The minister's little six-year-old boy had been such a terror and naughty all the previous week, that his mother decided to punish him by not allowing the boy to attend the up-coming School Picnic.

Then, as the day approached, the mother, feelng she had been a bit too harsh, relented and changed her mind.

She told the little boy he could go to the picnic, but was surprised at the child's reaction, which was one of unexpected gloom and unhappiness.

"What's the matter? I thought you'd be happy to go to the picnic after all," the mother asked.

"It's too late!" replied the unhappy little boy,

"I've already prayed all week for rain."