George Mueller - A Life of Prayer

"The children are dressed and ready for school. But there is no food for them to eat," the housemother of the orphanage informed George Mueller. George asked her to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables. He thanked God for the food and waited. George knew God would provide food for the children as he always did. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. "Mr. Mueller," 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, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.

George Mueller was not always a person of such great faith and good character. As a young boy growing up in Germany in the early 1800’s he got into all kinds of trouble living a life away from God. As a young man of 20 years a friend invited him to a Bible study. To his surprise, he liked the Bible study. For the first time, he saw people who really knew and loved God and by the end of the week, he knelt at his bed and asked God to forgive him.

George's friends saw a change in him immediately. He spent more time reading his Bible, talking about God, and going to church. Soon he found that his friends did not want to be around him anymore. His Father was also not happy about this transformation and stopped financially supporting George. However, this didn’t stop George from obeying God’s call on his life. With his faith bolstered he went back to college and trusted God would provide. When he needed something he prayed and ask for God’s help and it was the beginning of George’s dependence on God.

After finishing college, George was ready to begin his missionary work in London, England where he became a pastor of a small church. The church wanted to pay him a good salary but he declined. He trusted God to meet his needs, and God did. George and his family never missed a meal and were always able to pay their rent.

Each day as George walked the streets, he saw children everywhere who had no mum or dad. They lived on the streets or in state-run poorhouses, where they were treated badly. George felt God calling him to open an orphanage to take care of the children.

George prayed, asking God to provide a building, people to oversee it, furniture, and money for food and clothing. God answered his prayers. The needs of the orphanage were met each day. Sometimes a wealthy person would send a large amount of money, or a child would give a small amount received as a gift or for doing chores. Many times food, supplies or money came at the last minute, but God always provided without George telling anyone about his needs. He just prayed and waited on God.

More than 10,000 children lived in the orphanage over the years. When each child became old enough to live on his own, George would pray with him and put a Bible in his right hand and a coin in his left. He explained to the young person that if he held onto what was in his right hand, God would always make sure there was something in his left hand as well. He also started 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 students. In 1875, when George was 70 years of age, he led Missionary Tours and during the next twenty years he preached to more than 3 million people in 42 countries around the world!

His vision continues today as Christians around the world are inspired by his faith to depend on God to meet their needs and the needs of helpless children. There is no doubt that this hero of the faith is a worthy House Patron. Go Mueller!!

Benge, Janet and Geoff, George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol Orphans, YWAM Publishing, USA, 1999
George Mueller: Orphanages Built by Prayer, Church History For Kids,