Friday, April 8, 2011

Fw: Answered Prayers

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> Answered Prayers
> 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, 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
> would 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," 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.
>Have a nice day
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