The Simplicity of Prayer

The Simplicity of Prayer

The testimony of George Muller exists to teach us the simplicity of prayer and dependence upon God. Often in short, simple faith, Mr. Muller would petition the throne of grace for the provisions of his orphanages. Many times, almost immediately, our gracious heavenly Father would answer his requests. More often than not this provision was truly miraculous. We can ultimately credit this to the greatness of the God George Muller served. Not to the greatness of the man, George Muller.

Our God hasn’t changed since His only begotten Son uttered these words in Luke 11. So we can, and certainly should, claim these promises. The posture of prayer is humility, and the pattern of prayer is found earlier in this chapter in verses 2-4. As Christians, we are encouraged to approach boldly. But we must also lift up, “holy hands without wrath and doubting.” A clean life, and conscience washed with the water of the Word, is essential to having our prayers both heard and answered. Only then may we “ask in faith” with “nothing wavering.”

So let us ask! Our Heavenly Father cares a great deal more about us than He cares about the birds or lily’s of the field. If we, being evil, know how to give good things to our children when they ask, don’t suppose that God will withhold good things from those who ask Him. When we petition Him according to His will, we can know with certainty that He hears us. “And if we know that He hears us, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” Ask in faith!

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