When to Pray…?


There is a story of a sea captain who in his retirement skippered a boat taking day-trippers to Shetland Islands.


On one trip, the boat was full of young people. They laughed at the old captain when they saw him say a prayer before sailing out, because the day was fine and the sea was calm.


However they weren’t long at sea when a storm suddenly blew up and the boat began to roll & pitch violently. The terrified passengers came to the captain and asked him to join them in prayer.


But he replied, I say my prayers when it’s calm. When it’s rough I attend to my ship.”


Here is a lesson for us…


If we cannot seek God in quiet moments of our lives; we are not likely to find him when trouble strikes. We are more likely to panic.


But if we have learnt to seek him and trust him in quiet moments, then most certainly we will find him when the going gets tough!

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3 thoughts on “When to Pray…?

  1. Sanjay chauhan

    Swami-ji, Hari Aum!
    However having faith or remembering God only in difficult times is human nature… But really we should have faith and belief in God in all situations… As He is the one who rules everyone… Very good example of when should we pray… It is always seen in today’s world whenever their is some worst situation people start praying, else very few people worship or have faith in God.

    Hari Aum!

  2. Pr Narendraprana

    Hari Om Swamiji,

    A very true thought. One poet named ‘Rahim’ had also written this thought.

    Thanks with regards.

  3. Chitti Babu

    In the form of a simple story, a significant point is made.Thanks Guruji. The captain is never afraid for he has complete faith in God, and his prayer is to thank God, whereas the youngsters on the boat approach God with a selfish purpose; they are bound to be in anxiety and fear for ever.

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