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George Muller: Men and Women of Faith Series

As I was thinking about who to study this week, I remembered George Muller, and I couldn’t believe that a man of such faith and prayer hadn’t been featured here yet. Sometimes, I think there are the “spiritual giants” that are spoken of so often we overlook the magnitude of their testimony because we are so accustomed to their stories. So today I would invite you to revisit the life of George Muller with fresh eyes and be convicted and encouraged by his life. 

George was born in Germany in 1805. He had a difficult childhood and resorted to stealing from friends and family at the young age of ten. Eventually, he was arrested and spent time paying his debt to society in jail. A friend he met at the University of Halle was the first person to show him what true Christianity is and later led him to the Lord. While finishing his college education George dreamed of one day becoming a missionary.

Shockingly, when he approached the missions board about going to preach wherever God might send him and living there by faith, they refused to continue supporting him if he did not go where they wanted to send him. He instead took a job at a small parish with only eighteen members. It was there he met Mary, a girl that would become his wife in three short months. 

Mary and George were inspired by her brother’s decision to sell all of his belongings and live with the firm belief that God would provide whatever he needed. The Mullers spent much of their early life growing the church, supporting missionaries, and evangelizing locally. 

Around 1835, George’s heart was burdened for the orphans that abounded in nineteenth-century England. Most orphanages charged a fee to care for children, leaving poor children little other option than to live on the streets and steal. He began to pray for funds to start an orphanage designed to train children in a trade. Then,
Miraculously, without sending any word out that he needed help, funds began to arrive!

Most of you know the story from here; he did receive the funds to start an orphanage and kept it running for over two decades. The orphanage itself cared for orphans for one hundred fifty years, long after Muller had passed. 

What set George apart from many, was his strong faith that God not only hears but also answers our prayers. He refused to ask for funds to support the orphanage, choosing rather to spend hours every day praying and rest believing that God would come through. He always did. 

Some of George’s most profound words give us but an inkling of the man of faith that he was:

“I had a secret satisfaction in the greatness of the difficulties which were in the way. So far from being cast down on account of them, they delighted my soul."

“It is not enough for the believer to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray. We must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing."

"Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power ends.”

There are many more wise words from this man of faith. May we be encouraged to take up the mantle of prevailing prayer with renewed fervor this week!

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