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Answered prayer—3 stories, 3 surprises

"You want it, you got it" doesn't always characterize answered prayer. Indeed, as Mary Baker Eddy explained, "Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the blessings we ask for in prayer." Why? Because "That which we desire and for which we ask, it is not always best for us to receive." Science and Health, p. 10. But as Jean Hebenstreit's introductory article and the three stories that follow illustrate, a God who is pure Love always knows best what His children need. And the end result? It's got to be good.

What is answered prayer?

From the April 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

WHAT SHE WANTED WAS A HORSE. Perhaps the quintessential little-girl's wish, but it was what she desired with all her heart.