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December 10, 2004

The Power of Prayer

A little story I found. Lovely.

A voyaging 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

The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that
they had no other recourse but to pray to God.

However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they
agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite
sides of the island.

The first thing they prayed for was food.

The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on
his side of the land, 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, another ship was wrecked, and the only
survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other
side of the island, there was nothing.

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food.
The next day, like magic, all of these 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 at 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

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice
from heaven booming, "Why are you leaving your companion on the

"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 blessings."

"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 be answered."

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 come

My prayer for you today is that all your prayers are
answered. Be blessed.

"What you do for others is more important than what you do
for yourself"

This was shared with me by a friend...hope you will share
with yours too.

Posted by mbowen at December 10, 2004 08:44 AM

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Thank you for the wonderful story. I can't wait to share it with my family and friends.

Posted by: Janette at December 10, 2004 09:14 AM