Who has prayed for you today?

Who has prayed for you today?




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 island.

The two survivors, not knowing what else to do,

agree that they had no other recourse but to pray to God.

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, there was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, again 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 answered.

As the ship was about to leave,

the first man heard a voice from heaven booming,

"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 blessings."

"Tell me, O God,"

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 !"

o u r      b  l  e  s  s  i  n  g  s

may not be the fruits of our prayers,

it may be the result of prayers by someone else !



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