Charles Inglis, the well-known evangelist, tells the following story of George Muller & it is worthy of a place under the heading of `Answered Prayers'.
When I first came to America, 31 yrs ago, I crossed the Atlantic with the Captain of a steamer who was one of the most devoted men I ever knew & when we were off the banks of Newfoundland he said to me:
`Mr. Inglis, the last time I crossed here, 5 weeks ago, one of the most extraordinary things happened that has completely revolutionized the whole of my Christian life.
Up to that time I was one of your ordinary Christians. We had a man of God on board, George Muller of Bristol. I had been on that bridge for 22 hrs & never left it. I was startled by someone tapping me on the shoulder. It was George Muller.
"Captain," he said, "I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon." (This was Wednesday).
'It is impossible,' I said. `Very well if your ship can't take me but I have never broken an engagement in 50 yrs.'
'I would willingly help you. How can I? I am helpless,' said the Captain.
`Let us go down to the chart room & pray,' said George Muller.
I looked at the man of God & I thought to myself, what lunatic asylum could the man have come from? I never heard of such a thing.
`Mr. Muller,' I said, `do you know how dense the 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 got down on his knees & prayed one of the simplest prayers. I muttered to myself, 'That would suit a children's class where the children were not more than 8 yrs old.'
The burden of his prayer was something like this: 'O Lord, if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in 5 min. Thou knowest the engagement Thou didst make for me in Quebec for Saturday. I believe it is Thy will.'
When he finished I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder & told me not to pray. 'First, you do not believe He will; second, I believe He has & there is no need to pray.'
And, as George Muller said, the fog had lifted.
Jesus said: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7 KJV)