“Whatsoever we ask which is not for our good, He [God] will keep it back from us. And surely in this there is no less of love than in the granting what we desire as we ought. Will not the same love which prompts you to give a good, prompt you to keep back an evil, thing? If, in our blindness, not knowing what to ask, we pray for things which would turn in our hands to sorrow and death, will not our Father, out of His very love, deny us? How awful would be out lot, if our wishes should straightway pass into realities; if we were endowed with a power to bring about all that we desire; if the inclinations of our will were followed by fulfilment of our hasty wishes, and sudden longings were always grant. One day we shall bless Him, not more for what He has granted than for what He has denied.” H. E. Manning, quoted in Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary W. Tileston)
This quotation illustrates an important corollary to the law of attraction, one that is described in later works by Rhonda Byrne that focus on love, but is not perhaps made too clear in The Secret. So Rhonda knows of the vital importance of living in a loving universe, and we know that God is a God of love. Sometimes this love becomes a matter of saving us from ourselves.
If we ask amiss, we are protected. Evil desires will not manifest, because of their negativity. Things that seem benign to us actually may give us something that will turn out badly. So, in these cases, our request is not granted. Then we often think that the law of attraction is not working.
But it is working magnificently, a secret of the working of the universe and our God. If we ask amiss, we are protected.
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