Alfred Deakin was Australia’s 2nd Prime Minister who was also the nation’s founding father! Australian’s know very little about the man who served his nation so faithfully, with such dedication and humility that even his political enemies loved and admired him.
He established the Australian High Court; he was the founder of the Navy and pioneered many of Australia’s foundations. He worked tirelessly towards seeing the unification of the Australian colonies into a great federation and made Australia one nation. In the first Federal government he was Attorney General and Edmund Barton’s right hand man. Serving as Prime Minister for 3 terms, his Government passed more than 17 critical pieces of legislation and provided important national stability in a very chaotic unstable period.
He was one of the world’s greatest orators of his time, extremely literate; he read 100 books (in English and French) every year for much of his life. Few people understood where his incredible energy, humility and character came from, but the secret was his prayer life.
He wrote down 400 prayers in a small private journal and within these pages are words of profound insight, humility and desire to know the will of God and a desire to be filled with Gods spirit so he could be empowered to serve his nation.
He saw Heaven and heard Gods voice speak to him. Deakin was coming home late one night from Parliament, to his house in South Yarra that was one block from Melbourne botanical gardens – it was just after he lost the election in April 1910 and he was feeling jaded and his nerves were on edge. It was then he heard a voice saying to him, in a pleasant, cheerful and a colloquial tone “Finish your job and turn in” Deakin said ” as if it had come by telegram or cable from afar, but from a living sender much better informed, of far wider outlook and deeper insight and higher authority than my own reflections supply”
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