The Ultimate Prayer Request


God loves to be asked. Jesus said, “Ask…and it will be given to you.” Charles Spurgeon, the 19th Century British Baptist Pastor once said, “Asking is the rule of the kingdom.”

Prayer involves asking God to meet our needs and the needs of others. We all have a lot of prayer requests and God encourages us to ask. Yet, there is a prayer request that seeks absolutely nothing God has “in His hand.” It is the purest prayer request. King David said,

“One thing I ask of the LORD,
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.”

David said he had only one request – to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord! Prayer is more than asking God to help us accomplish a checklist of what we want. Prayer can also be a time of enjoying fellowship with God. Harold Lindsell once wrote, “The highest worship of almighty God consists in being wholly taken up with Him. It is the intimate form of communication in which the creature adores His creator, the finite before the Infinite, the powerless before the Powerful, the nothing before the All.”

There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking God for things you want Him to do in your life. But don’t forget the “one thing” David asked of the Lord, to simply enjoy His presence and know Him as He is. You can do the same. In prayer, just tell the Lord you don’t want anything from His hand, you just want to see His face. It is the ultimate prayer request.