Thinking About Thinking

Does God Answer Prayer?

Posted in Philosophy by larrycheng on May 16, 2010

In response to the question presented in the title of this post, the following poem was read at my church service this morning – author unknown.  I thought it was insightful, so decided to pass it along here:


I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,

I was made weak, that I might humbly obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater 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 I asked for, but everything I hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all men, most richly blessed.