Have you ever wanted something so much that you detailed it in your prayers so God could get it exactly right? You should know about the endearing story of a little girl who prayed for a pony. When someone commiserated with her about her prayers not being answered, she said, “Oh, but God did answer. He said, ‘No.’ ”
Once, as I watched a much-desired, detailed plan fizzle out and fall apart, one on which I’d spent much time and effort, I felt all my work had been in vain. I had to remind myself of the humility and innocence of that little girl.
Listening is a very good way to pray.