The Bible teaches us that God is a God that listens to prayer (Psalm 66:19) and the same Bible says that faith is the assurance of things hope for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Müller believed that our God is a prayer-hearing God. Although he still could not see the things he prayed for, but he has faith that God will supply all he needs for His glory.
In the story of Müller’s life, it said that once the orphanage he was running had no food for children that specific day. He told the lady in charge of the orphanage to gather the children in the dining room and to give thanks in prayer for the food in advanced. Not long after, a baker knocked at the door of the orphanage to give them bread enough for 300 children, telling Müller that somehow he knew the orphanage would need the bread.
Soon enough, a milkman too knocked at the door. The milk cart had broken down in front of the orphanage and 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, just enough for the 300 thirsty children.
Just as a little child who never doubts that his dad will give him all he needs, so as Müller believed that God always hear to a prayer that seeks His glory. Just as James said: But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:6). And John sums it up by telling us that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us ((1 John 5:14-15).
Next time when we pray, let us remind ourselves to approach His throne as a little child who never doubts. Having a prayer-hearing God as our Father who works in and through our faith; what a blessing indeed.
But truly God has listened, He has attended to the voice of my prayer
If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you
- Jenni Wang