“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matt. 7:7)
George Muëller, a 19th-century evangelist, philanthropist, and man of incredible faith, established five orphanages in Bristol, England. One morning his matron came to him and said, “The children are all ready for breakfast, and there is not a thing in the house to eat. What shall I tell them?” Muëller replied, “I’ll take care of it. Come and see what God will do.” Inside they found 300 children standing behind their chairs. Set on the table in front of each child were a plate, a mug, and spoon, but there was no food whatsoever to be seen. As the children bowed their heads, he simply prayed, “Dear God, we thank You for what You are going to give us to eat.”
Muëller looked up, smiled at the children, and told them to be seated. He had no idea where the food he had just prayed for would come from. There was a knock at the door. In the doorway stood the baker, holding a huge tray of delicious-smelling bread. “I couldn’t sleep last night,” said the baker. “I kept thinking that somehow you would need bread this morning and I was supposed to get up and bake it for you. So I got up at two o’clock and made three batches for you. I hope you can use it.” Muëller smiled broadly. “God has blessed us through you this morning,” he said as he took the tray. “There are two more trays out in the cart,” said the baker. “I’ll fetch them.” Within minutes, the children were all eating freshly baked bread.
Muëller’s fundamental goal was to demonstrate that God hears and answers prayer. He completely depended upon the providence of God. How about you? Do you trust in your own resources, or in God’s plentiful bounty?
Lord Jesus, we’re often afraid to trust in Your provision because we forget that You are not like undependable, limited men. But we realize that You are indeed a good God who desires to give us the Kingdom. Give us the same unshakable faith as George Muëller—that we may completely rely on Your supplying our needs. Amen.