Mr. Spurgeon once came to Bristol. He was to preach in 3 chapels in the city & he hoped to collect 300 pounds, which were needed immediately for his orphanage.
He got the money. Retiring to bed on the last night of his visit, Spurgeon heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Give those 300 pounds to George Muller."
“But, Lord,” answered Spurgeon, “I need it for my dear children in London.”
The word came again, “Give those 300 pounds to George Muller.” It was only when he had said, “Yes, Lord, I will,” that sleep came to him.
The following morning he made his way to Muller's Orphanages & found him on his knees before an open Bible, praying. The famous preacher placed his hand on his shoulder & said, “George, God told me to give you these 300 pounds.”
“Oh,” said Muller, “dear Spurgeon, I have been asking the Lord for that very sum.” And those two prayerful men rejoiced together.
Spurgeon returned to London. On his desk, he found a letter awaiting him. He opened it to find it contained 300 guineas. “There!” cried he with joy, “the Lord has returned my 300 pounds with 300 shillings interest.” (1 pound + 1 shilling = 1 guinea)
- Henry Durbanville. (moreillustrations.com)
Phil 4:5 (TLV): “Do not be anxious about anything - but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”