The Need

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O, GOD, I want a clothes-basketful of candy."

The child prayed long and fervently.

There was no answer.

Then the child bethought himself and knelt again and prayed, "I want money enough to buy a clothes-basketful of candy."

But there was no answer.

When the child was grown a man, he reviled God, because He had not answered the prayer of faith of the child, and God said, " You have money enough to buy a clothes-basketful of candy now."

"But I do not want it now," said the man.

God said, "Did you really want it then?" and the man answered, "No, it would have made me ill, I only wished for it."

"So," said God, " I did answer your prayer."