The Battlefields of Unanswered Prayer

The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer. ~ F.B. Meyer 

An anonymous and self-effacing prayerful insight was penned by a Confederate soldier the best part of two centuries ago:

I asked God for strength that I might achieve, but

I was made weak that I might learn to humbly obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things, but

I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy, but

I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men, but

I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life, but

I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for -- but everything I hoped for.

Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all men most richly blessed.

This soldier gazed beyond his prayerful wishes to their answers; he looked past his desires to his benefits.

Could God's finest philanthropy well lie upon the battlefields of unanswered prayer?

Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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'God does His deepest work in our darkest hours'. ~ A.W. Tozer

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