“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it happen to me according to your word.’ Then the angel left her.”

– Luke 1:38

Gabriel tells Mary of Jesus forthcoming birth

God often uses angels as messengers to deliver his will.

God sent his angel Gabriel to deliver the news to the Virgin Mary that she was about to become pregnant through immaculate conception, and that she would give birth to a son who would be the Messiah.

“The angel replied, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.'”

– Luke 1:36

Mary replied:

“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it happen to me according to your word.’ Then the angel left her.”

– Luke 1:38

Mary gives us a good example of someone who is ready to be a servant to the Lord. Mary was ready to receive God’s Holy Spirit and give of herself as a vessel to receive and act upon God’s will.

Giving yourself over to God’s will

Follow the example of Mary, mother of Jesus, and being a vessel – a living sacrifice for the enactment of God’s will.

“Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

– Romans 12:1

Being ready to hear and receive God’s will

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

– Proverbs 3:5-6

We have to be open and ready to following God’s will. Once our heart is ready, then we will be ready to receive God’s message. One way we can let God know we are ready is through prayer.

When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray effectively, he reminded them that we must pray for God to guide us in his will and pray that his will be done.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

– Matthew 6:10

When we don’t know what God’s will is for us it may be because we have not open our heart and made ourselves truly ready to hear and receive.

Are you ready to receive God’s will for your life?