same impatience, " Give me children, or else I die."And notice that she said not, a child, but children.One child she had, Joseph ; and all went well. But assoon as her second child, Benjamin, was born — that is,as soon as her wish was accomplished, and she hadchildren, then we read that, " as her soul was in de-parting, for she died, she called his name Benoni, thatis, the son of my sorrow."But yet, what are we to say to our Lord's promise," Ask, and it shall be given you : seek, and ye shallfind ?" How many persons have we all known, whowhen they were in sickness, earnestly cried to God tomake them well, but they died ; when they were miser-ably poor, prayed that they might become rich, but theynever did ; when a friend was in danger, besought thathe might be spared to them, but he was taken away.How can these things be? ow notice what our Lorddoes really tell us. He says, " Ask, and it shall begiven unto you." He does not say, "Ask, and thatwhich ye ask shall be given ;" but, it shall be given :that is, it, the thing which we should ask, if we knewall. He goes on : " What man is there of you, whomif his son ask bread, will he give him a stone ? or, if he138 Ignorant Prayers. [Serm.ask a fish, will he give him a serpent ?" Or, as it is inanother Gospel, " will he for a fish offer him a scor-pion ?" And so He treats us as kind fathers treat theirchildren. We ask for a stone, we ask for a serpent, weask for a scorpion; that is, we ask for something which,like a stone, can do us no good ; like a serpent, may dous harm ; like a scorpion, will sting us to death. Wethink that what we are asking will make us happy ; butGod says: "o; I will hear what you mean to prayfor ; but I will not give you that which you do pray for."