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 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, there was a woman who swam to his side of the
island. On the other side of the island, there
was nothing. Soon the first man prayed for a
house, clothes and 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.
“You are mistaken!”
the voice rebuked him. “He had only one prayer
which I answered. He prayed that all of your prayers
For all we know, our
blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone,
but those of another praying for us.
Oftentimes you hear parents telling their children
on their wedding
day, “We have been praying for this day since before
you were born.” Prayer is powerful because our
God is powerful. Who will you pray for
- Selected and adapted; via The Encourager, the
weekly bulletin for the Calvert City Church of
Christ, Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle
preaches for the congregation. He may be
contacted through the congregation's website: