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About George Muller | His Devotional Life and More

How have you enjoyed learning about George Muller this month? When we hear his name, we generally think of the man who started orphanages by faith and without asking for a dime (or I guess a shilling, since he lived in England).

But there was so much more to his life than caring for thousands of orphans. He was a pastor, an evangelist, a teacher, and a man in close fellowship with the Lord.

George Muller did a great work for the Lord, and, I believe, is one of the great heroes of the Faith. To be sure, he had his flaws as we all do. But he was willing to trust God in a way a lot of Christians are not willing to do. And because of his faith and trust, God used him greatly.

An English and Spanish biography of George Muller

George Muller’s Discovery


I would like to share an excerpt from the book A Narrative of some of the Lord’s Dealings with George Muller by George Muller. This is an entry from Mr. Muller’s journal, and is his telling of how God led him into his devotional routine.

It’s rather lengthy, but I think it would be good for each of us to read, especially if you are like me and struggle with spending time in prayer. It was a real blessing to me, and something I have been trying to incorporate into my devotions, since I read it.

“It pleased the Lord to teach me a truth.”

“While I was staying at Nailsworth, it pleased the Lord to teach me a truth. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, but how my inner man might be nourished.

“For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit.

“Before this time my practice had been to give myself to prayer, after having dressed myself in the morning. Now I saw, that the most important thing I had to do was, to give myself to the reading of the word of God and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed.

“The first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lords blessing upon His precious word, was, to begin to meditate on the word of God, searching, as it were, into every verse, to get blessing out of it; not for the sake of the public ministry of the Word; not for the sake of preaching on what I had meditated upon; but for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul.

The Result

“The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer.

“As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time, except we take food; and as this is one of the first things we do in the morning; so it should be with the inner man.”

George Muller | A Narrative Of Some Of The Lord’s Dealings With George Muller

“When thus I have been for awhile making confession, or intercession, or supplication, or have given thanks, I go on to the next words or verse, turning all, as I go on, into prayer for myself or others, as the Word may lead to it; but still continually keeping before me, that food for my own soul is the object of my meditation.

“The result of this is, that there is always a good deal of confession, thanksgiving, supplication, or intercession mingled with my meditation, and that my inner man almost invariably is even sensibly nourished and strengthened, and that by breakfast time, with rare exceptions, I am in a peaceful if not happy state of heart.

A Bible with roses on it

The first thing for the child of God

“Formerly, when I rose, I began to pray as soon as possible. But what was the result?

I often spent a quarter of an hour, or half an hour, or even an hour on my knees, before being conscious to myself of having derived comfort, encouragement, humbling of soul; and often, after having suffered much from wandering of mind for the first ten minutes, or a quarter of an hour, or even half an hour, I only then began really to pray. I scarcely ever suffer now in this way.

“Since God has taught me this point, it is as plain to me as any thing, that the first thing the child of God has to do morning by morning is, to obtain food for his inner man.

As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time, except we take food; and as this is one of the first things we do in the morning; so it should be with the inner man. We should take food for that, as every one must allow.

“Now what is the food for the inner man?”

“Not prayer, but the word of God; and here again not the simple reading of the word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.

“When we pray, we speak to God. This exercise of the soul can be most effectually performed after the inner man has been nourished by meditation on the word of God, where we find our Father speaking to us, to encourage us, to comfort us, to instruct us, to humble us, to reprove us.

We may therefore profitably meditate, with Gods blessing, though we are ever so weak spiritually; nay, the weaker we are, the more we need meditation for the strengthening of our inner man.

“There is thus far less to be feared from wandering of mind, than if we give ourselves to prayer without having had previously time for meditation.—I dwell so particularly on this point because of the immense spiritual profit and refreshment I am conscious of having derived from it myself, and I affectionately and solemnly beseech all my fellow-believers to ponder this matter.

“By the blessing of God I ascribe to this mode the help and strength which I have had from God to pass in peace through deeper trials in various ways, than I had ever had before.

“How different, when the soul is refreshed and made happy early in the morning, from what it is when, without spiritual preparation, the service, the trials, and the temptations of the day come upon one!”

Open book, candle, and coffee mug | George Muller

George Muller Reading Challenge


Now, do you remember the extra challenge I gave myself this month? If you don’t, I’ll remind you. I’ve been reading a biography of George Muller in Spanish. It was challenging, though not as challenging as I anticipated.

And the more I read, the easier it became. If you’re learning a foreign language, I would suggest you try reading in it, and see how it goes! I finished the biography last week and felt a real sense of accomplishment when I did so.

Let me know: how far are you in your book? Have you started yet? It’s never too late to jump in and join us in our one book a month reading challenge if you haven’t already joined! Just send me an email or leave a comment letting me know you’re joining!

Have you finished?

What is something that has stood out to you or that you have learned? Are you reading a biography about George Muller, or are you reading a different book? Let me know what it is and what you think of it!

Also, for those of you doing the reading challenge, let me know by April 30th if you completed the challenge. That way your name will be in the list of readers that will be included in the announcement of May’s book. Send me an email at hannah@morethanjustreading.com, or leave a comment on this post to let me know.

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2 Comments

  1. Just finished a biography on George Muller yesterday!! It was such a blessing to learn more.. about him. His story of faith was an inspiring and encourageing one, and it was so might to be able to take some time to read about him! 💖

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book you read! The one I read was a real blessing to me too. And I’m glad you completed the reading challenge once again! Thank you for participating, Anna!

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