A ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the
men on it were able to swim to a small desert like island. The two
survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they have no other
recourse but to pray to God for help.
However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they decided to
divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the
The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first
man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the island, and he was able to
eat its fruit. The other man's parcel of land remained barren.
After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a
wife. The next day, there was another ship wreck, and the only survivor was
a woman who swam to his side of the island. On the other side of the
island, there still was nothing.
Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, and more food. The next day,
like magic, all of these things were given to him. However, the second man
still had nothing.
Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could
leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked on his side of
the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to
leave the second man on the island. He considered the other man unworthy
to receive God's blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.
As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven
boom-out, "Why are you leaving your companion on the island?"
"My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,"
the first man answered. "His prayers were all unanswered and so he does
not deserve anything."
"You are mistaken!" the voice rebuked him. "He had only one prayer,
which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my
"Tell me," the first man asked the voice, "what did he pray for that I
should owe him anything?"
"He prayed that all your prayers would be answered."
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For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone,
but those of another praying for us. This is too good not to share.
With obedience and love for others come blessings. My prayer for you today is that all your prayers will be answered.
"What you do for others is more important than what you do for yourself."
[ Author Unknown -- submitted by: Bob Francis (firstname.lastname@example.org) ]
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