When God calls Abraham he responds, “Here I am.” Does God not know where Abraham is? There are many encounters like this in scripture.
Then God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called, “Jacob, Jacob!” “Here I am,” he answered (Gen. 46:2).
God called out to him from the bush, “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Here I am” (Ex. 3:4).
The Lord called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am”(1Sam 3:4ff). Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me” (Is. 6:8)!
There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord” (Acts 9:10).
Obviously, God did not have to search for these men; He knew where they were just as He knows where each of us is and what we are doing. When He calls it is to grab their attention. Notice how they all respond.
The response, “Here I am,” calls to mind the scene in the garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit. The Lord God then called… “Where are you”(Gen. 3:9)? Instead of responding, “Hear I am,” they hide themselves; they realize their nakedness. To be naked without shame (Gen. 2:25) implies a trusting relationship, a total openness to another person. Sin caused Adam and Eve to lose that trusting relationship with God and our fallen human nature continues to find it difficult to re-establish it but scripture shows us that it is possible. A sincere and prayerful act of Faith places me in God’s presence.
Peter, James and John are in the presence of Jesus glorified and Peter’s response not only suggests “Here I am,” but also, “I want to stay.” Jesus would later invite these same three apostles to join Him in prayer before His passion, but they would sleep instead of respond. Bottom line is…
We need God’s help to respond to Him with the attitude, “Here I am.” He daily awaits and wants our response in our service to Him and to His Church. It is for this that we were ordained.