The Simplicity of One Thing- A Prayer for the New Year

One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in His temple.

Psalm 27:4

My Beloved Heavenly Father,

This new year I ask one thing, that I may have but one goal, one pursuit, one focus that sets the foundation for everything else I do. Help me put aside distractions, temporal things that would divide my interests or weaken my resolve, and grant that from this one simple resolution much good would come, and that good for Your glory.

This have I asked of you Lord, and make it so, that should I diverge from this path because of the weakness of my flesh, that you would pull me back on course. You are the One I come to, Lord, trusting in Your grace and kindness, resting in Your mercy and love, hoping in Your power and promises.

That one thing will I seek after, directing all my desires toward one holy passion; searching for it as if for lost treasure and following no matter the cost is this: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord in sweet communion and humble accord with You. Oh how great and undeserved a privilege it is to be part of the household of God! What better way to spend the upcoming new year than serving You, Lord, the One who loved me when I was unloveable and adopted me when I was unadoptable! Please, Lord, allow me this, to practice for my future vocation in heaven by fulfilling my joyous duty here on earth, loving You and obeying You all the days of my life.    

Oh, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and behold the perfect loveliness of God! A longing only partly here fulfilled, but someday completely so when I shall see You face to face! Father God, give my mind a holy curiosity, a daily desire to inquire in Your temple. Let my heart be intent on following hard after You, let my will find gladness in complete submission to Your Son, and allow my life to be characterized by a sanctified yieldedness to Your Holy Spirit. Make me a humble inquirer, a listening inquirer, a thinking inquirer, an obedient inquirer, and grant me the simplicity of this one thing, that I might live for You.

For Jesus’ sake,
Amen.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

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2 responses to “The Simplicity of One Thing- A Prayer for the New Year

  • goodnewsjunkie

    Beautiful, you and David will have to compare each others Psalms when you get to heaven!

    Particularly liked:
    “let my will find gladness in complete submission to Your Son, and allow my life to be characterized by a sanctified yieldedness to Your Holy Spirit.”

    That’s what I call a scary prayer, a really *good* prayer, but a scary one too!

    • Terrie van Baarsel

      Thanks for your kind words, Gareth. I suspect David will have much to teach me someday. Got the idea to “compose” a prayer from reading “Valley of Vision” a book of Puritain prayers and devotions. Have you ever read any of it? Such beautiful language, and I do have a thing for words.

      Yes, submission is scary, but in a good way. I’ve been a Christian for a long time and still learning to surrender. The Lord certainly has had to exercise His longsuffering with me. I will say this, He has never, ever let me down.

      Blessings!

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