Lord grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by you, always follow your plans, and perfectly accomplish Your holy will. Grant that in all things, great and small, today and all the days of my life, I may do whatever you may require of me. Help me to respond to the slightest prompting of Your grace, so that I may be your trustworthy instrument. May Your will be done in time and eternity, by me, in me, and through me. Amen
- St. Therese of Lisieux, Prayer to Know God's Will
Some Related Scripture References:
Luke 1:38 (from the daily readings for March 25):
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
About St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
St. Therese of Lisieux’s prayer to know God’s will was on a card on my refrigerator door for a long time, and then carried in my purse for a long time, until it became ragged. I put the tattered card into the small storage space beneath the seat of a bench where I keep booklets and brochures from churches and abbeys I have visited. A Carmelite convent somewhere in the United States sent me that little card, and the card doesn’t say who translated the prayer from French. I don’t even remember which convent sent it to me. However, the card has become a favorite of mine.
A few months ago, the play "The Story of a Soul" was performed at Church of the Nativity, and everyone was given a holy card with a picture of Thérèse. Same card. I had a new one. I found out later that there were at least 2 different types of Thérèse cards given out, but I wanted another one with the same prayer on it.
St. Therese of Lisieux asked God to make her “respond to the slightest prompting of Your grace.” The slightest promptings of His grace may be known through tuning ourselves in prayer to hear His still, small voice when He wishes to guide us. However, I could really move much further as a Christian if I would only be more careful to obey the more explicit Word of God that I have from Scripture and from the Church already. The Ten Commandments, from last Sunday's readings, prompt us to do God's will. Those words can seem easier until I consider how they impact my life in practice, and then it can become more apparent where my life falls short and what I ought to change.