Bill Johnson talked about writing down three things to diversify your “prayer investments”: something that will probably happen, something that is possible, and something that is impossible. I did this and saw things happen, so I started to teach this to my students, too.
I led my junior high and high school classes to write down the three things. I told them to pay attention during the week and said that even if what they wrote was outlandish, God might do something that would surprise them. One kid, a bit of jokester, said that within the next week he wanted to fly around in outer space. I thought, Of course, that’s going to be impossible.
When my high school class rolled around again, I asked if anything fun had happened. The boy who wrote about being an astronaut raised his hand. He said, “This is really strange, but a few days after I wrote that, my father approached me and said, ‘Hey, son, did you see the newspaper article?’ I didn’t see it, but he said they were looking for volunteer astronauts to go into outer space.” The boy was so surprised and kept saying, “This is so strange. This is bizarre.”
Then a girl from my junior high class approached me. She said that a couple of months ago she wanted to reach the next training level on her gymnastics team, but her coaches said she had to wait until next year. She had written this as her “impossible” thing. A few days after she wrote it, the coaches met with her and said that even though they originally said she couldn’t move up, they wanted to put her on the next level immediately. She ended up being the best in the group, and she now qualifies for championships in the summertime.