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I have a confession to make. Here goes…
I was at a church meeting this week. Among other things, we were discussing whether and how to proceed on a particular matter. There were many suggestions and much discussion, but in the end we decided to give it some more thought and revisit the matter at our next meeting.
Here’s the problem: To our shame (and I am definitely included in the shame part), not one of us thought to suggest that we pray about it.
Is it shocking that a group of believers did not voice the desire to ask our Heavenly Father for wisdom and guidance when we say that we believe in the power of prayer?
Is it surprising that we did not suggest prayer as a viable and ultimately the best solution?
Unfortunately, no. The tendency in our Western churches is to rely on our abundant resources rather than on the God who provides them.
Here’s a quick run-down of Müller’s accomplishments:
- Müller opened the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England, and cared for more than 10,000 orphans.
- He established over a hundred schools dedicated to providing Christian education to over 120,000 children, most of whom were orphans.
- At age 70, he began an seventeen-year-long evangelism tour that took him all over the world. He travelled over 200,00 miles (320,000 kilometers) in those years — quite an impressive feat considering airplanes hadn’t been invented yet.
- He distributed over 285,000 Bibles, over 1.4 million New Testaments, and almost 250,000 other religious texts and supported missionaries around the world, including Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission (now known as OMF International).
- At the time of his death at 92 years old, he had disbursed over 90 million British pounds in today’s currency value (almost 150 million Canadian dollars).
How did he do it? 100% through prayer.
The Great Secret of Success
Has God given you big, seemingly impossible plans for how you can glorify him? Do you have an obstacle you need to get through? Is anything troubling you? Are you concerned about the hardened hearts of family members, friends, and neighbours?
Bring your plans and concerns to the Lord. He will provide everything you need from his glorious riches (Philippians 4:19). Here’s a good starting prayer:
“Let us, your servants, see you work again;
let our children see your glory.
And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful!”
Psalm 19:16-17 (NLT)