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. Β 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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