George Muller changes his prayer strategy: To focus in the Bible
“Lord, teach us to pray.”
NKJV Luke 11:1
Dr. Donald Whitney in his Praying the Bible work, relates the shift in prayer that George Muller had. Mueller (1805-1898) was considered one of the greatest men of prayer and faith since the New Testament days. He leads four influential ministries. The best known are his orphanages. During a time when in England, orphans lived in miserable workhouses or on the streets, Mueller took them, fed them, clothed and educated them.
Mueller never made known the needs of his ministry to any person, but to God in prayer. Only through his annual reports people learned the fact that had been supplied through God’s provision. Mueller had over fifty thousand specific recorded answers to prayers in his journals, thirty thousand of which he said were answered the same day or the same hour that he prayed them. This is five hundred definite answers to prayer each year, more than one per day, every single day for sixty years! God funneled over half a billion dollars (in today’s dollars) through his hands in answer to prayer.
George Mueller did not always pray with faith. During his first ten years of ministry, he struggled with prayer, for half an hour, for an hour or more, he battled to get settled and pour his heart before His heavenly Father. He says that he usually began to pray as soon as he woke up and spent all his time till breakfast in prayer. As a result, he spent fifteen minutes till half an hour in prayer and nothing else.
The changed in his prayer life happened when He started using the Bible to pray. His heart became nourished by the truth. So, after entering a sense of communion with God, would he enter into a sense of communion with God. Once he began the practice of conversing with God about what he found in the Word of God, he “scarcely ever” suffered with those problems of prayer again.
Praying through a passage of Scripture as he went “walking about the fields” was the simple method that transformed the daily experience of one of the most famous men of prayer in history. And it can transform your and my prayer life just as easily. We can focus our Bible passage in a way that we interact with God, searching his promises, accepting his conviction over our sin, praying for those in authority, looking to establish God’s will in our prayer concerns and not my feelings and thoughts over God. This strategy requires humbleness, but how can I reach God’s heart pretending that I will instruct Him? How can I teach God into what I believe I should learn?
Job wanted to have his case heard. He wanted to show how innocent he was but God ended up showing him to be silent before God and acknowledge His wisdom. Are we ready to pray with God’s word? I am ready and learning this strategy. It is said that Jesus used it, quoting Psalms and the book of Deuteronomy often.
May God, give you a wonderful Easter blessing and many souls lost coming to serve the King of Kings as a result of your evangelism, missionary zeal and prayers.
Donald Whitney: Praying the Bible. Crossway Wheaton Illinois. 2015 Pgs. 81-83