When you least feel like praying is when you most need to do it. One morning the plates, cups, and bowls on the table were empty at George Müeller’s orphanage. There was no food in the cupboard and no money to buy food. The children were standing waiting for their morning meal when Müeller said, “Children, you know we must be in time for school.” Lifting his hand he said, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”
There was a knock on the door. The baker stood there and said, “Mr. Müeller, I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you didn’t have bread for breakfast and the Lord wanted me to send you some. So I got up at 2 a.m. and baked some fresh bread, and have brought it.” Müeller thanked the man.
A second knock came on the door. The milkman told Müeller his milk cart had broken down right in front of the orphanage, and he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk. God had answered Müeller’s prayers.
George Müeller could have worried about the situation like so many of us do. He had legitimate concerns that needed to be met — there were mouths to feed and kids who needed to go to school soon. It would have made sense for him to try thinking through a list of possible solutions. But he didn’t do any of these things. He just prayed, even though he probably didn’t feel like doing it. He believed God would provide, and God didn’t disappoint — He never does.
If we really believed that there is nothing too hard for God, then we would talk to Him a whole lot more about our problems: relationship troubles, injustices, family issues, health concerns, financial needs, spiritual challenges, big decisions (and small ones, too). It’s not too late to start, just don’t wait until you feel like it. Do it right now.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder