The day came, and was as bright and cloudless as those which had preceded it. Among the congregation the minister noticed a little Sunday scholar, who carried a large old-fashioned umbrella.
"Why, Mary," he exclaimed, "what could have induced you to bring an umbrella on such a lovely morning as this?"
"I thought, sir," answered Mary, "that as we were going to pray for rain I should be sure to want the umbrella."
The minister patted her cheek good naturedly and the service began. Presently the wind rose, the clouds gathered, and at length the long-desired rain fell in torrents. Mary and the minister went home together under the umbrella, while the rest of the congregation reached their dwellings well drenched.
Let us follow Mary's example, and always pray, not only hoping that God may hear, but believing that He does hear, and will send us what we ask if it is good for us.
Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them Mark 11:24
Source: Biblical Illustrator