George Müller was a Christian evangelist and the director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England. He cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime and many are the stories of his dependence on prayer to meet their needs. Muller’s dependence upon prayer and his social concern shaped decades of missionary and social endeavors throughout the world.
Glenn Clark tells the story of a ship captain who once had Muller as a passenger in his book “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes”. It seems that they had encountered a very dense fog which caused the captain to remain on the bridge continuously for twenty-four hours, when Mr. Muller came to him and said, “Captain, I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.” When informed that it was impossible, he replied: “Very well. If the ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chartroom and pray.”
The captain looked at that man of God and said to himself, “What lunatic asylum could that man have come from. I never heard such a thing as this. ‘Mr. Muller,’ I said, ‘do you know how dense this fog is?’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.’ (emphasis mine) He knelt down and prayed one of those simple prayers, and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray.
‘Firstly, he said, ‘because you do not believe God will, and secondly, I believe God has, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.’ I looked at him, and George Muller said, ‘Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get an audience with the King. Get up and open the door, and you will find that the fog has gone.’ I got up and the fog was indeed gone.
No matter what you are in the midst of that threatens to stop your progress, remember to keep your eye not on the problem, but on the living God! Set aside time daily for an audience with the King. He waits and yearns to meet with you. Time with Jesus on a regular basis will change your life and the lives of others!