Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
Why Read This Book
In regeneration all Christians are given the faith to believe the gospel. However, 1 Corinthians 12:9 does mention a special and distinct gift of faith, and Paul makes it clear that not all Christians are given this special gift of faith. I think that George Müller was given the gift of faith by the Holy Spirit.
However, I want to make it clear that this was not the view of Mr. Müller himself. As you will read in this book, in 1842 he wrote,
"Think not, dear reader, that I have the gift of faith, that is, the gift of which we read in 1 Cor. xii.9. . .Oh! I beseech you, do not think of me an extraordinary believer, having privileges above other of God's dear children . . ."
Either way, his faith was the foundation of his prayer life, and those prayers, with the Lord's answers, are what built and maintained the Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol, England.
In R. A. Torrey's book, The Power of Prayer, he writes as follows:"
"One of the mightiest men of prayer of the last generation was George Mueller of Bristol, England, who in the last sixty years of his life (he lived to be ninety-two or ninety-three) obtained the English equivalent of $7,200,000.00 by prayer.
"But George Mueller never prayed for a thing just because he wanted it, or even just because he felt it was greatly needed for God's work. When it was laid upon George Mueller's heart to pray for anything, he would search the Scriptures to find if there was some promise that covered the case.
"Sometimes he would search the scriptures for days before he presented his petition to God. And then when he found the promise, with his open Bible before him, and his finger upon that promise, he would plead that promise, and so he received what he asked. He always prayed with an open Bible before him."
In this book Mr. Brooks has compiled numerous incidents and practical remarks as written by George Müller himself. No changes have been made by Mr. Brooks or by us in this reprint. Mr. Müller himself set down the following requirement for the use of his narratives:
"If the extracts are given exactly as printed, and the punctuation exactly as in the book and in the connection in which the facts stand, I have no objection."
The book we have reproduced in its entirety here was published by Moody Press, Chicago, #104 in the Colportage Library (no date).
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