“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7&8
I am beginning a series called “The ABC’s of Scripture: Stories of Christians Who Lived Them”
So begins my first blog!
George Muller (1805-1898) was a man, who, by the grace of God, began seeking, knocking and asking the Lord for many things throughout his life. Through prayer Muller was able to provide food, lodging and spiritual care to over ten thousand of England’s orphans, with over three thousand won to Christ. He recorded 50,000 specific answers to prayer. 50,000 in his lifetime! He kept meticulous journals and dated the answers to his prayers. No request was too small or too big for God.
“Never give up praying until the answer comes.” George Muller
Never once did he fund raise, but made his requests known to God and God alone. As a result, the Lord moved on the hearts of believers and in his over six decades of ministry the provision of millions of dollars came in for the Muller Orphan Homes, Sunday schools, the printing and distributing of God’s Word, as well as the support of hundreds of missionaries throughout the world.
When he was seventy-one he felt the Lord wanted him to share with others the impact prayer has had on his life and ministry. And so began seventeen years and 200,000 miles of travel where he preached in forty-two countries. One of them was Canada. Imagine doing that in the nineteenth century!
It was 1877 and George and his second wife, Susannah, were sailing across the Atlantic when the ship’s passage was being slowed by dense fog. George told the captain his need to be in Quebec the following Saturday afternoon.
“That’s impossible,” the captain replied and so George suggested they go down to the chart-room to pray.
“Do you not see the density of the fog?” the captain asked him. “My eye,” said George Muller, “is not on the denseness of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstance of my life.” Then he prayed.
Up until that moment the captain considered himself a Christian man, but that encounter with George Muller changed his life. It was such a simple prayer Muller prayed as they knelt together. Nothing eloquent or wordy.
“O Lord,” prayed George, “if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in five minutes. You know the engagement You made for me in Quebec for Saturday. I believe it is your will.”
When he finished the captain was going to pray but George stopped him. “Captain, you do not really believe God will do it. I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years and there has never been a single day that I have failed to gain an audience with the King. Open the door, Captain, and you will find the fog is gone.”
The captain got up and the fog was gone. On Saturday afternoon George Muller was in Quebec.
I would love to hear your stories of answers to prayer! Feel free to contact me.