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Command 36 : Ask in Faith | Day 250

Increase Your Faith!

Not only were the plates empty but so were all the cupboards in the orphanage. However, this did not faze the director, George Mueller. He proceeded to lead the 300 children and staff members in a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the food that He would provide for them that day. When they finished praying, there was a loud knock at the door. It was a baker with a load of bread that God had prompted him to bake for the orphans early that morning. George thanked him for this gift and closed the door. Moments later there was another knock. This time it was a man who delivered milk. His truck had broken down right in front of the orphanage. He needed to empty his truck before he could make the necessary repairs to it and wondered if the orphans could use the milk.

The name George Mueller has become synonymous with faith. He recorded thousands of answers to prayer in connection with his orphan work in England, which eventually cared for more than 10,000 children. However, more than meeting the physical needs of orphans, his goal was to challenge the faith of Christians. He desired to prove through his work that it was not a vain thing to trust God for provisions and that God could be taken at His word.

Faith and grace work together. Faith allows us to understand what God wants to accomplish, and grace empowers us to do it.

I remember a time early in my Christian life when I had a strong desire to trust God more fully and wondered how I could grow in faith. It was at that time that God directed me through various Scriptures to give my entire bank account to His work. Through this experience God taught me that I could trust Him to provide whatever I needed; I did not need to trust my bank account.1

This connection between giving and growing in faith is emphasized by James: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:15-17).

Both faith and grace are expressed in God-directed action. Paul emphasized this in II Corinthians 8:1-2, when he explained how the grace of God that was bestowed on the churches in Macedonia resulted in their generosity. Then he explained to the Corinthian believers that it is God's grace that empowers us to give: “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8).

Giving to the needs of others should be done generously from the heart, "not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (II Corinthians 9:7).

Are you depending on God to provide for your needs according to His promises, and are you a channel of His provision to others who are in need? Or, have you put your trust in your possessions, looking to them for the security that God wants you to depend on Him for? Let's place our faith in God alone and exercise generosity so that our faith may increase.

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“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard