In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendor all day long.
- Psalm 71:1-8
“Nov. 11 : It came in today, by the first two deliveries £8, but the Lord increased the income to more than £200 this day. I am never discouraged by very little only coming in, but say to myself, and also my dear helpers, ‘More prayer, more patience, and more exercise of faith will bring greater blessing’; for thus I have invariably found it, since October 30, 1830, now 63 years ago, since I began this life of entire dependence upon God for everything.”
- George Müller, Answers to Prayer
First let’s not quibble over George Müller’s math. He had barely begun the 63rd year in his ministry at that point, by a mere 12 days, but he claimed a full 63 years, not 62 years, 12 days. Then again, with most of us, we’d be doing more grumbling when there was a shortage of money in the accounts. Elsewhere in the book, near the end of his life, he stated that it took slightly over £90 to feed the children each day.
Then I look at my wife’s and my meager bank balance, and I cringe. We have sources of income, where George Müller had an orphan box. Yet, it will take more time on my knees, again today.
What will that prayer on my knees accomplish? For one, a miracle might happen, but I have figured out part of the problem. With more time in prayer, there will be more time for God to respond to our requests. My nerves will be calmer. My blood pressure will be lower. And my patience will be greater. Spending time in prayer has much more benefits than mere answers to our requests.
But getting back to the topic of faith, it is one thing to intellectually know that God has this. Whatever “this” is in your life. It is something extra, to know, without doubt, that God has this – that knowing that can only come from the heart.
George Müller had 63, sort of, years of practice when he wrote the statement above in his ledger. I have a long way to go, and I am still not entirely dependent on God.
Are you entirely dependent on God, with no sources of income other than donations? If you say that you are, do you ask people to give more? If yes, are you dependent on God or people and an effective stewardship campaign? What struck me in the book was that George Müller said in his book that he never asked people for money, he simply prayed. Simple does not seem to match the efficacy of his prayers. He powerfully prayed.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.