Satan targets the new pastor’s car, family health and finances. The unrelenting assault is designed to drive you crazy and make you quit. Out of this struggle when I was a missionary in Guatemala for almost 16 years, this blog was born. By “praying for finances,” I never mean greed.
You CAN stave off Hell’s fury through prayer. You can see miracle money keep you in the pastoral business. Don’t grant soil to discouragement in your heart. Cultivate faith constantly and pray unceasingly. “Just barely making it” is the place where I have always been. Does it seem ironic that, while we established dominion in a church and school in Guatemala, we didn’t have great riches?
And yet we did have great riches! We had the precious souls of men, snatched off the precipice leading to Hell, transformed into valuable members of society. While the church prospered, our finances and those of the church, “hung in there.” We have no complaint. We had no lack, though many times I worried, many times I wondered where we would get the money to fix the car. Sometimes, we ran out of money, and it was unnerving, but we still had food in the cupboard.
George Muller prayed for bread and milk to feed the orphans in his care. He prayed for the heater to be fixed in the dead of winter. He prayed for hours — until the answer came. God prospered His work; He didn’t lavish luxury on His servant.
If you are not struggling financially today, I urge you to pray for some minister who undoubtedly is struggling. God will bless you for it.
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George Muller launched his orphanage on a whim of challenging a cobbler that he could trust God for finances. The cobbler wouldn’t come to church on Sunday because he needed to work to earn for his daily sustenance. Muller told him God would provide if he put God first, and the cobbler demurred.
At first, he prayed for hours for milk and bread to be donated, and it always was. On one occasion, he had the orphans sit down, say grace with no food available. By the time they finished their prayers, a milk cart broke down in front of their orphanage, and the owner gave them his milk. A baker showed up with enough bread for all.
As God met needs, Muller, a German missionary in England in the early 1800s, undertook bigger challenges. By the end of his life, 10% of the country’s orphans were under his care, and he sent money to missionaries around the world — about $2.7 million in today’s equivalent. Without knowing that Hudson Taylor needed traveling money for his missionaries to escape during the Boxer Rebellion, Muller supplied the needs for the Chinese Inland Mission.
At the end of his life, Muller declared it’s easier to get money from God than men worthy to receive that money. His life was marked by intense prayer and faith. More than any other biography, his has inspired me and is the reason of this blog.