The Ship of Friendship

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 who have been a good friends, 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 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 “

Moral: For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us (Congregational Prayer). Value your friends, don’t leave your loved ones behind.

Submitted By: Velma, USA

Rajeev kumar
November 20th, 2014 at 7:47 am

I love it…it’s sooo amazing story…

Ishita Hurum
January 2nd, 2015 at 8:47 pm

True Friends are hard to find….

January 16th, 2015 at 11:12 pm


January 23rd, 2015 at 11:45 pm

very nice story.5 stars for you.
I am eager to know who is the writer

February 3rd, 2015 at 11:31 am

It’s true. True frndz r hard 2 find. So never leave them and never misunderstand.They care for us.

mubi habi
February 8th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

The story which influenced ma heart @this year

shanze fatima
March 4th, 2015 at 7:21 am

it was a marvelous story
keep it up !

krish malhotra
May 2nd, 2015 at 9:24 pm

nice story

May 13th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

******the only relation on earth which never die

May 24th, 2015 at 6:18 am


May 28th, 2015 at 10:18 pm

i juz love this story

Bharti kapoor
June 1st, 2015 at 1:06 pm

So heart touching

June 23rd, 2015 at 3:17 am

emotionally touched

Mary Jane Arcenal
July 4th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Very nice story and very touching..

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