The Ship­wreck

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A ship was wrecked dur­ing a storm at sea and only two of the men man­aged to swim to a small, desert-like is­land. Not know­ing what else to do, the two sur­vivors agreed 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 could eat its fruit. The other man’s land re­mained bar­ren. Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next day, like magic, these were given to him. How­ever, the sec­ond man still had noth­ing. Fi­nally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he could leave the is­land. In the morn­ing, he found a ship docked at his side of the is­land. The first man boarded the ship 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.” – Pas­tor Ian Davey, Cen­tral Gold­fields Wes­leyan Methodist Church, Heath­cote.

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