“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” – Luke 6:12-16
Being the member of a prayer group or of a church which teaches the truth is always a marvelous blessing, and in fact it is something which many Christians living in certain parts of the world dream of having. But, we learn ‘how to pray’, when we are alone and absent from the crowd, but being present before God. Often, prayers made in private are louder to God than the ones made when we are in a church or a prayer-meeting. The late Mr. E. M. Bounds puts it really well, “Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.”
“…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.” C. H. Spurgeon
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26
Let us see some glimpses of the life of George Muller, a fervent believer in the power of prayer. The late Mr. George Muller was a Christian evangelist and also the Director of the famous Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol, England. He was a man of tremendous faith in the power of prayer, and he started his mission of building the orphanages by believing that God, in His timing, would provide him with all that is needed for the orphan children. He relied only upon the promises of God, and not once he was disappointed. He tells that though there were situations when his faith was being tested, at least, at the very end, God always did answer him. He goes on telling that, those few trials were essential for strengthening his faith, and also in realizing the importance of being patient in prayer.
“I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming. Thousands and tens of thousands of times have my prayers been answered. When once I am persuaded that a thing is right and for the glory of God, I go on praying for it until the answer comes. George Muller never gives up!” – George Muller