It’s no surprise Müller used a Biblical strategy for finding the will of God. The man lived by prayer and the Word. As a result radiant faith provided sure footing even as he trod a trial-darkened path.
Beckoning us to follow
Müller’s mission statement sounds like a leader beckoning wary soldiers into battle:
“The orphan houses exist to display that God can be trusted and to encourage believers to take him at his word.”
“The first and primary object of the Institute was…that God might be magnified by the fact that the orphans under my care were, and are, provided with all they need only by prayer and faith, without anyone being asked by me or my fellow-laborers, whereby it might be seen that God is faithful still and hears prayer still.”
(For a deeper understanding of Müller’s mission and methods, read my favorite short biography)
To live by such faith, Müller had to have his own will swallowed by God’s. But it’s one thing to pray, “Thy will be done,” and another to actually know God’s will. How do we join Müller?
George Müller’s 6-Point Strategy for Finding the Will of God
1. Get your own will out of the way
“I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever that may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.”
2. Feelings are the sure path to delusions. Avoid walking that path.
“Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.”
3. Seek the will of the Spirit in connection with the Word
“I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.”
4. Consider providential circumstances [a call for sanctified common sense]
“Next, I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.”
5. Get on your knees in the throne room
“I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.”
6. Make a deliberate judgment, and then keep testing it with prayer
“Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge; and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving the most important issues, I have found this method always effective.”