Prayer & Devotion, Trusting God

Don’t Just Pray … Pray Believing

cold prayerThis past Sunday, my pastor exhorted us to trust God to provide for our needs and to pray in faith. Sometimes, my prayers are weak and feeble, filled with doubt. Do I pray, believing that God can truly answer, even when my circumstances seem bleak and hopeless?

A year and a half ago, my husband and I were given an opportunity to trust God more and pray in faith. He accepted a job, where he worked from home, which seemed to be a good thing at first. But, we soon came to realize that this job required him to be at his computer 20 hours a day, and the remaining 4 hours was spent getting some needed sleep. Time with family and ministry suffered. And, we knew something had to be done. In faith, my husband quit his job. During those months without any income, we still ate and paid all our bills. The numbers didn’t add up, of course, and at the end of the day, our stomachs and hearts were fully satisfied. The Lord still miraculously multiplies loaves and fish today.

So, why is it still hard for me sometimes to pray big when I have a big God who will answer beyond what I can even ask or think? He has done it before for my family during our time of unemployment. He has not changed. He is still faithful.

20140304-215019.jpgSunday’s sermon was exactly what I needed to hear. My pastor shared a story of faithful, courageous prayer … a story that is worth hearing over and over again. It is of George Müller. He had been entrusted by The Lord to run an orphanage in England in the 1800s. During his lifetime, he cared for over 10,000 children.

One particular morning, the children gathered together in the dining room as usual for breakfast, and George Müller thanked God for the food that He will provide. You see, on that morning, when he prayed, the children stared at empty plates. There was no food. But George Müller prayed, believing in God, his Provider.

Only minutes after he finished praying, there was a knock on the door. It was the baker. “Mr. Müller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.”

Soon after, another knock on the door, and this time, it was the milkman with a broken cart right in front of the orphanage. Unable to fix his cart and not wanting all the milk to spoil, he asked George Müller if he could use some free milk.

That day, about 300 children were fed. That day, God answered prayer. And He still does it today.

“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.” –George Müller

 

(Photo credit 1: Keith Riley-Whittingham)
(Photo credit 2: Wikimedia Commons)

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22 thoughts on “Don’t Just Pray … Pray Believing”

  1. Sometimes I let the world suck me in and I compromise what I know is true. It’s rare, but it happens yet in this flesh. Today I needed this very post. To remind me.
    To remind me that I know this strength of faith. We too had God’s glue and miracles holding us together through nearly 2 years of no income and my husband nearly dying from meningitis. I’ve been healed in an instant from the stronghold of depression. I KNOW this faith of strong belief. Yet somehow, I cave in to the world… not even just the secular world… but the mass amount of Christians who live with so little faith. Speaking so little faith. “Oh ye of so little faith!”
    Thanks for this reminder and prompt to pray for forgiveness that my faith waxes and wanes… Never leaving but waning. I do not accept the waning.
    Bless you.
    Heather
    {40YearWanderer}

    1. Thank you for sharing the amazing things that God has done in your life! I am strengthened and spurred on in my faith and encouraged to keep asking, seeking, and knocking when I hear how God has worked in the lives of others.

  2. I love that story. I’m not going to lie, I learned it originally through Veggie Tales. I think it’s such a great testimony though, God provides and answers our prayers.

    1. I haven’t seen that one, but I’ve learned other inspiring stories from Veggie Tales, too! Even with the addition of talking vegetables and witty humor, they usually stay true to the original stories. It does pique my curiosity enough that I start researching what the actual stories are. Thank you for visiting!

    1. Absolutely! That is what is noteworthy about the story … before George Muller uttered one word of prayer, God had already orchestrated the events to provide for those children.

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