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MY PRAYER REQUESTS

2017 has been a big year for us. In February, we did lunch for 300 people. We took 60 children on the journey of a lifetime over three legs including a plane trip, a train trip, and a boat trip. In August, we moved into our new auditorium. We had a guest Archbishop. In October, we had a guest bishop. We had an Australian touring group perform. In November, we had a home-grown Sunday. In December, we had a chart-topping Nashville singer. We had our annual Children’s Christmas Play. We had a community carols outreach which was also outside broadcasted by WayFM. And we had our first Christmas Day service in our new auditorium with a special first-time duet from my two youngest daughters. Added to all this, we held four special water baptism services throughout the year for those who accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour. It’s been a big year!     

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In the midst of all this, we implemented a monthly Sunday night leaders training, monthly Pastors and Elders team breakfast, a monthly Home Group leaders breakfast, and a monthly Care Team breakfast (which morphed into a monthly lunch). My preaching schedule included – The 10 Principles For Living A Balanced LifeThe Journey Of A Life TimeYour New Chapter, Lamentations Series, 10 Guest Service messages, Understand The Book Of Revelation SeriesBy Virtue SeriesWorship Seriesand reaching Part 186 in the Jeremiah Series. Supplementing this were our Home Group study seriesName – A Story, Finding True Love, and Building A Covenant Community. In addition to this, ICI College Australia has given me the opportunity to supervise degree level Theology students around Australia to train for Christian ministry. Partly due to these demands, I relinquished my role as the tennis coach at Legana Tennis Club and officially retired. And last week, Kim and I farewelled Zoe to Melbourne so she could continue her law degree there. It’s been a big year.

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Big years, the kind where positive things are planned and realised, don’t just happen. They require two key things. Firstly, dedication, and secondly, dedicated people. This year could not have happened unless many dedicated people played their part. A lot was asked of our worship team this year. A lot was asked of our Board this year. A lot was asked of our staff this year. A lot was asked our Builder this year. A lot was asked our of volunteers this year. Without their dedication, we would not have had a big year.

This kind of dedication is cultivated in the Spirit by prayer. It is fuelled by prayer. It is sustained by prayer. It needs prayer. One dedicated leader on their own could not ever achieve what a dedicated team can achieve. When I consider all that the Apostle Paul achieved, it is a remarkable parallel that his level of achievement inversely parallels his own estimation of his ability to achieve things on his own. Consider Paul’s journey.

From considering himself a ‘Super-Apostle’:

Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.
Second Corinthians 11:5

To considering himself the ‘least of the Apostles’: 

For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
First Corinthians 15:9

To considering himself to be ‘the chief of sinners’:

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
First Timothy 1:15

Perhaps as a result of this journey, Paul never asked for anyone to pray for him alone – and he never asked for prayer for his adverse circumstances to change. Rather, the veteran Apostle Paul always for prayer for “us” – that is, for his team.

¶ Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you,
Second Thessalonians 3:1

I think we have much to learn from the Apostle who was used to pen 75% of the New Testament and was responsible for taking the Gospel into Asia and Europe in his lifetime (which laid the foundation for the Gospel to be taken into Africa, the Americas, and Oceania (which includes Australia and New Zealand)). Paul’s achievements lead us to see that dedication and dedicated people also need the prayers of God’s people for there to be the greatest effectiveness. With this in mind, I would like to request your prayers please.

Could you please pray for us to-

  • be faithful to Christ despite whatever success might tempt us into conceit
  • have wisdom to know how to best care for people
  • hear the voice of God’s Spirit and the strength to obey
  • have sufficient physical strength to sustain the Lord’s mission
  • be able to faithfully declare the whole counsel of God’s Word without succumbing to the fear of man.

I, and my team, would greatly covet your prayers.

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Your Pastor,

Andrew

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6 Comments

  1. michael norman moore

    I am asking God for a Supernatural Financial Blessing to Cover my Rent, Debts, & Other Obligations, also a Internal Physical Healing. Thank you. Michael Moore.

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    • Nneka

      Am asking God for financial and career breakthrough. Am also believing God for my physical healing and Deliverance, I’ve not been able to see my menstrual period for 8 months. Pls pray for restoration.

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    • yubraj paija pun

      Well iam an asylum seeker in protection visa in Australia Melbourne with no income no work rights no health card at the moment iam suffering from Diabetes 2 high blood pressure and nose block which i can’t sleep at night at the moment i have abdomen hernia alots of immigration challenges which is really hard for me iam dying day by please pray for my health condition and immigration matter in jesus name amen

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  2. Brendan Barnard

    Please pray that the Fire of God reigns within me and my family

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  3. a.

    Please pray for these pets to get home, otherwise they will be killed in the shelter. Cat and 3 kittens, 2 old dogs, 1 young dog. Thank you

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  4. Tams

    Ease Richard’s anxiety and stress. Help him to look to and trust in the Lord. Help him find rest and peace in the Lord. Help him leave his fears at the cross. Help him to get the rest, relaxation, quiet, and the sanctuary he needs. Restore balance in his life. Help him gain financial freedom. Help him to pray without ceasing. Help him find healthy ways of dealing with anxiety other than drugs, alcohol and aggression. Help him to attend church. Help him heal past wounds and leave the past behind. Help him to forgive. Protect him from his ex-wife who won’t leave him alone until she’s ruined him, protect from the enemy and all his attacks. Bless him abundantly. Show him YOU are with him. Help him draw boundaries with his friends and family.

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