“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
This passage is a lesson in practical Christianity, though we are not to copy the lifestyle of the unfaithful steward. The bottom line is: if God cannot rely on you to pray through for financial breakthrough why should he trust you for the souls of men, which is much more precious?
The staff of the Bible College of Wales, and the adjacent secondary and boarding school lived by faith. They relied entirely on divine provision, through prayer alone. They did not share their financial challenges with anyone. They strictly followed Matthew 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Some of them were teachers, doctors, nurses, farmers, printers, bakers, lecturers, mechanics. All lived by faith.
I went to the college in 1962, and many of the staff were students from 1940s when WW2 broke out, and stayed on to intercede for the nation, and later for missionaries around the world. So with an average of twenty-two years’ experience of praying in every penny they needed, I knew I was among a group of people who knew what they were talking about.
Every new student was encouraged to ‘launch out into the deep’ on the journey of living by faith. We could give away all our money and tell no one outside what our financial needs were. I immediately jumped at the challenge. I had saved up enough money to cover the entire two-year course. So I came fully prepared. When I heard about their interpretation of living by faith I took a leap and gave away all my savings. I was penniless but excited. After-all I had read a lot of books on faith and listened to many faith preachers.
I had it all worked out. He said, “Give and it shall be given unto you.” Well I just did that. Gave away all my savings. The Bible also said, ‘Believe that you have it and you shall receive it’. I commenced by life of faith with a 4-point plan. Pray, believe you have received it, give thanks to God in anticipation, and then expect a miracle. Afterall, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). Some of the books were so sure of these steps that they advised against praying again. That would be unbelief.
So I prayed and waited in anticipation for the money to come rolling in. I had given away what was for me a lot of money. My expectations were very high. Four weeks on I was still waiting for someone to hand me a fat envelop stuffed with pound notes. Two months went by and not a penny came in.
Desperate I discarded my ‘only pray once’ stand and started praying several times a day on the matter. Still no money. I reminded God that I had paid a big price to answer His call on my life. What’s the big deal about supplying my needs? If I went out to work I could have earned double what I was believing for. I didn’t know there was a lot to learn.