A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men George and John who were 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.
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 George did was pray for food. The next morning, George saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The But John’s parcel of land remained barren.
After a week, George 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 George prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next day,they appeared, all of these were given to him. However, John still had nothing.
Finally, George prayed for a ship, so that his wife and he could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island.
George boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave John on the island.
He considered John unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.
As the ship was about to leave, George 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,” George 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,” George 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.
For the Christian Prayer is not an option, but an opportunity to share in the Heart of God.