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 habit; 
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 patience; I learned that patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
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


God will either lighten your load or He will strengthen your back

Tim