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 Prayer Heroes: George Müller 

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George Müller

1805-1898

(also spelled Mueller, Muller)

English Evangelist and Philanthropist; a man of faith and prayer.  

Without ever asking anyone other than God, he received over $7,200,000 dollars (in 1800's money) through prayer alone.

Born in Prussia in 1805, by age 10 George was inventing plans to embezzle the government monies his father had charge of.  His school years were years of drunkenness and immorality.  At age sixteen he was jailed for failing to pay his bills.  

The University he attended had 900 Divinity students.  George said that there were only about nine who truly feared God.  He continued in sin until at age 20 he received Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour.

George married and became a Pastor, but refused his salary when he found out it was collected from "pew-rents."  He decided to live on faith from that time forward.

Müller established Orphanages in Bristol, England, and founded the "Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad."   His life was characterized by prayer, faith, and self-denial in the cause of Christ.

During his lifetime, he established 117 schools which educated more than 120,000 young persons, including orphans.

In 1875, at the age of 70, and until age 87,  he had a 17-year ministry of world-wide Evangelistic tours, which also raised money for his orphanages and the thousands of children in them.

He would live for another six years.  At the time of his death at age 93 in 1898, the Church that he pastored in Bristol had about 2,000 members. __________________

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   "(One of his four rules was:) Never to ask any human being for help, however great the need might be, but to make his wants known to the God who has promised to care for His servants and to hear their prayer."

-Andrew Murray On George Müller   ________________________

"Of flowers of speech he has none, and we hardly think he cares for them; but of the bread of Heaven he has abundance."

-Charles Spurgeon On George Müller   ________________________

"At last I saw Christ as my Saviour.  I believed in Him and gave myself to Him.  The burden rolled from off me, and a great love for Christ filled my soul.  That was more than fifty years ago (at age 20).  I loved Jesus Christ then, but I loved Him more the year after, and more the year after that, and more every year since.

     -George Müller         _____________________________

Living On Faith, Living On Prayer

     The terms "Faith Ministry," "Living On Faith," "Living on Prayer,"and other similar descriptive phrases all go back to George Müller, who made the decision to found and operate his many ministries (including hundreds of Schools and several Orphanages, eventually with thousands of children) without ever asking anyone other than God for money.  During his lifetime he received (and gave away) over $7,200,000 dollars (in 1890's era money) through prayer alone.

     Read almost any book about prayer, and the name of George Müller comes up.  Many of our Prayer Heroes were inspired by his life with God.  Rees Howells was, R. A. Torrey was, Charles Spurgeon was, L'Abri Fellowship was and still is, and Hank Hanegraaff (The Bible Answer Man) quotes him in his book The Covering. We were at first influenced by him through Rees Howells, and then through reading about his own life directly.

-The Prayer Foundation ______________________________

"Reading without meditation is unfruitful; meditation without reading is hurtful; to meditate and to read without prayer upon both is without blessing."

-William Bridge, Puritan Writer 

"Christian meditation (thinking deeply on Scripture) is "the missing link between Bible intake and prayer."   If there was a "secret" to George Müller's prayer life, it was his discovery of the connection between meditation and prayer.  Müller's discovery was that after meditating on Scripture he was more able to experience a meaningful prayertime."

-Donald S. Whitney, "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life" (partial quote and partial paraphrase). ______________________________

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Andrew Murray On George Müller

     "This implicit surrender to God’s Word led him to certain views and conduct in regard to money, which mightily influenced his future life.  They had their root in the conviction that money was a Divine stewardship, and that all money had therefore to be received and dispensed in direct fellowship with God Himself.  This led him to the adoption of the following four great rules:  

     1.  Not to receive any fixed salary, both because in the collecting of it there was often much that was at variance with the freewill offering with which God’s service is to be maintained, and in the receiving of it a danger of placing more dependence on human sources of income than in the living God Himself.  

     2.  Never to ask any human being for help, however great the need might be, but to make his wants known to the God who has promised to care for His servants and to hear their prayer.  

     3.  To take this command (Luke 12: 33) literally, ‘Sell that thou hast and give alms,’ and never to save up money, but to spend all God entrusted to him on God’s poor, on the work of His kingdom.  

     4.  Also to take Romans 8: 8, ‘Owe no man anything,’ literally, and never to buy on credit, or be in debt for anything, but to trust God to provide.

     This mode of living was not easy at first.  But Muller testifies it was most blessed in bringing the soul to rest in God, and drawing it into closer union with Himself when inclined to backslide.  ‘For it will not do, it is not possible, to live in sin, and at the same time, by communion with God, to draw down from heaven everything one needs for the life that now is.’"

(-Excerpted from our page: Andrew Murray On George Müller) ______________________________

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