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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. 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, 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 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.

This is too good not to share. With obedience come blessings. My prayer for
you today is that all your prayers are answered. Be blessed.

"What you do for others is more important than what you do for yourself"

A friend shared this with me, I hope you will share with your friends, if
you choose to do so. Have a great day!
 

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That was one of the best things I have read in a LONG time!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!
 

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I am fortunate to have a wonderful friend who does her daily devotional early. When I wake up, I come to the computer, and I find scripture and inspirational reading from her daily. I check this, then check SM before I start my day. Today, when I received this about prayer, I thought of all the wonderful friends on SM who pray for each other.
 

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This is great! I loved it. Sometimes I get so caught up in myself that I forget that when I pray for others and they are blessed then I in turn am blessed. Thanks again for the nudge to remember what I already knew but sometimes forget to put into practice. God is Awesome!!! ~ Jackie
 

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With the hurricane threatening so many people, I think this prayer is even more important today, as it does give us something to do to help them with their plight.
Let's all continue to pray for their safety. And, after it's over, know that there are many supplies these people will need, so see if your church or civic organization has a collection point to send things to them. Items such as diapers, diaper wipes, cleaning supplies, and personal grooming items are just a few things that come to mind at this time.
 

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Originally posted by debinmo64@Aug 28 2005, 06:45 PM
Isn't it wonderful to know that in doing such a very simple thing as praying and lifting other ppl up that you are blessed in return? Our God is an AWESOME GOD and to know that He gave up His only Son for all of us! WOW! Thank Him today!
Hugs to all the members of this wonderful forum that do exactly that! 

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Totally Awesome!!
 
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