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William Booth on Asking For Money

William Booth on Asking For Money

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Many are familiar with George Muller’s approach to money: ask no one but God (though some might disagree with this interpretation).

William Booth went a totally different direction. He suggested to ASK and ask often!  Both men saw their prayers and obedience answered, both men saw thousands of lives transformed.  It goes to show that “one size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to fundraising your ministry.

Below is chapter 13 of William Booth’s book: The Founders Messages to Soldiers: During the years 1907-8.

Do you agree with his approach?

 


 

THE FOUNDERS MESSAGES TO SOLDIERS

Chapter 13: Begging

COMRADES AND FRIENDS, I want to say something upon a subject which is often brought before you; though not always, I fear, in the most welcome manner; and that is, Begging. The begging to which I refer is:

Begging for money to help the poor and suffering.

Begging for the cost of the Salvation War; for saving the souls of men.

Begging for the maintenance and extension of the Kingdom of God upon earth.

I. SOME PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE BEING BEGGED FROM, AND THAT FOR VARIOUS REASONS.

  1. With some it is heartlessness. They do not care what becomes of either the bodies or the souls of others.
  2. With others it is meanness. They do not like to give anything to any one, for any purpose whatever.

II. SOME PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE THE DUTY OF BEGGING FROM OTHERS.

I must say there is some begging I do not like myself. For instance, I do not like begging that hinders more important work. Nor do I like begging that is promoted by objectionable means, such as false­hood or raffles, or other worldly methods. But when I come to the genuine thing, that is, begging for a right object, and at the right time, in a religious spirit and in a lawful manner, I confess to having no objection to begging.

I am a beggar by trade. I was apprenticed to it at fifteen years of age; that is, on the day I got converted. I have been begging ever since, and shall be begging, I expect—or, at least, I hope—till I go to the grave, and possibly forever afterwards.

I have had a measure of success in my calling; having, by the grace of God, been enabled to collect directly and indirectly as much money for the cause of Christ, the Salvation of souls, and the relief of human suffering, as any man living, or, perhaps, as any man who ever did live.

III. THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD GOES ABOUT THE WORLD BEGGING.

He begs by His Holy Word. He begs by His ser­vants. He is begging all the time.

Nearly all the love and service He gets from men is got by begging for it.

As a beggar, I have my Heavenly Father for a pattern and example. He is the greatest Beggar in the universe.

  1. He begs for the possession of the hearts of men. As soon as I could understand anything, God sent His Son knocking with His wounded hands at the door of my soul, begging me to give Him my heart. The Holy Spirit begs men to help Him in the discharge of His difficult task. He wants them to co-operate with Him in saving the world from sin, suffering, and Hell.
  2. He begs for the money of men. God knows that His work cannot be carried on without money.

IV. NOW, MY COMRADES, YOU MUST FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

  1. You must go on begging for the poor. You cannot leave them to perish for the want of a piece of bread. You cannot leave the wretched drunkards, or the daughters of shame, or the criminals, to die in their wickedness, when a little help will deliver them.
  2. You must beg for money to pay for the expenses connected with your Citadels, and to generally extend the Holy War.
  3. You must beg for the support of your Missions to the poor heathen, who are ignorant of the blessings provided for them.
  4. You must beg with a holy boldness. Hold up your heads, and push your claims. You have no need to blush or tremble in the discharge of His duty. If you were begging for yourselves you might be ashamed, and stammer out your request, but you are not.
  5. You must beg without growing weary. Whether you succeed or fail, whether you are blessed or cursed, you must never tire.
  6. You must beg from the rich. Remind them that what they give may bring a blessing down upon what they still enjoy.
  7. You must beg from the poor. Why should the poor of our time be denied the privilege and thereby the same blessed commendation of Jesus Christ which fell to the widow for giving her two mites, nearly two thousand years ago?
  8. You must beg from everybody. You never know who will give until you ask them.
  9. When refused, you must beg again. The reason why many do not give is because they do not think of the needs of the people either at home or abroad.
  10. And do not forget to beg from yourselves. Do not be so mean as to lay burdens on other people’s generosity which you refuse to share yourselves. It is a sin for Soldiers in any Corps to be dependent upon the gifts of others for money which they are able to supply themselves. Because you can beg money from the generous, do not make that an excuse for not putting your hand in your own pocket.
  11. Above all, you must beg for the souls of men. Beg them to be reconciled to God, to accept His mercy, to come into the Narrow Way. Beg them to go to Heaven instead of to Hell. You can do this sort of begging in the streets, in the public halls, in the trains, or anywhere else where you meet with men and women who are unsaved. And in all your begging‑
  12. Do not forget the backslider. Seek him out in his own home, and beg him to return to the God whom he has forsaken. Perhaps he will bless you. Perhaps he will curse you. But go on begging all the same.

When Jeremiah begged the Jews to return to God, they cast him into a horrible pit. When the martyrs begged the people to believe in Jesus Christ, they burned them at the stake. When Paul proclaimed Salvation to the pagan nations, they cast him to the wild beasts. When Christ begged the Jews to come under His wings, they crucified Him on the cross.

So go on begging men and women to kneel at the Drum, or come to the Mercy-Seat, or in some other form to seek forgiveness, so entering the family of the Great Father, and finishing up in Heaven.

    13. Beg your Comrades to be sanctified today.

Is there no one here today that needs some special blessing, which God is waiting to bestow? I beg you, not to lose it for the want of asking. What is the blessing you need? Is it forgiveness? Is it purity Is it Fire? Is it the comfort of the Holy Spirit? Ask, and you shall receive. Go down, and ask for what you want.

Beg! beg!! beg!!! But, Oh, beg in faith, and beg just now; and then sing:

The heavenly gales are blowing,
The cleansing stream is flowing,
Beneath its waves I’m going—
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Your affectionate General,

WILLIAM BOOTH

 


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George Muller Bible Reading and Prayer

George Muller’s Advice on Bible Reading and Prayer (pt 1)

In his narrative, on May 7, 1841 George Muller took some time to explain his habit of prayer and Scripture reading which proved of such great help that he felt it necessary to share with others:

It has recently pleased the Lord to teach me a truth…the benefit of which I have not lost, though now, while preparing the fifth edition for the press, more than fourteen years have since passed away. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit. Before this time my practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as an habitual thing to give myself to prayer, after having dressed myself in the morning. Now, I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed; and that thus, by means of the word of God, whilst meditating on it, my heart might be brought into experimental communion with the Lord…

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George Muller Answers to Prayer

George Muller, Answers to Prayer

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Over a lifetime of ministry George Muller saw God answer prayer in amazing ways.  Through faith and prayer alone he established schools, orphanages and supported missionaries and Bible distribution that impacted countless thousands of lives.
     His book “Answers to Prayer” (compiled by A. C. Brooks from the Narratives of George Muller) highlights some of those dramatic answers as well as some very practical advice on growing in the Christian life.
At the end of the books Muller gives five conditions for prevailing in prayer:

MULLER’S FIVE CONDITIONS OF PREVAILING PRAYER

1.—Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only ground of any claim for blessing. (See John xiv. 13, 14; xv. 16, etc.)
2.—Separation from all known sin. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us, for it would be sanctioning sin. (Psalm lxvi. 18.)
3.—Faith in God’s word of promise as confirmed by His oath. Not to believe Him is to make Him both a liar and a perjurer. (Hebrews xi. 6; vi. 13-20.)
4.—Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly: we must not seek any gift of God to consume it upon our lusts. (1 John v. 14; James iv. 3.)
5.—Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. (James v. 7; Luke xviii. 1-8.)
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Did George Muller Really Live By Faith?

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Did George Muller Really Live By Faith?

 

Over the years many have held George Muller up as an example of someone who lived by faith.  It was often said (by himself and many others as well) that he maintained the work of the Orphanages and the Scripture Knowledge Institute “by prayer alone, never asking anyone for help”.

For example, in the introduction to the “Autobiography of George Muller” we read that Muller:

“Wholly destitute of funds, is supporting and educating seven hundred orphans, providing everything needful for their education, is in himself an extensive Bible and Tract and Missionary Society, the work is daily increasing in magnitude, and the means for carrying it on are abundantly supplied, while he is connected with no particular denomination, is aided by no voluntary association, and he has asked the assistance of not a single individual. He has asked no one but God, and all his wants have been regularly supplied.”

Now, right from the start I’ll say that I definitely think he was an amazing man of faith.  And I think it was incredible what God did through Muller’s life and fantastic how he was able to depend on God to help so many thousands of lives.

But – from a missionaries perspective – I think there’s more to the story than we sometimes see.  I’ve often seen people today who feel called to missions either  (a) feel guilty because they need to raise funds to work overseas…and therefore don’t feel as spiritual as Muller, or (b) shy away from raising funds at all, trying to imitate Muller’s faith (without always seeing his results!)

The interesting thing is that if you read Muller’s autobiography, you quickly notice that while, technically, he told no one but God the needs that he had, there were many ways he used to make that need indirectly known, and to raise support.

For example,
1. “The Box” – Muller was also a pastor and lived by faith for his support (in contrast to the many pastors who charged “rent” for their pews in the church).  He felt renting out pews was contrary to Scripture and instead put up a box in the church for people to put in their freewill offerings.  This was a radical step for the times.  But it was also a continual reminder to the people that their pastor was depending on God (and indirectly on them) for support.  Every week they saw the box and were reminded of this fact.  He states this in chapter 4 of his autobiography:

“I read Philippians 4 and told the saints that if they still had a desire to do something towards my support, by voluntary gifts, I had no objection to receive them, though ever so small, either in money or provisions…For these reasons especially, there was a box put up in the chapel, over which was written that whoever had a desire to do something towards my support might put his offering into the box.”

2. His “Narratives” – Muller started writing his autobiography and published it within two years of starting his orphanage ministry.  (The first part was printed in August 1837 and covered what was to become the first 8 chapters of his present autobiography.  He continued to publish many additions to it every few years).  Not only did the sales of his narrative bring in a little support, but his book let everyone know that he was living by faith and would have served as indirect encouragement that they could (if they so felt led) support his ministry like the many dozens of people he had written about.

3. Corporate Prayer Meetings – Muller began meeting daily with his staff (those that worked with him in the orphanages, etc) to pray for the needs that they faced in their work (see chapter 12).  So he changed from saying “I told no one but God” to “we told no one but God” about the needs.  While I agree that this still required much faith, the reality is (as told in his autobiography) that it was often the workers themselves, who knew of and saw the financial needs, that gave out of their own money to help the work.

The reason I bring this up is so that missionaries who do raise support do not feel discouraged or unspiritual for using various means to make their needs known.  Obviously, our Heavenly Father knows what we need, He is the one that we go to first, and it is through persistent believing prayer that God can move the hearts of men and women to support the work.  But we also don’t despise means for communicating the message – Muller used his narratives, and many today use newsletters; Muller had a box in the back of the church (and orphanages) and some today have “boxes” on websites, allowing donors to give.

The reason Muller wrote the narratives was to encourage faith and stir the church to attempt great things for God through faith – not to discourage those stepping out in faith!  So yes, Muller lived by faith and it’s my prayer that more and more will likewise live radical, prayerful, faith-filled lives as they attempt to see God’s kingdom impact the nations!


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George Muller (1805-1898) was a man of prayer and courage who through faith established orphanages and schools for thousands of children in England in the 1800’s. He was also well known for his preaching, teaching and missionary work. His life and legacy has been an inspiration to countless thousands of Christians worldwide!

This Collection contains:
1 – Biography of George Muller by A. T. Pierson (1899). A captivating biography of Muller by the missionary statesman A. T. Pierson. (24 Chapters)
2 – Muller’s “Autobiography” (also titled “The Life of Trust”). This is the 1861 version of his larger 6 volume “Narrative”, edited and condensed for a wider audience.
3 – “Answers to Prayer” – a compilation from his “Narrative” recording specific answers to prayer that he experienced. It also includes, among other things, powerful teaching on “How to determine the will of God,” “Five conditions of Prevailing Prayer” and teaching on “Reading the Holy Scriptures”
4 – “Counsel to Christians” – compiled in 1878 (and also known as “Counsel to Converts”), these are excellent messages and sermons of Muller’s on growing as a Christian.
5 – “Preaching Tours and Missionary Labours of George Muller” – compiled in 1883 by his wife, it contains the fascinating accounts of his 9 missionary journeys around the world (North America, Europe and the Mid East).

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1. A Brief Account of the Life and Labours of George Muller (by his wife)
2. Jehovah Magnified: Addresses by George Muller (34 sermons and addresses)
3. Sermons and Addresses by George Muller (20 sermons and addresses)
4. George Muller: The Modern Apostle of Faith (19 chapters)
5. Ten Years After: A Sequel to the Autobiography of George Muller (11 chapters, 30 illustrations)
6. Andrew Murray on George Muller
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Let your faith be strengthened and your prayer life renewed as you read of the life and ministry of this great man of God!