A cobbler and a priest died. The cobbler was hard working, totally immersed in his work all the time. The priest spent most of his time in prayer and meditation, and was venerated for his piety and holiness.

Both the souls went to the Pearly Gate of Heaven. The cobbler was admitted immediately into heaven while the priest was asked to wait.

The priest waited for some time and was becoming irritable. He complained to St. Peter, who was guarding the heavenly gate: "How is it that you admitted the cobbler immediately into heaven? He never attended church services and never prayed. I, who had spent most of my time in prayer and contemplation, have been asked to wait, is this fair?"

St. Peter answered: "You are wrong. The cobbler did pray to the Lord with only one sentence everyday before going to bed. Our Lord was much pleased with his one sentence prayer."

1. Can you guess the cobbler's prayer?
2. What is the implication of this story?

***Check with our answers only after you have tried to come up with your own.

1. "Oh Lord, I had no time to pray. Please forgive me."
2. Sincerity is regarded more valuable in the spiritual realm than mere rituals and prayer. So here we can learn how to pray to God. This kind of story putted into a column of real life inspirational stories.

         Prayer Quotes

  • "Dear God, Touch the individuals around me, Keep them glad and safe. Give them Love, Compassion and Care. Favor them all with Good Health, Peace in Mind and Kindness in their Heart. Particularly the one perusing this message." 
  • "The prayer generally satisfying to God is that made for other people and especially for the poor spirits. Pray for them, in the event that you need your prayers to bring high intrigue." 
  • "You don't need to satisfy others. Simply do what God needs you to do, in light of the fact that toward the day's end, it is just He who can fulfill your heart. Not the endorsement or praise from the others."