Make it a daily habit to pray without ceasing! – The George Muller story reveals the power of prayer
Prayer is a gift so great, which any of us take for granted. Combined, prayer and faith the size of a mustard seed, Jesus said, can move mountains (Matt 17:20). Realizing this and tapping into the true potential of prayer can truly turn your life around.
Case Study: The George Muller story
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George Muller lived during the mid- and late 19th century, but his work for Christ is still relevant today. His remarkable blessings and the answers to his prayers almost seem outlandish in their supernatural power. At one point, Muller prayed for financial assistance and received 1,500,000 pounds, with no one even knowing his need, an amount which increases by almost 50 times in today’s currency. Even today, the George Muller Charitable Trust continues to receive donations on an almost daily basis, though they never ask or advertise for donations, The money is used to assist both the elderly and missionaries around the world.
Muller’s story begins in 1810, when he and his family lived in Prussia. Muller’s parents were very lenient and their parents bestowed upon them a generous sum of money. Though Muller was encouraged to keep records of his spending habits, he did not, and he ended up stealing from his father, as well as signing debts in his father’s name. Once his actions were found out, Muller was still unrepentant, and so he was sent by his parents to a classical school to be educated in the ways of the clergy. Though he was an excellent student, he was still a compulsive thief. He eventually embarked on a journey of sorts, traveling from hotel to hotel with a bevy of women, piling on the debts and never paying them. Eventually, his debts landed him in prison, where he waited until his father bailed him out, settling his debts. However, Muller had still not learned, and almost immediately began wracking up more debt. He went on to Hale University to study theology, where he and a few friends began a forgery business to earn money to go on vacations. On one such vacation to Switzerland, a friend told him of a prayer meeting he was going to and invited Muller to go along. It was that simple meeting which changed Muller’s life.
Muller continued his theological studies in a different light, and then decided to devote his life to missionary work. Unfortunately, this decision did not please his father, who immediately cut Muller off. Muller found a job teaching German to American professors, which then supported him. The one thing standing in the way of his missionary work was his inability to obtain a passport to attend missionary school in London, as he was required to complete obligatory military service to obtain the passport. He signed up for the army and was declared medically unfit, however, leaving him free and clear to obtain his passport and travel to London. It was there that he became seriously ill and another change occurred in his life.
Muller resigned from missionary school and began preaching, and eventually accepted a pastoral position. He married and then founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution, which instantly became a huge success, receiving large donations in order to meet the institution’s needs, and enabling them to support missionaries all over the world, with the help of individuals and churches alike.
Essential quotes by George Muller:
The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.
I hope in God, I pray on, and look yet for the answer. They are not converted yet, but they will be.
How important it is to ascertain the will of God, before we undertake anything, because we are then not only blessed in our own souls, but also the work of our hands will prosper.