And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.…
"Pa said he liked us to ask him for whatever we wanted, and I asked him yesterday to get me a kite, and he has not got it for me!" said a curly-headed grumbler, on a cold foggy day in November. "Yes, and I asked him to give me a gold watch, and he has never given me one!" said a brother, two or three years older; "and I don't see the good of asking him for things." Six months passed away, when behold! one fine day in May, the father came in with a beautiful kite, which he gave to his little boy without saying a word. But it was eight or nine years before he called the other boy to him and said, "I suppose you have forgotten, when you were a boy in pinafores, asking me for a gold watch, haven't you?" "Yes, that I have," answered the now tall youth. "But I have not," said the father. "Here's the watch, my dear boy; you can value it and take care of it now! Ah, Christian, need I add a word? else I might say that prayers do not spoil by keeping, but are only put out at interest.
(H. H. Dobney.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.