George Muller was born in Prussia on September 27, 1805. His father was a collector of taxes and George seemed to inherit his father’s ability with figures.
When Muller was converted to Christ, the many recurring statements of Jesus for us “to ask” impressed him. At this point in Muller’s life, he and his wife launched into a daring experiment. First, they gave away all of their household goods. The next step was even more daring. He refused all regular salary from the small mission he had been serving. He then set out to establish an orphan home to care for the homeless children of England.
The first home was dedicated in a rented building on April 21, 1836. Within a matter of days, 43 orphans were being cared for. Muller and his co-workers decided their experiment would be set up with the following guidelines:
- No funds would ever be solicited.
- No debts were ever to be incurred.
- No money contributed for a specific purpose would ever be used for any other purpose.
- All accounts would be audited annually.
- No ego pandering would occur by the publication of donors’ names.
- No "names" of prominent people would be sought for the board or to advertise the institution.
- The success of the orphanage would be measured not by the numbers served or by the amount of money taken in, but by God’s blessing on the work, which Muller expected to be in direct proportion to the time spent in prayer.
When the first building was constructed, Muller and his friends remained true to their convictions. The public was amazed when a second building was opened six months after the first. They kept concentrating on prayer, and eventually there were five new buildings, 110 workers, and 2,050 orphans being cared for.
George Muller not only counted on God to provide, but he believed that God would provide abundantly. For over 60 years, Muller recorded every specific prayer request and the results. Muller was responsible for the care of 9,500 orphans during his life. These children never went without a meal. Muller never asked for help from anyone but God. $7,500,000 came to him over the course of his life, and he vows it was all in answer to believing prayer.
When it comes to building, money, and ministry, PRAYER WORKS, nothing seems to work as well without it.