Soldier’s Prayer

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

I asked God 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 asked for – but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among men, most richly blessed.

Found on the body of a Southern soldier 1861–1865

Published in: on September 22, 2013 at 11:19 am  Comments (4)  


  1. Don, good post. Sometime when you have a few minutes, would you mind telling me how you write a daily blog. I would settle for twice a week with my blog struggle to get one out every two weeks.
    Thank you
    In Christ,
    Dennis McCutcheon

    • I write for relaxation Dennis, and I can normally beat out a post in 15-30 minutes. I usually write my posts either in the evening after work or in the morning. I tend to be an early riser and I do a fair amount of writing between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM. I do a fair amount of writing as an attorney, but that is usually technical in nature, often full of legal jargon, and not fun at all!

  2. What a beautiful prayer! I’m so glad to have read this.

    • It has always been one of my favorites Debra!

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