Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Reading on Your Knees

I searched out these references to Whitefield's and Muller's approach towards Holy Scripture.
"We can visualize him at 5 in the morning in his room, on his knees with his Bible, his Greek New Testament, and a volume of Matthew Henry spread out before him. With intense concentration he reads a portion in English, studies its words and tenses in the Greek, and then considers Matthew Henry’s exposition of the whole. Finally comes his unique posture of ‘praying over every line and every word’ in both the English and the Greek, feasting his mind and his heart upon it till its essential meaning has become a part of his very person. When we shortly see him preaching forty and more hours per week with virtually no time whatsoever for preparation, we may look back upon these days and recognize that he was then laying up a store of knowledge on which he was able to draw amidst the tumult and hast of that later ministry” (Arnold A. Dallimore, George Whitefield: God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century, pg. 22)

George Muller (1898), after reading Whitefield’s biography and concluding that the source of his evangelistic power to be his reverence and approach to the word of God and his passionate prayer life. So, George Muller took up the practice of reading his Bible on his knees. What Whitefield was in Evangelism, Muller was with Faith (e.g. 50,000 cases where he could trace distinct answers to definite prayers). (A.T. Peirson: George Muller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith, pgs. 137-139)