TODAY'S THEME: What You Pray For
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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello grounds, Virginia

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to 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 that I had asked for;
But everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am among all men, most richly blessed.

Written by an unknown Confederate soldier


For prayer is a request. The essence of request, as distinct
from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1964)
Irish author and Christian apologist

Raleigh, North Carolina

I've seen prayers answered. But often,
in my experience,if you get what you pray for,
you've really shortchanged yourself.

Anne Lamott (1954-  )
American author


Your prayer should be, "Break the legs of what I want
to happen. Humiliate my desire. Eat me like candy.
It's spring, and finally I have no will."

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian poet, Islamic jurist and mystic

Normandy Beach, France

May the words of my mouth and the meditation
of my heart be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, my
Strength and my Redeemer.

Jewish Prayer
Conclusion of the "Shemoneh Esrei"


The fewer the words,
the better the prayer.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
German monk, theologian and church reformer


And now, the Last Word:

In prayer,
come empty,
do nothing.

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Spanish mystic and Carmelite friar and priest


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Bonus quote:

Great minds have purposes;
little minds have wishes.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
American author


On today's
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C. S. Lewis;
Anne Lamott;
Martin Luther;
Jewish prayer;
St. John of the Cross