Thursday, May 7, 2009

Soldier's Prayer

How many times have you prayed for something and received something else - and the something else turned out to be exactly what you really needed? I'm reminded of a poem that talks about this very thing. It's called the "Soldier's Prayer":

I asked God for strength so 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 asked for... but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed."

When you receive surprising answers to your prayers, remember that God wants you to have what you need, which might not necessarily be what you think you want. Praise God for His wisdom in answering your prayers with your best interest in mind.

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