A friend of mine was sitting next to a young man on a plane who grew up in a very poor village in east Africa. Their country was in great famine, and they were struggling just to survive. At seven years old, his father was killed. At twelve years old, his mother died. He was separated from his brothers and sisters and then sent to live with his grandmother. His grandmother was very old and very sick, so at twelve years old, he became her caretaker. He would get up at five in the morning and study for an hour. He loved to study and read and learn. At six o'clock, he would walk to get water—an hour and a half each way. He would come back, make his grandmother breakfast, and then go to the school in the little village. He got out of school at three o'clock, went home, made his grandmother something else to eat, and then took the three-hour walk once again to get more water.
In the natural, it didn't look like this boy had much of a future. All the odds were against him. He was an orphan living in the slums with no parents and nobody to watch after him. But there was something special about this young man. Deep down, he believed that he was a person of destiny, that he had seeds of greatness on the inside. Every night before going to bed in that little mud hut, he would get down on his knees and say, "Lord, I want to go to college. God, I want to have an education. I want to make a difference with my life."
There were tens of thousands of young children living in the slums all around him. Nobody ever got out. But when you pray bold prayers of faith, it gets God's attention. When you believe, it causes the Creator of the universe to respond.
In that country, the children only went to school through junior high. To attend high school, you had to pay tuition. Ninety-nine percent of the children couldn't afford it. One night at twelve years old, this boy had a dream. In this dream, he saw himself walking through the village to a house about thirty minutes away. At that house, he met a man by the name of Mr. Stanley who was from Belgium. In the dream, Mr. Stanley helped him. When the boy woke up, he remembered the dream so vividly, right down to the smallest detail.
The next morning, he took that thirty-minute walk through the village and saw the exact house that was in his dream. The house was surrounded by guards. He walked up to them and said, "I'm here to see Mr. Stanley." The guards were amazed, even shocked. They said, "How do you know anything about Mr. Stanley?" He said, "I saw him in a dream." Intrigued, Mr. Stanley invited him in and said, "Son, what can I do for you?" The young boy said, "I want to go to school, but I have no money. I'm an orphan. I live in the slums."
Mr. Stanley said, "You go find the best high school you can find, and I'll pay your tuition. I'll give you the books. I'll pay for all your supplies. Anything you need, I'll take care of it."
In high school, the teachers noticed what an excellent student he was and how he loved to learn. They got him an internship at the Parliament working underneath the government officials, the lawmakers. They, too, could see there was something special about him. When he graduated from high school, the government said, "We're going to send you to college in America to study law."
My friend was sitting next to him on the plane. He had just gotten his law degree and was headed back to his country. My friend said to him, "They have groomed you to become the Prime Minister, haven't they?" He smiled and said, "What you are saying, ma'am, is true."
Friends, when you pray bold prayers, you never know where God is going to take you. When you follow the desires He has placed in your heart, He opens supernatural doors. He will connect you to the right people. He will go before you and make the crooked places straight. He will even speak to you in dreams. What you couldn't make happen on your own, God can make happen for you! He is not limited by your background, by what country you come from, by your education or by your talent. Open your heart and mind to Him and believe that He will do exceedingly, abundantly in every area of your life!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV).