When I was nine or ten I spotted a magazine ad for a knife for 25 cents. There were only two magazines I read at that age, Boys Life, which was oriented towards the Boy Scouts and outdoor activities, and Sports magazine whose orientation is self-explanatory. That was my world, and a pretty good world it was. Anyway, I put a quarter in an envelop, dropped it in the mail, and eagerly awaited the arrival of the knife.
A couple of weeks later, my mother told me the postman had delivered a small package for me. I answered that I knew the knife would come that day because I had prayed for it the night before. I can't say I actually remember tearing into the packaging to get out my prize, but I'm sure I did so with great excitement. The shiny new knife looked wonderful to my youthful eyes. The handle was a deep, dark red, and I couldn't imagine anything as beautiful as my new knife.
A few days later while in the woods where I spent most of my time, I stuck the knife in a dead tree. I didn't stick it in far, and the weight of the handle combined with gravity to pull the knife down to the ground. Unfortunately, the point remained in the tree. Because of the cheap steel used for the blade, I now had a knife without a point. Although it still might have been useful, I lost all interest in the knife after that.
Because of that experience, I decided to be careful what I prayed for in the future. Some things aren't worth prayer, and sports fans should keep that in mind.