be careful what you pray for, you might get it

1933 Oakland Tribune 24 Feb B7 At 11a.m., the Rev. Tob Watt, pastor, will preach on ‘Be Careful What You Pray For—You Might Get It.’

1985 Washington Post 22 Apr. A2 Be careful what you pray for, it is said, for your prayer might be granted. Reagan now is being Reagan, and the true believers are learning more than they ever wanted to know about the perils of unleashing him.

1995 CNN, 2 Mar. Public opinion polls show well over 70 percent of Americans are in favor. But it reminds me of a little prayer you hear—or adage you hear from time to time—‘Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it.’ Is it your sense that the majority of Americans who do want a balanced budget really know what they’re in for?

2002 Times 4 Mar. 4 Howard had been thoroughly upbeat about the future. ‘These last few weeks I’ve had to say: Be careful what you pray for, because it might happen!’

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