Abraham the father of abiding faith
In Genesis 24, he sends out his servant Eliezer on a long journey to find a wife for his son Isaac, giving him this bold assertion: “The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and prosper your way” (Genesis 24:40). Not “might” or “could” or “perhaps,” but the Almighty “will” show up. Abraham never doubted that God would lead his servant to the right woman for Isaac.
To pray down revival we must be able to believe God to fulfil His promises, without human intervention. This kind of faith does not come overnight, neither does it come to a part-time Christian, who only prays seriously when facing challenges. Revival prayer is a partnership between a believer and the Almighty God. God is looking for people He can give a prayer assignment to knowing they will have the tenacity to get the answer every time.
George Muller of Bristol
George Muller was such a man. His life sheds more light on the subject of abiding. This is a position a believer can reach where he is more consistent in receiving answers to prayer in certain areas. For George Muller it was in the area of believing God for finance. Muller once said, “I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming.”
He built five large orphan houses and cared for over 10,000 orphans in his lifetime. He provided educational opportunities for them to the point that he was even accused by some of empowering the poor to rise above their accepted status in British life. He established 117 schools that offered Christian education to more than 120,000 young people. What is most remarkable is the way that he went about his work.
Three weeks after his marriage, he and his wife decided to depend on God alone to supply their needs and to never again approach people about them. Muller didn’t draw attention to his charity work by asking others to support his life-changing ministry to needy children. Instead he depended solely, and relentlessly, on God’s response to his prayers of faith to supply all things. Rather than petitioning donations from people, he simply took all of those petitions directly to the throne of God—and he saw God provide in the most unorthodox ways.
On one occasion when the housemother of the orphanage informed Muller that there was no food for them to eat, he asked her to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables. He thanked God for the food and waited, trusting with a confidence that God would provide. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. “Mr. Muller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.” Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed so he asked Muller if he could use some free milk. The man of God smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.