The Humble Prayer of a Confederate Soldier

I love this short prayer below. I came across it this morning looking for some files from about fifteen years ago, and I am sure many have read this poem before. The author is only listed as “unknown Confederate Soldier” (here), so it comes from a few years back, but it is still worthy of circulation today.  We can still call on His name today in the 21st century and He will “most richly bless” us.

The Humble Prayer of a Confederate Soldier

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

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
I am, among men, most richly blessed… if only because of You, Lord. Amen.

4 thoughts

  1. Years ago my graddmother gave me a book of poems with this one itn it. O loaned the book to a cousin who ended up lossing it and I have been searching fo rsince. The poem touched me deeply and in times of sadness and depression I think of this poem and truely relize how lucky and blessed I am. Thank you for having it available.

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