This site is intended to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a man?” One of the tabs on our page reads “What A Man Does”. The Apostle Paul writes to his young disciple, Timothy, and tells him “Men should pray” (I Tim 2.8). A real man is a man that prays. Do you?
My job as Director of Discipleship & Spiritual Formation allows me the opportunity to oversee a yearlong discipleship program for students at the College of Southeastern. This past week I had the privilege of leading a group of guys through a lesson on prayer. It reminded of a great story that I’d like to share. If you don’t know about George Mueller, you should. He was a man of prayer. I hope that some of the things said of him might one day be said of me. This story is from the book “Streams in the Desert”:
I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, “The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me, and said, “Captain I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.” “It is impossible,” I said. “Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray.”
I looked at that man of God, and thought to myself, what lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this. “Mr. Mueller,” I said, “do you know how dense this fog is?”
“No,” he replied, “my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.”
He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray. “First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.”
I looked at him, and he said, “Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you will find the fog gone.” I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement.
“Men should pray” (I Tim 2.8). A real man is a man that prays. Do you pray? Muller said, “I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King.” Do you have an audience with the King? Be a man. Get on your knees and pray.