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.
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 was 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!
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 3 (2005).