When I pray, do I really listen for an answer? Or do I go on, hoping I won't hear the answer I know must come?
It's so easy to "counsel the Lord", to tell Him the way we think it ought to be. We pray for the way to be eased when what we really need is our back to be strengthened to bear the burden - like Alma in the Book of Mormon:
"And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord."
I know that I have chosen not to pray at times, because I knew what the answer would, and should, be. And there have been occasions when my prayers included the phrase "give me strength to accept Thy answer".
I suppose it's human nature to want things to go the way we think they should. But we can't always see the whole picture, the better choice, and/or the consequences that will happen down the road. God can. So why is it so hard to trust Him, and so easy to think we know what is best?
Notice that the verse above says "harden not your heart". It puts that responsibility on us to be meek, teachable, to listen. It's up to us to keep our hearts open to the will of the Lord, and let Him work in our lives.
I may not know the path He leads me along, but I do trust that He won't lead me wrong.
So, for today - harden not your heart, and let yourself hear the voice of the Lord in everything.