There once was a ship in the middle of a ferocious storm. Everyone knew they were in grave danger of sinking, and were working madly to keep the vessel afloat. For hours, mighty waves thrashed the deck over and over, and the torrential winds threatened to shatter the mast at any moment.
Finally, the grizzled old captain called out to the crew. "Does anyone here know how to pray?"
One man, a brave young sailor on his first voyage, stepped forward. He was thinking of the passage in the New Testament that recounted how Jesus calmed a storm with one word and saved the lives of his terrified disciples. "Yes sir," he said. "I know how to pray."
"Wonderful!" the captain bellowed. "Then you pray while the rest of us put on life jackets. We're one short."