Franke's answer before he had prayed



Augustus Franke opened an orphanage in Halle, Germany, which he operated on the faith principle. This was the work which gave inspiration and birth to George Muller's famous faith orphanages. Franke relates many unusual incidents, how God answered his prayer even before he had made the petition.

"In February, 1699, I was almost entirely without funds, though much was needed for the daily wants of the children and other poor. In this state of difficulty, I comforted myself with the promise of the Lord Jesus: 'Seek ye first the kingdom,' etc. when I had given out the last of our money, I prayed to the Lord. As I left my room, to go into the college, I found a student waiting for me, who put seventy dollars into my hands. Soon afterwards, we were in the greatest want, but I trusted in the Lord, and determined to go to my closet and spread my wants before Him. I arose to go to my closet, and, while on my way, a letter was put into my hands from a merchant, informing me that he had received a check for a thousand dollars, to be paid me for the orphan house. How forcibly did I feel the truth of the promise: 'Before they call, I will answer, and, while they are yet speaking, I will hear.' I had now no reason to ask for assistance, but I went to my closet and praised the Lord for His goodness.

"At another time, the superintendent of the building came to me, and asked if I had received any money for the payment of the laborers. 'No,' said I; 'but I have faith in God.' Scarcely had I uttered these words, when someone was announced at the door. On going to him, I found that he had brought me thirty dollars. I returned to the study, and asked the superintendent how much money he needed. He replied: 'Thirty dollars.' 'There they are,' said I. At another time of great need, I prayed particularly, 'Give us, this day, our daily bread.' I dwelt upon the words, 'this day,' for we needed immediate aid. While I was yet praying, a friend came to my door, and brought me four hundred dollars."


From: ANSWERED PRAYER IN MISSIONARY SERVICE By Basil William Miller, Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, Missouri. First Printing, April 1951 Second Printing, July 1951 Printed in United States of America