Each Saturday we draw on the insights of Christian leaders and thinkers from the past.

This month, we spend time with George Müller (1805 – 1898), an evangelist and director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England. Müller and his team – with only dependence on prayer to unlock the provision of God – cared for over 10,000 orphans and established 117 schools which offered education to more than 120,000. Our readings are from George’s inspiring diary.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-34

“Our money was reduced to about eight shillings. When I was praying with my wife that morning, the Lord brought to my mind the state of our purse, and I was led to ask Him for some money. About four hours after, we were with a sister at Bishopsteignton, and she said to me, ‘Do you want any money?’ I said, ‘I told the brethren, dear sister, when I gave up my salary, that I would for the future tell the Lord only about my wants.’ She replied, ‘But He has told me to give you some money. About a fortnight ago I asked Him what I should do for Him, and He told me to give you some money; and last Saturday it came again powerfully to my mind, and has not left me since, and I felt it so forcibly last night that I could not help speaking of it….’ My heart rejoiced, seeing the Lord’s faithfulness, but I thought it better not to tell her about our circumstances, lest she be influenced to give accordingly…. I therefore turned the conversation to other subjects, but when I left she gave me two guineas. We were full of joy on account of the goodness of the Lord.

“I would call upon the reader to admire the gentleness of the Lord, that He did not try our faith much at the commencement, but gave us first encouragement, and allowed us to see His willingness to help us, before He was pleased to try it more fully.”

Where has God proven Himself faithful to meet my needs? What has that awakened in me?

— George Müller

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