Mueller on Prayer

On Sunday I quoted George Mueller, from A.T. Pierson’s work, George Mueller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith. If you are not familiar, George Mueller is known the world over because of his great trust and reliance on God, especially in prayer. John Piper gave an excellent synopsis of his life (audio and print) at the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference – check it out.

Mueller points to a critical attitude necessary to rely on God in prayer:

There was a day when I died, utterly died — died to George Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends — and since then I have only to show myself approved to God.

Now, not all of his prayers were answered the way he wanted. This is not a technique to get God to do what you want. But it is a heart attitude that prepares us to lean on God, knowing that He is the perfect Father who loves us more than we can imagine, and proved it by sending Jesus.

Was it worth it? Let’s allow Mueller speak for himself:

My dear Christian reader, will you not try this way? Will you not know for yourself . . . the preciousness and the happiness of this way of casting all your cares and burdens and necessities upon God? This way is as open to you as to me. . . . Every one is invited and commanded to trust in the Lord, to trust in Him with all his heart, and to cast his burden upon Him, and to call upon Him in the day of trouble. Will you not do this, my dear brethren in Christ? I long that you may do so. I desire that you may taste the sweetness of that state of heart, in which, while surrounded by difficulties and necessities, you can yet be at peace, because you know that the living God, your Father in heaven, cares for you.

(Quoted from George Mueller, A Narrative of Some of the Lord’s Dealing with George Mueller, Written by Himself, Jehovah Magnified. Addresses by George Mueller Complete and Unabridged, 2 vols. (Muskegon, Mich.: Dust and Ashes, 2003), 1:646.)

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