Ether 2:22-25 What Will Ye That I Should Do?

22 And he cried again unto the Lord saying: O Lord, behold I have done even as thou hast commanded me; and I have prepared the vessels for my people, and behold there is no light in them. Behold, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that we shall cross this great water in darkness?
23 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.
24 For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth.
25 And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?
(Ether 2:22-25)

When I confront a significant problem at work and need help from my manager, I make it a point to identify root causes, consider the constraints we will face as we attempt to solve it, and even recommend some potential solutions.  I don’t simply hand the problem off and ask what I should do because I feel a sense of responsibility in my role and want to contribute what I can to our collective success.
So why should my prayers be any different?  Heavenly Father has, in effect, “hired” me to be part of His organization and has given me responsibilities to help build His kingdom on the earth.  Why wouldn’t I challenge myself to analyze the problems I face and generate creative solutions on my own initiative before asking for His help.  I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t “pray always” or that we can’t confide in the Lord when we don’t know what to do and need some comfort and reassurance.  But I am saying that, before formally requesting His help with significant problems, He expects me to be prepared.  Rather than hand me a solution on a silver platter, I think His question to me is often the same question He asked the brother of Jared: “What will ye that I should do?”

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