by Brenda Kuseski
At least five times in the Bible, God draws our attention to an important principle by pointing out that there is “one thing” that is vital. This week, consider these lessons, and use them to shape your prayer times.
1. Psalm 27:4—“One thing I ask of the LORD, and this is what 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.” We seem to want many things from God—health, blessings, a peaceful family life, needs met—but this week, determine that you will just seek Him. What would it mean for you to spend time “gazing upon His beauty,” simply telling Him that you love Him, meditating on His goodness and the riches of His love.
2. Luke 10:38-42—Martha is busy “serving the Lord’ and resents seeing her sister Mary doing nothing but sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to Him. Jesus says “Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better…” You may be anxious and troubled about many things--personal problems, ministry efforts, political concerns—and frustrated with others who don’t seem to be helping. Listen to Jesus and focus on the “one thing” that will bring you peace: His very presence.
3. Luke 18:18-23—When the rich young man tells Jesus that he has certainly kept the Law, and wants to know what else to do to inherit eternal life, Jesus says, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have, give to the poor…Then come, follow me.” Jesus knew that salvation doesn’t depend on giving away everything, but that the young man’s wealth was the “one thing” that he loved more than Jesus. When the Lord tested that priority, the young man failed the test and “went away sorrowful.” This week, ask the Holy Spirit to shine His spotlight on your own life and test your priorities. What is the “one thing” (or many things) that interfere with your willingness to love and follow Him wholeheartedly?
4. Phil. 3:13-14—Paul declares “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…” If Holy Spirit were to examine your daily activities, what would He tell you about your goals and the things you value most?
5. John 9:25—Jesus healed a blind man, and the religious leaders “reviled him” as ignorant and sinful, the man replied, “one thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” …When doubt and fear and confusion assail you, keep your focus on the fact that you have been redeemed, set free, and made a royal heir with Christ.
This week, meditate on these passages—see if God re-aligns your life with His important “one thing” for you.