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SA ACC Prayer Retreat 2010

Report on the Prayer Retreat held at Halbury Emmaus Campsite on Thursday May 6th and Friday 7th May 2010, led by Mandy Scott with the prayer team.

A "Restoration Retreat" May 6 & 7th Halbury South Australia.

What a very special time was had by all, as we came together in this very special gather place. To meet with each other, get to know new people, learn more about God, listen to His voice to us and join in Prayer and Intercession. A time of personal restoration, transformation and renewal, that God set aside for us to spend time with the Him, away from busy lives and ministry. We were all challenged in our personal relationship with the Lord, allowing Him to mould and make us as He Himself chose, in order that we could be more effective for His use.

Have you ever asked the question, how can I be more effective in praying for Prodigals and the Lost?

"The lost will not and indeed cannot be saved unless someone prays for them."

1 Timothy 2 : 3 - 4 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who want all meant to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. "That none should perish" is a powerful reminder of our call to pray and intercede for others.

Praying through scripture is one way that we can enrich our prayers

God responds to his own Word. We can take general promises from the Bible and using the words of Scripture, and pray as if we expect God will fulfil them for us personally.

It will not return to Him void so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11).

We were challenged and empowered in our call to be people of vision. How do we see a concern and feel God's heart about something/s that need restoration and renewal and become a people of vision? What are those things that bother us about the way things are or the way things are headed? That can lead us to pray for ourselves individually, family, community, and leads us to pray for the church.

Visions are born in the soul of a man or a woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what could be.

There are far more needs in the church and the world than any of us has time or energy to meet, and no one is required to try to relieve them all, but what is God specifically calling each of us, individually and corporately to pray about and seek God for solutions?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, let us continue to be stirred in our faith, sharpened by God's Word and be effective for His service.

Yours in Christ
Mandy Scott.

Prayer for the Ephesians
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
(Ephesians 3 : 14 - 21) NIV

"PRAYER FOCUS" ~ "When trouble strikes"

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) NIV

Have you ever handled a fisherman's net? A real fisherman's net is bulky, heavy, difficult to handle and if not cleaned properly, stinks. This
particular passage from 1 Peter and thinking about a fisherman's net, can teach us very valuable lessons about casting my cares, upon the Lord.

This passage was written by Peter. He was a fisherman. We can see by his writing that his livelihood affected his ministry and his writings. The word Peter uses here for "cast" is not used often in scripture. If we keep this in mind now as we imagine... we are Peter. We're in a boat, floating on a vast body of water. Our method of fishing is not the rod and reel. Instead, we have this tangled, twisted mass that is our net. It's heavy and
burdensome. It's hard to work by ourselves. Even so, we take this soggy, cumbersome thing and we fling it away from ourselves. Casting it out upon the sea. Then the waiting begins, to see what will be caught in the net.we have no idea. What will be brought back to us?

Today perhaps, the net represents our personal "cares," our anxieties...whatever is weighing us down. On concerns of heart for ACC, UCA,
Church, community or family. The net representing our twisted mass of cares.

Psalm 62:8 (New International Version)
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

I believe the Lord is encouraging us, as members of ACC to "cast our cares" upon the one who has the power and wisdom to deal with the issues we face each day nationally, personally and corporately. Then we will see how our awesome God will move on our behalf.

Mandy Scott
"PrayerNet" Co - Coordinator