Hi, my name is Alex Cuttiford and I’m married to the beautiful Melissa. We have been married for four years now and together are associate pastors of Generocity Church Bathurst. Generocity is a multi-campus church that plants campuses in regional and rural Australia.
What I do for fun
Melissa and I are always on the lookout for new cafés to try. We love to think about travelling and occasionally, actually do it. Our last trip was to the US for a month in 2017. I play AFL for the Bathurst Giants and am a proud West Coast Eagles supporter.
I became a Christian in 2009, but it wasn’t until my sister’s wedding in December of 2012 that I understood what I was looking for. As I listened to them speak about their faith I realised, Jesus wants to be in a relationship with me. I honestly left that wedding a different person.
I had come back for the wedding from being overseas for seven months, but I decided I would stay in Bathurst for a while. Here I was – no job, no friends and no money… just a new-found passion for Jesus. So, for the first time in my life I started reading the bible and for the next 3 months, that’s all I did. That season was one typified by revelation. I just kept reading and God kept giving me understanding and insight.
As I kept pressing into God, He started to reveal Himself to me in powerful ways. I had dreams and He would wake me in the night with an intense need to pray. I started to read different books about prayer, alongside what the bible was teaching me and I was becoming convinced that it was a powerful thing.
Melissa then had a dream that lead me to 1 Timothy 2: 1-3 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for Kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our saviour.”
That day, I knew God had called me to be a man of prayer and to teach others about it.
My main points
– We need to cultivate a relational prayer life.
– Prayer is diverse in its expression.
– Every aspect of your life affects your prayer life. The way you treat people, the decisions you make, your thoughts and attitudes all matter in a relational prayer life.
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Let’s go on a journey together.