In the sermon Sunday, I mentioned George Muller’s perseverance in prayer.
In the book Answers to Prayer by Muller, he writes in an entry:
From the end of November, 1850 to this day, March 12 1862, not one single day has been allowed to pass, without this contemplated enlargement being brought before God in prayer, and generally more than once a day.
He goes on to say that it took eleven years for the full answer to his prayer to come to fruition. It took eleven straight years of prayer! You may wonder if he stumbled in his faith somehow, but he says that during those eleven years, his prayers were believing earnestly on the Lord, offered up only in the name of the Lord Jesus, and without the least doubt and wavering.
Why were they not answered sooner? Over and over in his diary, he explains how the Lord waited to answer his prayers. When he was given every reason to doubt God, he would not. Instead he recognized that it was a test and he responded by praying more. Muller’s understanding for this is that God delights in the prayers of His children so much that He allows them the opporutunity to pray more and more. Plus, Muller says that the answer results in more sweetness the longer it takes to receive it.