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I hope in God, I pray on, and look yet for the answer. They are not converted yet, but they will be.
He was a man of faith and prayer…
In November of 1844, George Müller began praying for the conversion of five specific men. Eighteen months later, the first was saved. Five more years, and the second became a Christian; then, six years beyond that, the third. Thirty six years later, Müller was still praying daily for the remaining two. One of these surrendered to the Lord before Müller’s death in 1898; the other, a few years after Müller died. Thus was the power and resolve of this giant of prayer.
A native of Prussia, Müller was converted at 20 (after some earlier scrapes with the law), and at his father’s urging, he studied for the ministry. He became an itinerant preacherand traveled to England as a missionary. His most remarkable ministry began when, in 1832, he moved to Bristol, where he partnered with Henry Craik in beginning two churches. Müller, who was the less popular of the two, began feeding and biblically instructing the poorer children in the area.A vision for orphan ministry began to develop, and Müller prayed extensively for wisdom in this connection. As was his determined life policy by this time, Müller told God, and no one else, about his needs.
Then, as he prayed, the money, supplies, and workers came in. On April 11, 1836 orphans began to be admitted, by May 18 there were 26 children, and seven months later a second house for girls was opened.
Early each morning, Müller would rise to pray for the daily needs of his orphanage—and the results were astounding. Müller catalogued meticulously the fruit of God’s providence, day by day for years, as in this typical journal entry: “August 23. Today I was again without one single penny, when 3/. was sent from Clapham, with a box of new clothes for the Orphans.”
Müller estimated that, in the course of his ministry, over 50,000 of his prayers were answered, most within the day. And though there were periods with no money in the bank, the children never went without proper instruction and clothes, nor were their meals ever more than 30 minutes late.Prayers were even said over empty plates, with food arriving at the last moment.