George Müller’s 6-Point Strategy for Finding the Will of God

George_MullerIt’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.”

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15 thoughts on “George Müller’s 6-Point Strategy for Finding the Will of God

  1. Thanks for sharing this with us, Daniel. I started reading the biography of Muller you linked to; I haven’t finished it yet, but what an amazing life and testament! Truly one to learn from.

    ‘Being satisfied in God is “of supreme and paramount importance” because it glorifies God. It shows that God is gloriously satisfying.’

      • Ruth, Jonathan,
        Thank you both for paying regular visits to the blog. I value you both.

        Being satisfied in God – yes, what a thought. It isn’t as if God can’t really satisfy me. And it isn’t as if anything I turn to actually does satisfy me in the least.
        Our problem – my problem – is that I don’t always see with eyes that behold real value, or gauge actual delight.

  2. (still following the above thread, but this seems to be the only place I can reply…)

    “And thank the Lord that sanctification comes by degrees, by the Spirit.”

    Amen! Never before this year have I realized just how unable we naturally are to stay focused or to see clearly. Only by the Spirit can we do these things. A sister reminded me recently of the very powerful lesson in Matthew 16 when Jesus says to Peter, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which art in heaven. And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church…” and only 5 verses later, He says to Peter, “Get thee, behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” How strange (and wonderfully encouraging to me) that Jesus blesses Peter but later says he is an offense to Him… Even Peter, the chosen rock of Christ’s church, needed to be sanctified by the Spirit before he could be fully pleasing to his Lord.

    The night that sister reminded me of verses 15-17 was the second time those verses fairly jumped off the page. I wish I could describe it to you, Daniel and Jonathan, but surely the Spirit spoke those verses to my heart in a way that made this moment alive and awesome to me!

    ,,,which brings me back to Muller: “Happiness in God comes from seeing God revealed to us in the face of Jesus Christ through the Scriptures.”

    • Dear Ruth, Isn’t Jesus refering to himself as the rock on which his church is built in Matthew 16:18? How could the church be built on a pebble? Peter’s name means pebble, and Christ was referring to himself the Rock of our salvation, the Cornerstone the Jew’s rejected, not to Peter. The word “on this rock i will build my church” means more of a bedrock rock, not pebble. Peter, or pebble, is an insufficient rock to be built on. It is a play on the words, and Jesus was using it to show Peter that he needed to depend on the true Rock. It follows in context because to the Jews, Jesus was a stumbling block (Matthew 21:42) in Mt 16:23 it says “Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” I am thankful that the church is not built on what is a stumbling block to Jesus, rather it is built on a stumbling block to those who trust in themselves. Like you, I belive happiness in seeing the Jesus Christ revealed in the scriptures.

      • I think you have an accurate exposition, Lei, but I think Ruth’s comment was for more for testimony purposes. Plus, I don’t think she explicitly stated that Peter was the “foundational” rock of the Church. But yes, Jesus was referring to the fact that He is the Messiah, the Rock. That was the truth Peter confessed, and upon that truth, Jesus will build His Church.

        • Hi Lei, I’m not qualified to or comfortable with talking doctrine or theology, but since I wrote and since you asked me a question…I hope I never put anyone above Christ. I dearly love my Savior: Jesus the Son of God, the Head of God’s Church, of which we, including Peter, are the Body. I put my trust in Jesus Christ for the remission of my numerous sins and for His continued work and sanctification in my soul.

          I just wanted to share the comfort and encouragement I receive from Peter’s story: that he received this blessing from the Lord only to be rebuked later as one who is more mindful of the things of men than of God, that he walked with and served Jesus for years only to deny Him when He was arrested. Knowing Peter’s faults and weakneses sustains me when I am so desperately aware of my own. I am thankful that this is the kind of man Jesus chose to be His disciple and to be a vessel of the Holy Spirit’s work as God revealed Salvation through His Son during the early days of the church. I still have much to learn, but by the grace of God, His Spirit at work in me has given me a very grateful heart.

  3. Awesome! Daniel, Jonathan and Ruth, I have to confess that I am really crying, feeling and noticing how far I am from the central will of God in my decision processes.
    Thanks for sharing Daniel!

    • Jorge, your honesty is refreshing. Christ has set you free to be honest with yourself.

      And not even brutal honesty can stamp out the hope found in Christ.

      Thank you for coming by the blog.

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