In 1909, a young Leonora Wood volunteered to go to the Appalachian Mountains to teach in a one-room mission school. There, in the impoverished town of Del Rio, Tennessee, she became something of a living legend thanks to her deep faith in the power of prayer. Leonora knew how to turn dreams into prayer and prayer into dreams, and she believed we must step toward our goals in God’s presence through prayer.
Raymond Thomas was a foster teen who often stopped at Leonora’s cabin in his knee-high clodhoppers to talk with her as she sat on the front porch shelling peas or darning socks. Raymond’s seemingly impossible dream was to go to college.
Raymond asked Leonora to offer a “dreaming prayer” for him, and her prayer went like this: “Father, you’ve given Raymond a fine mind. We believe you want that mind to be developed, that you want Raymond’s potential to be used to help you lift and lighten some portion of your world. Since all the wealth of the world is yours, please help Raymond find everything he needs for an education.”
But she wasn’t done.
“And Father, we also believe you have even bigger plans for Raymond. Plant in his mind and heart the vivid pictures, the specific dreams that reflect your plans for him after college. And oh, give him joy in dreaming—great joy.”
This is an adaptation of Dr. Jeremiah’s upcoming book, Forward.
Dr. David Jeremiah is among the best-known Christian leaders in the world. He serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, and is the founder and host of Turning Point. Turning Point’s 30-minute radio program is heard on more than 2,200 radio stations daily. A New York Times bestselling author and Gold Medallion winner, he has written more than 50 books.