On Nov. 19 1846 George Mueller reflected on the parable of the widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) and wrote,
I also know, that He delights in being earnestly entreated, and that He takes pleasure in the continuance in prayer, and in the importuning Him [. . .] How great is the blessing which the soul obtains by trusting in God, and by watching patiently. Is it not manifest how precious it is to carry on God’s work in this way, even with regard to the obtaining of means?
Mueller not only preached radical faithfulness in God, but he practiced it. He established over ten orphanages, and continued their maintenance and oversight without soliciting a single donation to meet their financial or material needs. He prayed and trusted in Jesus, even when it seemed impossible that God would provide.
It is too easy to write off Mueller as a man from a different time, when people believed in miracles, and God granted special faith to some. Today we, in “enlightened” Western culture, know better than to practice faith in the so-called creator and redeemer Jesus Christ.
However, Mueller published Answers to Prayer to counter the “enlightened” Christians and non-Christians of his day, who laid down the same secular arguments against trusting Jesus and in favor of self-reliance.
God delights in answering prayers today. He takes joy in drawing us to his throne room, where we might sue and prevail upon Him to His glory. Certainly He also takes joy in answering our righteous prayers according to his will. Does not James call Him the unchanging Father of lights, from whom every good gift comes? He is no different today than He was in 1846, and neither are his gifts.
May He answer our prayers and miraculously provide for his us to the shame of those who disbelieve in miracles today, and for the sake of His glory. Our Father hears. Our Father answers.