. It’s a matter of following His orders for the day.

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