Blessing of Unanswered Prayers

June 30, 2011

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I had asked for,
but everything that I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

– prayer found in pocket of unidentified Confederate soldier, July 1863. Cited in International Lesson Commentary KJV with NRSV Comparison: September 2007 by Daniel Lioy, Cook Communications.

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One Response to “Blessing of Unanswered Prayers”

  1. Suze said

    I wonder who that soldier belonged to.

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