I was looking at a friend's adoption blog and found a link about George Mueller. Mueller was originally from Prussia (now part of Germany) but moved to England and settled in Bristol. He eventually opened an orphanage that housed thousands of children over the course of Mueller's life. He never solicited funds nor goods, yet God supplied all of the orphanages needs according to His riches in glory.
I read a biography of George Mueller to the children a few years ago, and it was very compelling. They still remember George Mueller and the orphans of Bristol. He read through the Bible several hundred times during the course of his life; he recorded his prayers in a notebook and then noted when they were answered. His entire life was a testament to faith in a faithful God.
I am including an excerpt from the site. Click here to read the entire page.
In giving advice gained through daily trials of his faith, this father of the orphans laid down rules for a Christian to follow by which they might also strengthen their faith. These rules are:
1. Read the Bible and meditate upon it. God has become known to us through prayer and meditation upon His own Word.
2. Seek to maintain an upright heart and a good conscience.
3. If we desire our faith to be strengthened, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried, and therefore, through trial, be strengthened.
The last important point for the strengthening of our faith is that we let God work for us, when the hour of trial of our faith comes, and do not work a deliverance of our own. Would the believer therefore have his faith strengthened, he must give God time to work.
There was no detail too insignificant to take to the Lord in prayer. He lived literally according to the passage, "In all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God." "Real trust in God is above circumstances and appearances," he affirmed.
"It is not enough to begin to pray," he advises us, "nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly continue in prayer, until we obtain an answer; and further, we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing."