The Engine Room

By on 10/05/2018

My Engine Room T.E.A.M.

 

I pray this finds you well.

I am writing to ask if you would like to continue on with me in the Engine Room by praying to God for the needs and work of the ministry as we proclaim Christ around the world.

I call it the Engine Room because it is the place where we come to God in prayer who is the source of all power. Prayer is the fire underneath our ministry.

The effect of your prayer and intercession on the Sunnybank event in Brisbane, Australia a couple of weeks ago was amazing. So many things happened in people’s lives behind the scenes it was truly remarkable.

That is the first time we have sent the recordings of the sessions out to anyone. They are normally for sale only but as you were praying I wanted to bless you with them. From to time I will send you recordings but not with every email.

Remember to be on the Engine Room T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone At Mission) there are just TWO RULES you need to know.

  1. Pray in your way for the needs we send you. ‘Your prayer is great prayer. God hears you.’
  2. I will write very personally so please do not share it with others. It’s personal between me and you.

If you know someone else who would like to be on the Engine Room T.E.A.M. get them to write to me first on TheEngineRoom@TheCatholicGuy.com

If you do not want to continue on in the Engine Room Prayer TEAM because you thought it was just for Sunnybank, no problem at all. Thank you. Just send me an email and I will make sure you do not receive any more emails.

 

So here are the prayer requests:

I am writing at a particular time when we are facing challenges that only God can overcome.

PRAYER REQUESTS

 As I have shared in the past, in my final year of school I believe God put on my heart to proclaim Christ ‘to the ends of the earth’. To be truthful, I did not really understand how this would happen or what the details of it were or whether it was just the encouraging thoughts of a teenager in prayer.

It is this vision that decades later still captures me to my very core.

When television on a small channel came into my world I was stunned. Not what I had thought I would be doing but potentially it could go around the world even though at the time it did not. Because God knows our future he prepares us now for what is to come. From Easter Sunday April 12, 1998 I started speaking once or twice a week and then on March 4, 2006 the small television program began and every week I spoke learning how to share faith. I have kept every talk I have given since April 12, 1998.

People do not know their future, but God does, and He prepares us not just with the skill of our hands and mind but mostly by doing the difficult work of transforming our heart, integrity and spirit. This is what God needed to do in me. Conversion is the spiritual work of our lives as we are conformed into the likeness of Christ.

During this time a Catholic Archbishop consistently prompted me to go and speak in Catholic parishes and conduct events of renewal or Mission/Events as they came to be known. In the end reluctantly, I agreed but thought it had no potential. How wrong I was. Tens of thousands of people came over the next few years and they still do. A good number of you in the Engine Room have attended one of these events. The recent event in Sunnybank in Brisbane was one of these.

Then a little over two years ago the door opened to the truly international world of television that operates out of the USA going into every continent in the world. US television executives had seen our little program and approached me. While I was intrigued I didn’t really know if it was possible. It was here that Rosemary encouraged me to go to the USA and see what God might say and do. So, I came to the USA knowing just one person and thinking I was probably just being crazy.

I soon met three other men, one in Tulsa and I had no idea even where that was. Another in a high-rise building in Chicago and a third man who worked on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. None of them would want me to use their names.

They changed my life because they believed that Jesus was worth proclaiming. Many of you from around North America, across Australia and the Pacific, throughout Asia, in countries around Africa, all over Europe owe much, without exaggeration to these three men who believed in you by making this ministry possible these past two years. They have changed so many people’s lives by being on the T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone At Mission. Everyone knows me and is thankful to me, but true sainthood is what happens without any thought of applause. These three men are the workers in the field who will hear the words of Jesus, ‘well done good and faithful servant. Your faith has saved you.’

I owe them so much.

At first, I was unsure if it was even possible as I nor my team had any understanding of how ‘big time’ television works from a production, financial or management perspective. The past two years have been an education at fast-forward speed.

Since we began on the international television program from the US however God has healed, restored, renewed, encouraged and drawn people to encounter Him as their Lord and savior. People have joined Churches, sought forgiveness of those who they have offended and where they are now alone have become brave enough to face the future. Marriages that were shaky have been restored. Young people have encountered Jesus. Priests/Pastors have been strengthened. People have sold homes, changed careers and courses of study because they have encountered Jesus through this little television program. It is an amazing journey.

These three men mentioned above have done this along with my amazing staff and the volunteers who make it all possible

All of this has happened because our loving Father loves people. He loves you.

 

THE CHALLENGE

By you being on the T.E.A.M. through the Engine Room Prayer Team you add the power of prayer to the effort of so many people contributing their skills, talents and resources because prayer is the ‘jet fuel’ that releases God’s grace, mercy and sovereignty over the ministry. You are critical to our Mission of proclamation.

In January we were all very excited with where the ministry was going and then the injury to my eye occurred that could have meant certain blindness if I had not dealt with it immediately. I was told I would be ok in four weeks’ time, but it turned out to be nearly three months.

The injury kept me from traveling which, as my last Engine Room email said, has put the entire ministry in jeopardy from a financial perspective because everything came to a screaming halt when the injury occurred at the end of January.

I arrived in the USA two Saturdays ago.

I write to ask if you the Engine Room will pray.

I have spent the last few days in Dallas, Texas and am writing tonight from Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.

While we face this huge challenge, at the same time the greatest opportunity of my entire ministry career has just been offered to me in the past two weeks that will affect the lives of millions of people around the world. At the moment I am not at liberty to speak about it but without any exaggeration at all when I do tell you, your only response will be to say God is amazing.

If the incident with my eye had not come about, preventing me from travel, this opportunity to proclaim Christ may well have passed by all of us.

So, I am writing to ask you to pray;

  • For the CRITICAL meetings that will take place in the next seven days.
  • For the ability to proclaim Christ powerfully in a life changing manner.
  • For those who are far from God today for any of a number of reasons.
  • For those who are shaky in their faith that God can strengthen them.
  • For the families of all of us on the T.E.A.M.
  • For the provision that we need right now to get through in light of the delay mentioned above.

 

SO HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD FROM HERE IN FAITH.

For those of you who were either at Sunnybank in Brisbane or watched the third session titled, “Walking Daily with God’ the answer is there. If you did not see it just click on the picture below after you have read the email.

In Genesis 15:1-6 God makes a promise to Abraham and that is that he will be the Father of a great nation even though he is 100 years old and his wife Sarah who is 90 years of age is past child bearing age. God in effect makes an impossible promise. What is more is that God promises through this boy that Abraham’s descendants will number more than the stars.

Abraham’s response is that he believed the Lord could do it and it was credited to him as righteousness. In other words, he was in right standing with God for he trusted in God’s promise of having descendants numbering more than the stars. He believed the impossible because God had said it.

God honors His promise and Abraham and His wife have a child named Isaac in their old age.

In Genesis 22 we read the story of the tests. God directs Abraham to offer up his son as a child sacrifice. To do it he has to prepare his supplies, walk for three days, go to the place that God directs Him, build an altar of sacrifice and then bind his son and kill him.

On the surface this is a horrible story that is unimaginable, but all of these steps were purifying the man before God. It is the same in our lives when we walk toward what we believe God is asking of us and we take all the steps and organise all that has to be done because God has said it in our heart.

The underlying story however is where we find ourselves today as a ministry. God was saying, Abraham do you really believe me? Do you believe that I will be faithful to my promise that your descendants will number more than the stars if I remove this boy from you? Do you believe my word to you?

The reality is if we want to walk more deeply with God, the only way to that depth of encounter is through faith in God and his unlimited nature in all things.

In other words, we must say, “God if you are in charge I will believe in you no matter what my circumstances. If you take away Isaac from me I will believe in you or if you leave Isaac with me, I will believe in you.” I am unchanged in my belief in you by the circumstances that I face.

Equally we must say, ‘if you close down our television and traveling ministry I will believe in you and if you let the television and traveling ministry keep going and expand in ways that I simply cannot imagine, I will believe in you.

For me personally, it means my confidence and trust must be in the word, the conviction that has been in my heart since I was a boy, that you have called me to proclaim the Gospel around the world and if you stop this, you will open another door.

What we are saying when we do this is, “God I trust in you no matter what.”

It is in the midst of being in the presence of God no matter what, where the surrender of our lives to God happens and we are transformed in ways we cannot imagine. It is in this submission where our power comes from as we encounter God.

I write to ask that you would pray that God’s will would be done in what we are facing. I don’t know fully just yet, why my eye problem occurred when we were doing so well but God does. I think I am beginning to see why. God has a plan. Don’t be surprised if it becomes a book about these three month when God worked miraculously so that the message of Jesus could go around the world.

So please pray and I will join you.

As I finish please remember what the rules of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. are that I am trusting you will keep;

  1. Pray in your way for the needs we send you. ‘Your prayer is great prayer. God hears you’ whether you pray many times a day or remember this intention just once in a day.
  2. This is personal between you and me so please do not share it with others.

I am looking forward to telling you how God works.

BIBLE

I am very excited that we will be publishing a Bible that will give people the ability to follow the messages on television and online by page number as well as book, chapter and verse.

In the front of the Bible I have put the Application, Reflection Method (ARM) that I have written and use to study the Scriptures and write the Messages or talks that I give as well as use in prayer.

I have two other books that will be released soon but there is nothing that I will ever write that will surpass the Bible. It has truly changed my life as I have heard God speak loudly through it.

I feel greatly privileged to make the Scriptures available to people who have never read them before. Their lives will be changed as we read the Word of God together.

Please pray and comment below.

Father in Jesus name through the power of the Holy Spirit hear our prayer.

Amen.

 

With love

Bruce


37 comments on “The Engine Room

  1. Bruce I will most certainly be part of The Engine Room T.E.A.M. Reading your email I feel an inspiration that I haven’t felt before . Your closeness to God fills me with great hope for the future & your publication of the Bible is amazing .

    I thank & praise the Lord that I met you at Bossley Park & you have changed how I feel in my relationship with God .

    God Bless you in your endeavours I will be praying everyday for you. Chris

    1. Dear Bruce,

      Thank you so much for your very encouraging email Yes I would like to still be part of the Team in the engine Room. It will be a great privilege.

      God’s blessing be with you. Sylvia

  2. God, thank You for the opportunity to pray for all of the intentions mentioned above. Thank you Father for Your Son Jesus and for hearing all of the prayers of this group of prayer warriors! Love and peace to all! Mary, Danbury, Connecticut, USA

  3. Dear Bruce.
    Even before I received this email I had a very strong message to pray for you and all those involved with any of the Bruce Downes retreats or the Praying for Miracles programs or The Engine Room. I spent the past hour in the Adoration Chapel praying. I most certainly will be praying for your Engine Room T.E.A.M. and May Almighty God bless you and your workers In The Name of Jesus and by The Power of The Holy Spirit. Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  4. I believe God gave you a special anointing during the Lenten broadcasts that was powerful and inspired as the messages touched and spoke to me so much. God is amazing and using your ministry throughout the world. It is a privilege to pray for you, Rosemary and all the team both in Australia and US. God bless you and shine His face upon you.

  5. I most certainly will join in prayer. Thank you for all the prayers offered for all. I pray your eye will recover soon

  6. Dear Bruce

    I prayed today for you and your ministry before the Blessed Sacrament at Eucharistic Adoration. I go to my local church every Thursday to fo this.

    May God bless you abundantly and work through your ministry mightily to let those who have ears to hear, as Jesus said.

    I pray also that those hearts of stone are turned to hearts of flesh in Jesus’ name. Amen

  7. Bruce and all involved in T.E.A.M. I have continued praying for all involved and will continue to do so. My God, I Believe – help my unbelief. God’s Love and Mercy fills me to ‘bursting’ point at times.

  8. I will keep continue praying as a part of the T. E. A. M, thank you Bruce for giving me the most worthy opportunity to pray together as team. Father in Jesus name through the power of the Holy Spirit hear our prayer. In Jesus name amen.

  9. Dear Bruce
    I have been praying daily and practicing a discipline which I will add to after my 40 days is up. ( Daily Surrender) I have included the T.E.A.M. and those who attended Sunnybank in my daily prayers and am so blessed to be able to continue with this. I have often felt alone in my journey, but have also become friends with more of the people in my parish and now I have conncections with all the TEAM members across the world. God truly blesses his children. I will continue to put my trust in Him for your ministry and all it involves.
    It was surely a blessed night when unable to sleep due to stress and worry, I turned on the TV and went to ACC and saw your show. You were talking in your kitchen in Perth and you made so much sense and spoke to my heart and that has been my experience ever since.
    Leonie

  10. Dear Bruce,
    I personally am already feeling the transformative and power praying the TEAM prayer throughout each day – and I thank you for being given the opportunity to be a TEAM member in the Engine Room and for your guidance. Please know that I will be praying for the six listed prayer needs in your latest email – especially the meetings over the next seven days. Tomorrow I will offer my Mass for these intentions. I look forward to your next email highlighting how amazing our God is!
    Blessings,
    Lyn

  11. Bruce I feel privileged to be involved with TEAM. I have kept you, your staff and your mission in my daily prayers and will continue to do so. God bless you in your mission.

  12. Dear Bruce, Rosemary and all TEAM members, I will continue to prayer for abundant blessing
    on your ministry, for the complete healing of your eye problems and for the very “Mysterious” future plans. I am so grateful to be in that groundswell of God’s mighty plan for this mission.

  13. Dear Bruce
    Thank you for your lovely letter via the Engine room. How could I ever forget to continue praying for you and the team, even if you had not requested my prayers. May God continue to pour out his graces upon you that all you ever desire will be fulfilled. Happy to be part of the prayer team.

  14. Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, I consider it an honor and a blessing to pray with and for you all. Thank you for the invitation to continue a part of the Engine Room T.E.A.M.

  15. “Where two or three are gathered in my name,,,,,,”
    Together we will be a force.
    God bless you Bruce and your team. God bless the engine room.

  16. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be of the TEAM. In fact I have continued withe prayers for various intentions and will continue once I put my hand to the task there is no going back .com
    I watched every email and the sum up video which I have kept for my revision.
    Will continue as one of the back room prayer support
    God richly bless you and your family and ministry
    S

  17. I pray that you and your team continue to prosper, and the Lord continues to bless you with the amazing gift of speaking out to the world and drawing many in to help us to understand the gospel in a meaningful way.

  18. It is a true blessing to be in the Engine Room and be part of the T.E.A.M. I believe that the messages you send have saved my life and renewed my spiritual life and soul. Thank you Bruce, Rosemary, Staff and fellow T.E.A.M. members. What an honor to be part of God’s messages and to pray in unity with others.God’s Blessings to you all.

  19. Bruce,

    Definitely would like to continue to be part of the T.E.A.M. Thank you for continuing to do God’s work faithfully. I pray that when we struggle with circumstances that we can see, that God will help us to trust that He is moving in ways that we cannot see. Help us to know and understand that God is good and working in ways that will ultimately bring about good. I pray that we have the strength to look to God every day in every way.

  20. Such a privilege to have been part of the ministry for Brisbane Bruce and delighted to continue to be part of TEAM as the Lord is using you and your words to challenge and encourage thousands yes millions to hear the call of God!
    Every blessing to you Rosemary and the entire organisation. My alarm for prayer has continued to be daily on my phone – although the time zone had to be changed! It’s staying on!

  21. Dear Bruce and your ministry team,
    My prayer life has been changing since watching the first Lent broadcast this year -my faith is deepening and my joy in knowing how much God loves me is wonderful.
    I have felt honoured and privileged to be part of the Engine Room Team and rejoice that I can be an intercessor for others and feel close to those I do not know but am praying with and for. This is a gracious gift.
    I will continue to pray for the Catholic Guy Ministry and all those connected to it and by it.
    May God bless you as he blesses us all so abundantly.

  22. Dear Bruce,
    Thank you so much for the email. I am so proud to be part of TEAM. You have shown me the way to meaningful prayer. You have changed my life. God bless you Bruce and all of your team. I will continue to pray daily for you and I can’t wait to see the power of God working through your ministry. I am so blessed to be able to Join with all the others in the engine room.
    Thank you Father God for your many blessings.

  23. Of course I will continue believing you (and the TEAM) are in the right place at the time appointed by God. Fear not. Maria

  24. I humbly wish to accept the offer to continue on the prayer team. I feel it is a great honour to be able to be a part of your great mission even in this small way thank you Donna

  25. Thank you for the email Bruce. I will continue to pray for you and all involved in this mission..God bless, gloria

  26. Dear Bruce
    Thank you for your e-mail
    I feel privileged and proud to be part of the prayer team and I will continue to pray for you and the TEAM daily.

  27. I feel God is at your shoulder. It will be an honour to continue on the T.E.A.M. I pray for the needs of your ministry ,and all members of the Engine Room gathered around the world. May all our prayers keep you safe, and we hope for a happy outcome for your future plans.

  28. Father, I know I am unworthy but use me a your to bring peace, joy, understanding to all human kind.

  29. Thank you Dear Bruce for your inspiring email.I too wish to continue to be part of the Engine Room T.E.A.M.I pray the Morning Offering each day for your intentions

  30. Thank you Bruce, Rosemary and Team. I have a sense of excitement that God is working through you. Be assured that I want to join in praying with the members of the T.E.A.M. I pray that the Holy Spirit will anoint, gift and empower each one of us especially on the beautiful feast of Pentecost. I find the material you send us is very powerful and life-giving. God bless.
    Margaret Australia

  31. Thanks Bruce. Thank you for being a channel that God can use to spread His word and His love. I will keep praying – at times I struggle to pray but being part of the Engine Room helps me to keep going and to keep turning to God for all my needs because He does hear our prayers.
    God bless you and your team

  32. Bruce I will continue to pray for your ministry. It has been a great privilege and joy to be able to follow you these past few months. You have opened my eyes and heart to many feelings. I am blessed to continue on the journey with you.
    God Bless you Bruce!

  33. Please Lord Jesus cover Bruce and Engine Room T.E.A.M. and your ministry team with Our Lord Precious Blood hold them in the palm of Your Hand and protect them. Oh Lord Jesus open the eyes of those who Our Heavenly Father has drawn to Retreats, Missions and Praying for Miracles. That they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and the Love that Jesus will fill them with. I pray Righteous Father thy Will be Done. Amen

  34. I will continue to pray with you and for all the intentions you have asked. Thank you for the awesome way in which you are proclaiming the Lord God to so many and touching so many lives. As I pray for your intentions each day I shall keep you, your intentions and the intentions of your family and your team. God bless you to the full in Jesus name.

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