How Do I know My Vocation?
First, prayer is the answer to all questions in life, big and small. Prayer is our lifeline to God, it’s the way we let God lead us and the way God pours forth His strength upon us. So prayer is definitely the answer. But let me offer some additional thoughts and things to incorporate into your prayer.
Secondly, regarding the life decision of a vocation, I recommend there is a very particular way to pray. You see, God does have a plan for every one of us. It’s a perfect plan by which we can cooperate with His will and be a wonderful instrument for good in the world. But praying about our vocation is best done in a very amazing way. And Mary, our Blessed Mother, is a perfect example for the way we need to pray.
Our Blessed Mother had a very unique and special calling from God. She was to become the Mother of the Son of God. On one level, this is a privilege beyond compare. But on another level, it could have been too much for one person to condole. But she never let it overwhelm her. Instead, she embraced this calling in the perfect way and therefore becomes the perfect model for us in prayer, especially regarding our vocation in life.
The key to our Blessed Mother’s prayer is her “Yes” to God. It’s mind-blowing that, when the angel Gabriel appeared to her, she wasn’t really even asked if she would say yes. Rather, the angel basically told her that she will bear a son and He will be called Son of the most high. She asked how this would happen and was told it would be by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then she simply responded, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
I think the important thing to note here is that this was not the first time Mary said yes to God. Rather, this response, “May it be done to me…” was her continual prayer throughout her life. From her childhood until her Assumption she continuously said yes to God. That’s why the angel didn’t have to wait for her response before saying that she will conceive the Son of the most high. She had already said yes to God, over and over again in her entire life.
This is the best way to pray about any vocation. I’d encourage you to imitate this prayer by saying yes to God, today, regarding whatever God has in mind for you. Tell God, in prayer, that whatever His will is, the answer is yes. Tell God the answer is yes even before you know what His will is. This approach is very freeing! What’s left is to simply discern what God is saying to you. But for that, you simply need to wait until He gently reveals that will more each and every day. And if you say yes today, His will for you will become vivid.
Most times we can approach life with the question, “what do I want to do.” This is not the right approach. If we simply tell God that we want His will and our answer to that will is yes, we will find that His plan can more easily take hold of our lives and lead us to what is excellent for us and others.