“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
There is a lot of weariness going around right now. And it is not just coincidence or accidental. It says in Daniel 7:25 that the enemy’s strategy is to “wear out” the saints (ESV). Other translations say “wear down” (NASB) or “oppress” (NIV). I see it and hear about it all over the place. So many pastors (some say up to 50%) would leave the ministry if they could. According to Paul, becoming weary seems to be a choice. We must keep our eyes, affections and efforts fixed on Jesus. As praying people, don’t grow weary in praying (which is doing good) for you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up! We are on the verge of birthing something of God’s purposes in our generation, but the enemy would have us give up before the baby comes. This baby will change the world, forever! Please keep praying and don’t give up!!!
Here are some ways to keep praying this month and beyond….
UGA/Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, April 2 – 10am to noon
Starts at the Arch
Once again, we are hitting the pavement at UGA (and downtown Athens) as we prayerfully walk the paths, preparing the way for what God is about to do! Whether it is wet, dry hot or cold, we cry out for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done here! We meet at the Arch and go from there. Please join us for a great morning with other faith filled followers of Jesus.
Monday, April 11 / 6:30 to 8:30pm
Phoenix Community (worship area) – 660 W Broad St., Athens 30601
We are changing the name from Intercessors Community to Intercessors Huddle, and meeting a at new location and a slightly earlier time. This is an opportunity for intercessors from around Athens to converge, to hear what God has been saying to each of us, and get a sense of where we are heading as we press through this hour!
Wednesday, April 13 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Rd., Athens 30606
This is an opportunity for senior pastors to come together to pray and encourage each other. Pastors are not exempt from the weariness that is plaguing us right now. Please pray for your pastor to make this a priority to unite with other pastors in our city. Together we are better, and can stand in this hour of darkness! Ask God to show them how to prepare for revival and reformation in our city. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life. Pray that God would protect, even expand the kingdom unity among pastors in our city.
Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, April 20 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Rd., Bogart, 30622
This is our monthly opportunity for those who lead Groups and Discipleship Ministries in the Athens area. We come together to share and pray with and for each other. Please join us in praying for those who lead Groups and Discipleship Ministries across Athens, starting with the ones in your church. Groups will be playing an increasingly important role in discipling our city!
Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, April 21 / 9 to 10am
New Covenant Worship Center – 1425 Newton Bridge Rd., Athens 30607
This is our monthly opportunity for those who “run” churches in Athens to come together to share and pray with and for each other. These mighty yet often hidden warriors make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. The nature of their role is one that their job list is never finished. Please pray for them, starting with those who fill this role at your church.
Altar of Fire
Thursday, April 21 / 7 to 9pm-ish
Phoenix Community (worship area) – 660 W Broad St., Athens 30601
This is an opportunity to come meet with God, who is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). The context is surrender as we lay ourselves on His altar, becoming the fuel and asking Him to be the fire. We will also be praying for the upcoming Night of Glory! Please join us if you are at all able!
Night of Glory
Sunday, April 24 / 6 to 8pm (with prayer from 5 to 5:45)
The Classic Center (Athena F) – 300 N Thomas St., Athens 30601
This will be the second, quarterly Sunday evening worship gathering this year. At least a half dozen churches are coming together to gaze on the glory of God and invite the Holy Spirit to come move among us! Our key passages are Habakkuk 2:14 and 2 Corinthians 3:18, with this time looking at Ezekiel 1. Prayer starts at 5pm sharp, with doors opening at 5:45pm for the 6pm corporate start. Everyone is welcome to join us! And please mark your calendar with the others dates for the Night of Glory – July 31 & October 30.
Prayer for the Middle East
Friday, April 29 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605
This is the monthly gathering of a group of passionate prayer warriors who come together to pray for Israel and the nations in the Middle East. This is such a vital time to be standing with Israel! You are most welcome to join in. Even if you can’t be there in person or via Zoom, please take time during the day to pray with them from wherever you may be. There is much power in agreeing prayer!
ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…
Athens Daily Prayer Texts
All across Athens area
Daily Prayer Texts are a quick way to focus prayer across our city. These are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every day at 8am (ET). They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s on your phone, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is an amazingly simple and awesome way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city, for our city!
Give Him 15
Monday through Friday
These are daily prayer thoughts by Dutch Sheets. If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. This will continue till it’s over! Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/. You can also get the written post most days on the APN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281
Wednesdays / 7 to 8am
SWAT Ministries office – 1095 Baxter Street, Athens 30605
This weekly prayer time is facilitated by SendAthens with the focus on praying for the nations as Matthew 9:38 instructs us, “Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” This is open to all churches and ages. If you’re able, please come participate in crying out for the nations! For more info please call or text Bri at 706-201-9351.
Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#
Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).
Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, April 7, 14*, 21 & 28* / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext., Athens 30605
Senior Pastors from around Athens are encouraged to join us every week to contend in prayer together for revival in our city, state and nation. The second and fourth Thursday is open for all pastors, key leaders in churches and intercessors to join us as well (*). Every week is amazing, filled with intensity and a strong sense of God’s presence. Join us if you’re able and please be praying for your pastors and congregation to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit, and to prepare for the revival that is breaking forth right here in our city! Pray specifically, that your pastor would be able to join us if he isn’t already a part of this vital and strategic prayer time together!
Campus Ministers Prayer
Every other Thursday, April 14 & 28 / 3 to 4:15pm
The directors of various campus ministries come together every other Thursday to pray for and with each other for the thousands of students who don’t know Jesus yet, as well as for those students who do know Jesus and are reaching out.
Athens House of Prayer
Phoenix Community – 660 W Broad St., Athens 30601
Starting soon, over the coming weeks and months, we will begin shaping the model through our Thursday night gatherings, training leaders and expanding slots. Please be praying with us as our goal is to ultimately see a non-stop intercessory worship covering over our city
MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking daily to help stay connected with what God is doing and to see how other people are praying in our city! You can also catch the daily blog at APN Blog.
Together, not giving up!!!