The subject of my lecture is "Living a Life of Faith thru Prayer" and I focus on the life experiences and journals of George Müller, a 19th century Christian evangelist from England. His life of prayer is an inspiration and I recommend reading his autobiography.
He opened 5 orphanage houses in England and he was well known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.
Through all this, Müller never made requests for financial support, nor did he go into debt, even though the five homes cost over £100,000 to build. Many times, he received unsolicited food donations only hours before they were needed to feed the children, further strengthening his faith in God.
For example, on one well-documented occasion, they gave thanks for breakfast when all the children were sitting at the table, even though there was nothing to eat in the house. As they finished praying, the baker knocked on the door with sufficient fresh bread to feed everyone, and the milkman gave them plenty of fresh milk because his cart broke down in front of the orphanage.
This way of living brings the Lord remarkably near. Morning by morning, He inspects our supplies that He may send help as it is needed.
I have never had a greater awareness of the Lord's presence than when after breakfast nothing is left for dinner, and then the Lord provided the dinner for more than one hundred people; or when, after dinner, there was nothing for the tea, and yet the Lord provided the tea --- all this without one single human being having been informed about our need.
One thing is certain --- we are not tired of doing the Lord's work this way. page 130Although he never asked any person (only God) for anything, Müller asked those who did support his work to give a name and address in order that a receipt might be given. After all, "true Spirituality is proving God as your supply, daily - not just once in a while."
Müller prayed about EVERYTHING and EXPECTED each prayer to be answered, which he documented in his journals. He knew that God would provide:
When sight ceases, it is the time for faith to work. The greater the difficulties, the easier it is for faith. As long as human possibilities for success remain, faith does not accomplish things as easily as when all natural prospects fail. page 187Müller's faith in God strengthened day by day and he spent hours in daily prayer and Bible reading. When he eventually passed in his 90s (which an incredible age to reach in the 1800s), he had lived an amazing life of prayer. He is truly an inspiration of intuitive faith and utilization of Spiritual Natural Law.