George Mueller was known as a man of prayer. He never told anyone about his needs except God, and he based his requests squarely upon a specific promise God gave in the Bible. By praying like that, he took care of 10,000 orphans. Many years before Mueller, Daniel was exiled in Babylon along with his people. God had said through Jeremiah the prophet that they would be there 70 years, and when the 70 years were over, they could go back home. We then read this in Daniel chapter 9: “I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting.” In Daniel’s prayer he repented for himself and his people; then he asked God to keep the promise He had made 70 years before. Daniel knew that because of God’s nature and character, God would keep His word. And God did. Soon afterward, the king signed a decree that allowed Daniel’s people to go home. Like Daniel, when we ask God to keep His own promise, we can be sure He will.
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Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More