Prayer: So Easy To Talk About, Yet So Hard To Do (Part 6)



One morning the plates and cups and bowls on the table were empty.  There was no food in the larder, and no money to buy food.  The thirty children were standing, waiting for their morning meal, when George Mueller said, “Children, you know we must be in time for school.”

Lifting his hand he said, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”

There was a knock on the door.  The baker stood there, and said, “Mr. Mueller, I couldn’t sleep last night.  Somehow I felt you didn’t have bread for breakfast and the Lord wanted me to send you some.  So I got up at 2 a.m. and baked some fresh bread, and have brought it.”

Mueller thanked the man.

No sooner had this transpired than there was a second knock at the door.  It was the milkman.  He announced that his milk cart had broken down right in front of the Orphanage, and he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk so he could empty his wagon and repair it.

(Life and Ministry of George Mueller by Ed Reese, Reese Publictions, Christian Hall of Fame Series)

George Mueller (1805 – 1898) pastored the same Baptist church in Bristol, England, for over sixty-six years. Yet, he is best known for his orphan ministry, with stories like the above being common in his life. His orphanages cared for over 10,000 orphans at a time when destitute children were locked up in prisons to keep them off the streets.

Armed only with prayer and faith, he went through daily spiritual battles to provide for the increasing number of orphans under his care. He admitted his faith was nothing special and any believer could do it. What he did was simple enough in that he meditated in scriptures and then prayed the promises before God’s throne. He continued praying until He had peace about his prayers being answered by God.

God never failed him.

Near the end of his life, Mueller stated he had received over 50,000 answers to specific prayers from God. The amazing thing is that George Mueller never once asked people for money. Never once. Every prayer request was made alone before God.

Thousands of believers have been encouraged by the many books on George Mueller’s life. We’ll talk about one of them next time.

(Continued in Part 7)


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16 responses to “Prayer: So Easy To Talk About, Yet So Hard To Do (Part 6)

  1. Yes. prayer works. Honestly I don’t know how people get along in this world without it.

  2. I’ve heard that story before. it’s amazing! My faith is so weak compared to that.

  3. Naphtali,

    Thanks. I agree with you.

  4. letnothingbewasted,

    Most of us are probably weak in faith compared to Mueller, but we also have all the same tools he had. We just to need to make up our minds and jump out of our boats and walk on the water with Jesus.

  5. ……pastored the same Baptist church in Bristol, England, for over sixty-six years……

    Apart from his faith in God and His promises, I believe his commitment to staying where God put him was part of the reason why God moved so powerfully.

    The church just a few yards up the street where I live started in 1947 … 66 years ago! .Since that time they’ve had 23 pastors. That’s an average of one every 2.8 years. History shows that In all that time they’ve been no witness to anyone but themselves.

    Thanks for these great men and women of faith.

  6. This inspires me. I use to be so connected to god in belief and prayer that god would answer my every thought and wonder immediately and he would move heaven and earth before my very eyes. Then life happened and happened and happened until that special bond was torn in two. Those were the happiest days of my life when Jesus and I would go about doing good. Now it seems a thing of the past never to return. My heart has been so heavy and sad. But your post has inspired me to dare to believe again. Thank you Larry!!

  7. Roger Williams,

    Not only was Mueller the pastor at the same church for sixty-six years where he preached three times each week, he declined to take a salary. He was certainly not wealthy, but he believed he needed to trust God for every part of his life. Quite a man of God and like you said, “He made a deep commitment to his church and city.”

  8. Prodigal Chick,

    If you want to see God do miracles for you, He’s ready right now to do them. He’s not worried about where you’ve been or what you did, He’s your Daddy. No one knows you better or loves you more than Him. Don’t worry, you don’t have to take a backseat and work your way up to the front, He’ll seat you right next to Him. And guess what? He will make your greatest desire happen when no one else can.

  9. Thank you Larry. You have helped so much!! Bless you and yours!!

  10. This is so good, Mr. Larry. Thank you for sharing about Mr. Mueller and his prayer life . ..something that we can have too! God bless you!

  11. Debbie,

    Thanks. I read this story about George Mueller as a new Christian, it has inspired me many times.

  12. George Mueller has become a type of mentor for me. I’ve tested many of his assertions and discovered that God does indeed provide what is needed when it is needed. What an excellent Father He is! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this. It is encouraging – and a reminder that I needed today. 🙂

  13. lessonsbyheart,

    The term – mentor – is a great term to use for George Mueller. He is certainly that for all of us. Thanks.

  14. A great story to remind us that He is always faithful no matter the circumstance we find ourselves in – George Mueller is a classic example of a man who believed that God can – Thanks Darrell

  15. Darrell,

    Thanks. Mueller was influential in my life from early on.

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