Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “If I give you an answer, will you not kill me? Even if I did give you counsel, you would not listen to me.”
This verse stood out to me today.
Already in Jeremiah 37:2&3, Zedekiah was not wanting to listen to Jeremiah’s words, but wanting the blessing of his prayers. He wanted things from God but didn't want anything expected from him.
We have to be prepared to listen to guidance/direction given to us either directly from God or from godly counsel placed before us. God expects obedience from us.
Counsel can come in different forms. Whether being the direction/path we're supposed to take or something that needs refining in us, we need to accept the counsel given (even when it goes against everything we want to hear) & follow.
Only in our obedience will we be able to receive the prayers of blessings.