George Muller: A Man of Prayer

Are you being asked by God to do something that is beyond your own abilities? You feel you could quite easily just ‘go under’ and this whole ‘stepping out in faith’ might just be for the birds? I know I have.

Life can be extremely challenging at times when we do step out, but the Lord will sustain and equip us to accomplish His purposes. He will not let us drown. The keys are prayer and trusting in His Word.

There is no greater example of this than the life of the Reverend George Muller. Whenever I read his autobiography I cannot help but feel challenged to be consistently in God’s Word and have a more prayer FILLED life, instead of just moments of prayer. A necessity for all of us who don’t want to drown! Even though he had many responsibilities, this was always a priority for him.

As the pastor of a growing church in Bristol, England, George Muller’s life was filled to overflowing with the needs of others and the needs of his own family, for he refused to take a salary. He wanted to rely solely on the Lord. So he became a man of constant, persevering prayer.

Time after time the Lord met his needs. Because of this he wanted to teach his own congregation to trust in God themselves. During this time the Lord put on his heart to start an orphan home because of the huge number of children that roamed the streets of their city. However, he wrote in his autobiography, that the main reason was to encourage the members of his church.

“If I, being a poor man, simply by prayer and faith obtained, without asking any individual, the finances for establishing and then carrying on an orphan home, this might strengthen the faith of the children of God. It would also be a testimony to the unconverted about the reality of the things of God.”

What started as a means of encouraging the saints grew, over the years, from one smalla1-ashleydown-home4 orphan home to five large orphanages providing food, shelter, education and spiritual training to over 18,000 children over a period of 117 years. Everything provided for by prayer, with God then moving on the hearts of believers! George Muller had many opportunities to be overwhelmed with the task God had given him, but he also knew the keys: prayer and trusting in the promises of God.

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”       Luke 18:1

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”   Ephesians 6:18

I think his autobiography should be a must read for every believer, at least once a year!