Prayer: How Will You Know?

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This prayer is to help young people discern their vocation in life.

Reader 1: When do you decide how you will live? What goes into the thoughts that shape your dreams?

Reader 2: For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD,

Reader 1: Do you know, at eleven what you want for the rest of your life?

Reader 2: . . . plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Reader 1: Do you ever know for sure?

Reader 2: Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.

Reader 1: Who are the role models that affect your ideas about vocations? Does God call you to pick a vocation, or does fate decide whether you will marry, remain single, or enter religious life?

Reader 2: When you search for me, you will find me. . . .

Reader 1: Or do you just wake up one day and say, "I have decided to remain single"?

Reader 2: I will let you find me, says the LORD.

(Lines for reader 1 are from Donna Kamann, Single Life: An Inside Look [Winona, MN: Saint Mary's Press, 2002], page 12. Copyright © 2002 by Saint Mary's Press.)

(Lines for reader 2 are from Jeremiah 29:11-14 , NRSV.)


(This prayer is from An Inside Look: A Leader's Guide to the Vocations Series, by Clare vanBrandwijk [Winona, MN: Saint Mary's Press,2002], page 30. Copyright © 2002 by Saint Mary's Press. Permission is granted for this prayer to be used for classroom or campus ministry purposes. This prayer may not be republished in any form without written permission from Saint Mary's Press. To order this book, contact Saint Mary's Press at 800-533-8095, or visit our online catalog at