Friday, March 26, 2010
George Muller and God's Will
George Muller (1805-1898) was a champion of prayer. His indomitable trust in a loving, listening, capable Heavenly Father sponsored numerous orphanages in Britain through seemingly impossible challenges.
He knew that he must be clean before God, and that above all else he must develop an intimacy with the Father, over time and experience, which would show him how to come into agreement with the Father's will.
Consider Muller's six points on discerning the will of God:
1) I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter.
2) Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If I do so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
3) I seek the will of the Spirit, through or in connection with, the Word of God.
4) Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God's will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
5) I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.
6) Thus, through prayer to God, the study of His Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge.
Armed only with this simple and trusting approach, Muller partnered with the Most High and saw limitless last-minute victories, without doubt or panic. He breathed exciting life and example into the promise of the Apostle John's first letter:
1 John 5:
14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.