I asked God for strength, that I
might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God to take away my
It was not for Him to take away, but for me to give up.
I asked God for health, that I
might do greater things,
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked God to grant me
I learned that patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn't granted.
I asked for riches, that I might
I was given just enough, so that I might be wise.
I asked God to spare me pain.
I was drawn closer to God, for suffering drew me apart
from worldly cares.
I asked God for power, that I
might have the praise of others;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked God for all things, that
I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for--but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself
my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all, most richly blessed.
Adapted from "The
Tremendous Power of Prayer"
by Charlie Jones and Bob Kelly
either lighten your load or He will strengthen your back