“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
Crucial to this circumstance was Samuel’s own curiosity. It was Samuel’s yearning to know coupled with his prayer inviting God to speak that resulted in a moment of growth and transformation for Samuel as a prophet who would one day carry the word of God to an entire people. Later, Jesus would evoke the spirit of this story when he set a child in the midst of his hearers, telling them that unless they became like children, they would not enter into life with the Lord. The world needs a child-like Samuel kind of wonder to emanate from the church. That’s what will represent God’s kingdom on this earth so that people will turn to Christ.