Before he died, George Meuller was estimated to be responsible for the salvation of thousands of souls through his orphanages and other ministries in 19th century England.
George Meuller, nicknamed the Man of Faith, had far humbler beginnings. In his early adult life, he began to fervently pray for the salvation of five friends of his.
By the time he died, two still remained unsaved, but he was as convinced as ever that his friends would find salvation. True enough, the last convert on his prayer list came to repentance shortly after George Meuller's death.
Many Christians wish we could be like George Meuller, the man prayed for thousands to be saved. But if you're anything like me, you get so overwhelmed by how many people there are to pray for you either throw out a blanket prayer ("help them all come to salvation") or you feel so paralyzed you hardly pray at all.
When I re-read George Meuller's story a few months ago, God used the simple tale to encourage me to pick five unsaved friends to pray for on a regular basis. This isn't a commitment I'll keep when I remember or when I particularly feel like this. I'm praying for these people until the day I die, they die, or they're saved.
It's sometimes hard to know just how to pray for our unsaved friends, which is why I came up with the 30 Days of Prayer for the Unsaved email guide. When you sign up, you'll receive a daily email with a certain topic and written prayer for the next month. If you, like George Meuller, feel led to pray for your unsaved friends in this way, you can sign up right here.