“I asked God for strength, that I may achieve; I was made weak instead, so that I might learn to humbly obey.
I asked God for health, that I may do greater things; I was given infirmity, so that I may do better things.
I asked God for riches, that I may be happy; I was given poverty instead, so that I may be wise.
I asked God for power, so that I may have the praise of men; I was instead made weak, so that I may feel the need for God.
I asked God for all things, so that I may enjoy life; I was given life instead, so that I may enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers God did answered.
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
- A prayer found among the personal belongings of a fallen unknown Confederate soldier.