Confederate Prayers

I stumbled upon this prayer that is believed to be written by an unknown Confederate soldier during the Civil War.  I found beauty, strength, and wisdom in the soldier’s words.  Do you ever think back to some of the prayers you prayed and think, what was I thinking? Thank goodness that God is merciful in how He answers our prayers. Many times our prayers are misguided and misinformed. If we had all of the facts we would likely pray in a different manner.  A wise person I know frequently quotes, “God’s refusals are his mercies.” Praise God that he has a plan for our lives and desires the best for us – even when this means saying “no” to our misinformed prayers. God’s purposes for our lives are greater than our feeble minds can comprehend. It seems this Confederate soldier understood something of what it meant to pray one prayer and receive an answer he did not anticipate.


I asked 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 better 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 had asked for –

But everything that I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself,

My unspoken prayers were answered;

I am…most richly blessed.



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