Judges 6:16-22; 6:36-40 [ NASB ]  But the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat Midian as one man.”  So Gideon said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who speak with me.  Please do not depart from here, until I come back to You, and bring out my offering and lay it before You.” And He said, “I will remain until you return.”  Then Gideon went in and prepared a young goat and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour; he put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot, and brought them out to him under the oak and presented them.  The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so.  Then the angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. Then the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight.  When Gideon saw that he was the angel of the Lord, he said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” . . .  Then Gideon said to God, “If You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken,  behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken.”  And it was so. When he arose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water.  Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.”  God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground. Gideon is an example of a reluctant follower of God, being fearful but still wanting to follow God. His reaction is to be very sure that it is God that is asking him to fight the Midianites. In the first case, he asks for a sign. An angel of the Lord performs a sign (Consuming meat and bread in a fire coming from the rock when the food was touched with a staff). The angel having performed his task departs (vanishes). This first sign encourages Gideon who, along with 10 of his servants destroys the alter to Baal. Gideon was still a little fearful, and waited for the cover of darkness, but he succeeded (see verse 27). Having seen the small success in tearing apart the alter to Baal, it was still not enough for Gideon to feel comfortable in battling the Midianites directly. So, Gideon asks for another sign: While he let the Lord choose the first sign with the meat and bread, but this time Gideon specified what sign he _required_. He put a fleece on a threshing floor. His requirement was that in the morning the floor would remain dry, but the fleece would be wet. And the Lord caused this to occur as Gideon had asked. But, even this wasn’t enough. Gideon asked that the Lord not be angry, but that the next night Gideon wanted the reverse (in the morning the fleece should be dry, while the ground have dew). Not exactly the same, but in Acts 1:21-26 the apostles chose Matthias by drawing lots. Presumably relying on God to make the choice and cause the correct lot to be drawn. In both cases God is expected to cause something to happen beyond the normal cause/effect working of His universe in order to make His will known. ------ Ok, so what do you think about this as a general way of seeking the will of God? Are we to pray things like “Lord, if you truly want me to do thus and so than show me by doing something extraordinary”?