A Prayer for Blessing

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for help 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 my life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for. 
I am among men, most richly blessed.
- The prayer of an anonymous soldier 
(as found in Pastoral Theology by Thomas Oden)

Are we still concerned about what we are asking for, or have we stopped to reflect on the blessings we have been given? Even as I am quick to give an answer, I am forced to stop and reflect on the truth that some of God's greatest gifts I have often unabashedly considered inconveniences...


  1. I love this! What a great reminder to reflect on what we're asking God for vs. what He's already blessed us with!

  2. Amen. Thanks Laura. Every time I use the word 'inconvenience' I am forced to stop and reflect on what it is I am so obstructed by. Oftentimes it is my own flesh...