I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, "No; patience is a by-product of tribulations; it is not granted; it is earned."
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, "No, I give you blessings; happiness is up to you."
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, "No, suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me."
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, "No, you must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful."
I asked for all things that...