Blessings #2

I know it’s not music, but Beth Ann’s post on Blessings prompted me to post this prayer.  It was published in The Lutheran Prayerbook, 1992,  and the author is unknown.  It’s titled “Answered Prayer.”

He asked for strength that he might achieve;  he was made weak that he might obey.

He asked for health that he might do greater things;  he was given infirmity that he might do better things.

He asked for riches that he might be happy;  he was given poverty that he might be wise.

He asked for power that he might have the praise of men;   he was given weakness that he might feel the need of God.

He asked for all things that he might enjoy life;  he was given life that he might enjoy all things.

He has received nothing that he asked for;  all he hoped for.  His prayer is answered.  He is most blest.

Does anyone else feel they got not what they asked for, but what they really needed the most?


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About jculler1972

My husband is the pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters and a granddaughter and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).