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Asking and Receiving

I asked for health that I might do great things,
I was given infirmity that I mighty do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy,
I was given poverty that I might by 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 hoped for almost despite myself,
my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all people most richly blessed.

  • Do you truly believe that God always answers your prayers, even though not always in ways you thought he would?