Rev. E. Anderson
PRAYER – GEORGE MUELLER IN THE FOG
Charles Inglis, the well-known evangelist, tells the following story of George Muller, and it is worthy of a place under the heading of ‘Answered Prayers’.
When I first came to America, thirty-one years ago, I crossed the Atlantic with the Captain of a steamer who was one of the most devoted men I ever knew and when we were off the banks of Newfoundland he said to me:’ Mr. Inglis, the last time I crossed here five weeks ago, one of the most extraordinary things happened that has completely revolutionised the whole of my Christian life. Up to that time I was one of your ordinary Christians. We had a man of God on board, George Muller of Bristol. I had been on that bridge for twenty-two hours, and never left it.
I was startled by someone tapping me on thy shoulder. It was George Muller, “Captain” he said, “I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.”(This was Wednesday). ‘It is impossible,’ I said.
‘Very well, if your ship can’t take me, but I have never broken an engagement in fifty years.’ ‘I would willingly help you. How can I? I am helpless,’ said the Captain.
‘Let us go down to the chart room and pray,’ said George Muller.
I looked at the man of God, and I thought to myself, what lunatic asylum could the man have come from? I never heard of such a thing.
‘Mr. Muller,’I said, ‘do you know how dense the 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’. He got down on his knees and prayed one of the most simple prayers. I muttered to myself, ‘That would suit a children’s class where the children were not more than eight years old’.
The burden of his prayer was something like this: ‘O Lord, if it is consistent with your will, please remove this fog in five minutes, Thou knowest the engagement Thou didst make for me in Quebec for Saturday. I believe it is your will.
When he finished I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me in not to pray. First, you do not believe He will; and second, I believe He has, and there is no in need to pray.’
And, as George Muller said, the fog had lifted.