The Prayer of an Unknown Man

The Prayer of an Unknown Man

I asked God for strength that I might achieve,

I was made week that I might lean humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do great 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 for.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I had hoped.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all people, most blessed!