George Mueller, Prayer, and the Will of God

One of the greatest prayer warriors of his generation, George Mueller’s legacy of prayer is well established.  What may be less known is how he determined whether something was the will of God, and therefore, worth devoting himself to prayer.  I offer here his six steps for knowing the will of God in such matters (whether for prayer or action).  I’ve edited the original slightly for readability, and this is taken from An Hour with George Mueller, edited by A. Sims.

  1. Seek to get the heart to a state where it has no will of its own (90% of the battle).
  2. Do not leave the result to simple “impression.” This makes one liable to “great delusions.”
  3. Seek the will of the Spirit of God through the Word of God—they must be combined.  “If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word I lay myself open to great delusions also.  If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
  4. Take providential circumstances into account, as they often indicate God’s will along with Word and Spirit.
  5. Ask God to reveal his will aright.
  6. As you do this, you come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of one’s ability and knowledge—and if the mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, proceed accordingly.

Now, these may seem like simple steps, and some might argue that they are too simple.  Before dismissing them, however, would you say that your own prayer life is stronger or weaker than the example of Mueller?  And if you have never tried step number one, you will find it more difficult than you can imagine to surrender your own interest in some matters to the greater interest of the glory of Jesus in this world.

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

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