Once upon a time there was an old sailor. He would travel the world in his ship along with his team of sailors. Since he was the most tenured of all the sailors, he was also the captain of the ship.
When the ship was in the ocean, every day the captain would pray for thirty minutes just after waking up and then he would take charge of the ship from the second officer. He would repeat the same ritual at the end of the day too after giving the charge to the second officer.
The captain use to sit right on the front deck and pray for the safety of this ship and those on board the ship. The junior sailors always made fun of the captain that he believes way too much in the God and that he never joined them for drinks at the end of the shift. The sailors would often taunt the captain why does he pray when the ocean is calm. The captain would simply smile and continue with his rituals.
Once the ship got caught in a very bad storm in the middle of the night. The storm was so strong that it appeared that the ship would break in two pieces and drown. Nothing that the sailors did seem to work and then started panicking. When the storm did not subside the sailors started praying and asked for God’s help to protect them. When all the young sailors were praying the captain was at the wheel and continued to work hard to navigate the storm.
All the young sailors said that the effort was useless and the ship will drown. They asked the captain why is he not joining them for the prayers. The captain replied- “I pray with words when the ocean is calm, but when there is a storm my actions are my best prayers.” Ultimately, the storm subsided and the sailors learned a good lesson that night. Prayer can be done in both words and actions.