I wonder how many of us have prayed in a similar way to the little girl in this story — especially as children. But I wonder, too, how many of us have really believed those prayers would be answered like this little girl.
Sunday School Picnic
On Monday the minister’s little daughter was very naughty, so her mother told her she couldn’t go to the Sunday School picnic on Saturday.
For the next few days the girl’s behaved so nicely the mother changed her mind and said she could go to the picnic after all. Surprisingly, the child’s reaction was one of gloom and unhappiness.
“What’s the matter?” asked her mother. “I thought you’d be glad to go to the picnic.”
“It’s too late,” said the little girl. “I’ve already prayed for rain!”