Which of the two did His Father’s will? One son responded with defiance, but later changed his mind. The other son told the father what he wanted to hear, but then was deceitful.
The heart of the deceitful son was disordered. He allowed the ideas of what he wanted to desensitize him from the needs of others. The other son, who initially refused, allowed himself to have a change of heart.
As we explore the process by which this son changed his mind, we can learn the process of discerning God’s will for us. When it comes to choosing a career, spouse or any important decision, God has much to say to us. Our God loves us so much that He wants to be a part of our decision making process.
We call this kind of prayer, “discernment.” In order for our prayer to be authentic discernment, we must be free from the many ideas influencing our choices. We must be able to look at every side of the issue and hold them up to God.