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A Soldier’s Prayer – Pull Up A Chair

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A Soldier’s Prayer

Written by an anonymous confederate soldier during the civil war of the United States

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 that I had hoped for,

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.


  1. Back in the 1970s when I was just 19 in college, I came across this poem. It meant so much to me. I read it over and over as God helped me believe that He would get me through the difficulties of those very hard years.

    I typed this poem and gave a carbon copy to my girlfriend. After she read it, she looked at me and realized the faith of the man standing before her, and she deeply honored my belief.

    It was then I was gratefully sure she would be my wife.

    That was well over 40 years ago. We got married in college and had 9 children and 16 grandchildren and counting. God answered my unspoken prayers and gave me more than I could ever have known to ask for. But the most treasured of all is that God gave me the most wonderful wife. I, too, am most richly blessed.

  2. Praise the Lord for His goodness!

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