August 16 – September 5, 2015
Jesus asked His own Disciples, “couldn’t you even watch with Me for one hour?” We believe He is asking us the same thing! Will we wake up and watch with Him?
What is the Athens Prayer Watch?
As you might be aware, several pastors and prayer leaders from Athens have been meeting to pray and discuss the possibility of establishing a Watch here in our city. This is a continuous, non-stop prayer covering over Athens. We decided to test the waters and see if God will whet our appetites for more. We are going to do a three week Watch. What people do is sign up for one or more 30-minute slot and then over the next weeks, pray during that time slot. And here’s the best part, you can do it from wherever you are at. You can do it as individuals, as couples or families or even groups. Many groups that are already praying can sign up their slot. This Watch is decentralized and not built around one location. In fact, we want the watchmen to be on the walls all around our city and not just on one tower. More than one person or group can sign up for any given prayer slot, though we would like every slot filled before we start doubling up. We want to connect what God is already doing and stir it up even more.
When is it?
With children and students going back to school, as well as colleges starting back up, we felt this was a great time to do it. The Watch starts at midnight, the beginning of Sunday, August 16 and concludes at midnight, Sunday, September 5. Sign ups begin, today, Wednesday, August 5.
What we are asking?
Everything is pretty quite self-contained once you sign up. But we need to get the word out. And it is quite time sensitive. Please share the word and invite others to join in. Feel free to invite folks who live outside Athens as well. Dive in at whatever level you can.
What we’re praying for?
This is not a time for personal prayer needs. We are not gathering prayer requests (at least not this time through). Our desire is to cry out for God to move in our city. We want to see His presence resting here. So we will be praying for things like our schools, churches, campus ministries, homes, families, pastors, city government, etc. There will be times for repentance and asking for God to pour out His Spirit here in Athens. For those who live outside Athens, we ask that you join us in praying for our city, but please include your church and city as well. When you sign up please type in your church name and city (if outside of Athens) in the “notes” section.
To sign up
Sign ups are done on line at www.slottr.com/sheets/336460. You will click the link and all you need to do is fill in you name, email address (so we can send you the confirmation and prayer guide), mobile phone (optional), and in the notes section include your church’s name (so we can know what churches are involved). That’s it! Once you sign up, I will send you a confirmation email with a prayer guide.
Throughout the Watch you can stay connected with others participating via the Athens Prayer Network FaceBook page – facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281/. People can share what they are praying for, and anything the Lord is putting on their heart or showing them. This will allow you a place to share your thoughts as well as hear what others are getting.
I so appreciate your participation in this trial run. I know we will learn a lot about doing a non-stop watch over our city. Afterwards we will be sending out a brief questionnaire to get feedback from you. And hopefully it won’t be long until we have a more permanent Prayer Watch established in Athens!!!
Bless you heaps!