When poor men make requests of us we usually answer them as the echo does the voice the answer cuts off half the petition. We shall seldom find among men Jael’s courtesy, giving milk to those that ask water, except it be as this was, an entangling benefit, the better to introduce a mischief. There are not many Naamans among us, that, when you beg of them one talent, will force you to take two; but God’s answer to our prayers is like a multiplying glass, which renders the request much greater in the answer than it was in the prayer.
He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest it him, even length of days or ever and ever.
~ Ps 21:4
~ Bishop Reynolds