Powerfull Prayer


Kim and Ray were very close companions. They were neighbours, classmates at school, and later, colleagues at work.

One day, they decided to go on a sea voyage to explore strange lands. They began their voyage in a cruise ship, and travelled far and wide. However, in the course of their trip, the weather turned very destructive. The ship was wrecked in the middle of the ocean. Most of the passengers were killed, but Kim and Ray could swim to a nearby island.

The island was deserted; not even a tree was there. Kim and Ray realized that they could not survive on the island without divine intervention. They decided to pray to God. They wanted to see whose prayer would be more powerful. Kim moved to the eastern tip of the island, knelt down and began to pray there. Ray went to the western tip of the island and prayed there.

Kim prayed to God to give him food to survive. Surprisingly, he got a pile of food, fruits and vegetables on the sea shore.

After two days, he requested for a beautiful girl as his wife, as he was feeling very lonely on the island. In a few hours, there was a ship wreck near the island and a lone survivor; a beautiful girl. Kim married the girl.

Whatever Kim prayed for, was granted to him.

Almost a month after the ship wreck, Kim decided to move back to his hometown. He prayed to God to send him a ship to take him home. Sure enough, there came a ship to take Kim and his wife home.

As the couple was about to enter the ship, Kim heard someone speak to him. It was just a voice. “Are you going alone, leaving your companion of life here?”

Kim was surprised, “May I know who is this and whom you are referring to? I have my wife with me!”

The voice said, “I’m the one to whom you offered your prayers, whom you requested to save your life, and whom you requested food and shelter and of course, a wife!”

Kim knelt down in awe and said, “Thank you God!”

Then Kim remembered about Ray, whom he had forgotten all this time. He was overcome with guilt.

God said to him, “I was not answering your prayers. I was only fulfilling Ray’s prayers. He prayed for only one thing! He said ‘Please fulfill all of Kim’s prayers’. That was his only prayer.”

Kim was in tears and rushed to the other side of the island. He realized that he had not even thought about his best friend Ray, and was happily enjoying his own life.

He could not find Ray there. He asked God, “Where is Ray?”

God replied, “I took him with me. The man with the golden heart should be with me! But I will fulfill all your prayers as I promised him to do so!”

Kim was completely broken. He realized why his friend’s prayers were more powerful. It was because Ray’s prayers were totally selfless.

Indonesia:
Kim dan Ray adalah teman dekat. Mereka bertetangga, satu kelas di sekolah, dan terakhir, rekan sekerja di tempat kerja.

Suatu hari, mereka memutuskan pergi ke seberang lautan untuk mengetahui tempat-tempat baru. Mereka memulai perjalanan dengan kapal layar, dan berjalan ke tempat yang sangat jauh. Namun, dalam perjalanan mereka, cuaca memburuk. Kapal karam di tengah lautan. Sebagian besar penumpang tewas, tapi Kim dan Ray dapat berenang mencapai pulau terdekat.

Pulai itu sepi; bahkan pohon tak ada disana. Kim dan Ray menyadari bahwa mereka tak dapat bertahan hidup di pulau ini tanpa campur tangan Tuhan. Mereka memutuskan untuk berdoa pada Tuhan. Mereka ingin tahu doa siapa yang paling kuat. Kim pindah ke bagian timur pulau, berlutut dan mulai berdoa. Ray pergi ke ujung barang pulau dan berdoa disana.

Kim berdoa pada Tuhan agar memberinya makanan agar dapat hidup. Ajaib, dia mendapatkan tumpukan makanan, buah, dan sayur-sayuran di tepi laut.

Setelah dua hari, dia meminta perempuan cantik untuk menjadi istrinya, sebab ia merasa kesepian di pulau itu. Dalam beberapa jam, sebuah kapal karam dekat pulau itu dan satu orang yang selamat adalah gadis yang cantik. Kim menikahi gadis itu.

Apapun yang diminta Kim, ia selalu mendapatkannya.

Hampir sebulan sejak kapal karam, Kim ingin memutuskan untuk kembali ke kotanya. Dia berdoa pada Tuhan untuk mengirimkan kapal agar dia dapat pulang. Sebuah kapal benar-benar datang untuk membawa Kim dan isitrinya pulang.

Ketika pasangan itu hampir masuk ke kapal, Kim mendengar suara seseorang berbicara kepadanya. Yang didengarnya hanya suara. “Apakah kamu akan pergi sendirian, meninggalkan temanmu hidup sendirian disini?”

Kim terkejut, “Bolehkan aku tahu siapa ini dan siapa yang kamu maksud? Aku sudah mengajak istriku!”

Suara itu menjawab, “Aku adalah yang kamu minta untuk mengabulkan doa-doamu, kepada siapa kamu minta untuk menyelamatkan hidupmu, dan kepada siapa kamu meminta makanan dan tempat perlindungan dan tentu saja juga istri!”

Kim tentu saja berlutut dan berkata, “Terima kasih Tuhan!”

Lantas Kim ingat tentang Ray, yang telah dilupakannya. Dia dipenuhi rasa penyesalan.

Tuhan berkata padanya, “Aku tidak mengabulkan doamu,  Aku hanya memenuhi permintaan doa Ray. Dia hanya berdoa satu hal! Dia berkata ‘Kabulkan segala doa Kim’. Doanya cuma itu.”

Kim berurai air mata dan secepatnya menuju bagian lain pulau itu. Dia sadar bahwa dirinya sama sekali tidak memikirkan temannya Ray, dan sibuk bergembira menikmati dirinya sendiri.

Dia tidak menemukan Ray dimana pun. Ia bertanya pada Tuhan, “Dimana  Ray?”

Tuhan menjawab, “Aku mengambilnya untuk diriku sendiri. Manusia berhati emas sudah seharusnya bersamaku! Tapi Aku tetap akan mengabulkan doamu karena sudah berjanji pada temanmu untuk melakukannya!”

Kim benar-benar hancur. Dia menyadari mengapa doa temannya lebih dikabulkan. Itu karena doa Ray tidak egois.

Powerfull Prayer Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Yohanes Octa

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