How are you at making decisions? Are you able to take action when you know what you should do, or do you hesitate, paralyzed by uncertainty? “I should get that pain in my chest checked out…maybe later.”
We say it every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done.” What does this mean? Luther says, “The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.” Scripture is filled with examples of those who couldn’t or wouldn’t follow through when faced with God’s will. The rich young ruler was told to give away his wealth, and his “face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” (Mark 10:22) King Agrippa, confronted by Paul’s preaching, replied out of pride, “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?” (Acts 26:28)
Yet others react positively and decisively. When Jesus asked, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.” (Mark 8:29) When the prophet Nathan declared King David guilty of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah, David immediately repented. (2 Samuel 12) And the boy Samuel replied to God’s call with “Speak, your servant is listening.”
There are two important aspects to this answer. First, Samuel is clear on his relationship with God—his duty as a servant is to obey. Second, the implication of “your servant is listening” is that Samuel is giving God his full attention. When we don’t do these two things, the book of James tells us, “a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:6-7). Yet Jesus Christ as God’s perfect servant listened to and obeyed His Father completely for us. His Spirit speaks to us about His death for us and His life through us.
As you have prayed for God to let you imagine what He is able to do in your life, now it is time to be ready to act on His answer. If you are hesitant, rather than praying for a different answer, pray for the faith to obey.