King Midas prayed that everything he touched might turn to gold. His wish, when granted, proved fatal, for his food turned to gold, and soon he was starving.
Sometimes God answers our prayers to teach us. He knows we cannot not learn the paltry value of the things we desire if they are withheld, but only if they are granted.*
*Adapted from J. Hastings, Great Texts of the Bible, Psalms XXIV-CXIX, p. 340, 341.