Prayer Wall Sample 1

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Nathan Botley

“I praise God for Steve Smith. When I was going through one of the most difficult times in my life, he was there. He prayed with me, encouraged me and counseled me. Steve is definitely a pastor’s pastor with the heart of God for His people. The fact that he’s willing to give his life solely to prayer and encourage pastors and leaders to pray is quite amazing.  My desire is to exemplify that in my city (Hartwell, GA) and Steve has been willing to coach me and guide me with a spirit of excellence. Thank you God for this awesome gift to the Body of Christ, Athens, GA and to me. I pray that financial provision, in abundance be released in his life. Keep him God in Psalm 91. I believe that greater is coming soon for Steve and his family. In Jesus name, Amen!” Lead Pastor – Sonship Harvest Ministries www.facebook.com/sonshipharvestministries

Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?
In late May I had a dream. Now, I am a very visual person and I dream pretty much the moment I close my eyes until I open them in the morning. Often it is quite exhilarating, though sometimes it can be exhausting! But this dream gripped me, and I actually remembered it quite clearly. My oldest son, Deron, and my wife, Shellie, were taking me to the airport. We had all kinds of obstacles and stops. We even had to change vehicles along the way. Finally we arrived and I realized that I did not have my passport and would not be able to take my trip. There was no time to go home, grab my passport and get back for my flight. Then I woke up. It was a long dream with a fast climax! I thought that I was prepared, ready for my trip, only to discover at the last moment I actually wasn’t ready. Isn’t it a terrible feeling to suddenly discover you are not ready when you thought you were?

It’s like a student studying for an exam only to get to class to find that the material on the test does not match what was studied! It’s that feeling of being hit in your gut!

Now is the time to prepare

Having been involved in many moves, you don’t wait until the movers arrive to get ready for it. I have been there, done that. It is terrible and exhausting! Things get lost and broken.

You don’t wait until the battle starts to get ready for it. Training on warfare, acquiring weapons and ammo, developing your strategies must happen before the bullets start flying. If you are not ready to fight, the enemy will overtake you!

You don’t wait for the crisis to hit to prepare for it. In coastal areas as a hurricane bears down you need to board up your windows. If you are not ready with the materials you just may not be able to protect your house.

You can’t wait until the trumpet sounds or you’ll be left behind. Now is the time to choose Christ. Now is the day to prepare for eternity with Him.

Right now in our home we are preparing for a wedding. My son Deron is getting married on June 27. I have the honor of officiating this precious moment. A wedding is not something you just show up at and do, then dive into a great marriage. There are two vital components going on. The first is we have a task at hand, a wedding to pull off. It is something we’ve got to do. And the little things matter! From wedding party, guest lists and invitations to venues, caterers, cakes and clothes. You got rings and things, showers and flowers, DJ’s and the honeymoon. And that’s just the beginning. Let me tell you it is a big deal! But the more important component is the relationship. We can prepare for a great wedding and have a dud of a marriage. So in preparing for a wedding we must also prepare for the marriage. In fact, it would be better to have a dud wedding and have an awesome marriage. But fortunately you don’t have to decide between the two, you can have both.

Check out this sobering passage about not being ready…

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Here are some folks, in fact, many of them, who poured their lives out in service for Jesus. They cast out demons, which is a pretty intense ministry. They prophesied, speaking the heart of God to others. They even performed miracles, many miracles, releasing heaven on earth. From an outward appearance they would look like the heroes of the faith, the ones who would be getting the greatest rewards. They were at church every Sunday, they tithed, they served and they even prayed! But as they try to get into heaven Jesus speaks to them words that cut to the bone. He says, “Get away from Me. I never knew you!” Ouch!!! They knew Him or at least knew about Him enough to use His name effectively. They actually believed they were saved!!!

Later in Matthew 25 Jesus talks about 10 virgins who thought they were ready. Here were ten young ladies who had prepared for this very moment. They all believed they were ready. Yet only five actually were. To the five who were deceived into believing they were ready the bridegroom said, “I don’t know you!” He refused to open the door to them. We can think we are ready when we actually are not! Though their lack of “oil” is what delayed them, what kept them outside was the fact that the bridegroom did not know them!

Then in Revelation 19 we find that the bride has made herself ready. What sets the bride apart is that she is ready. We can know we are ready. But the key is not what we do but Who we know, or more importantly Who knows us!

Those who are ready know and are known by Jesus. This takes time! We were not saved because God needed workers in His kingdom. Jesus came and died for us because He wanted lovers. In Hebrews it says that for the joy set before Him (that’s a loving bride) Jesus endured the cross. It’s not about being doers. It’s all about being lovers! Working lovers will always out perform loving workers. Yes we have a task to do and it is vital we do it. But the most important thing, the one thing (Psalm 27:4), is to pursue Jesus.

The greatest thing we can do now is become lovers of God and lovers of people! He wants wholehearted, risk-taking lovers of Him! This does not happen accidentally. This requires us to open up our hearts to Him through spending time with Him. It involves us allowing Him to search us and know us (Psalm 139). Lovers create a secret history between each other. They may even have their own language and names for each other. It is a secret place, a garden where they meet, embrace, share life, share dreams, share struggles and just hang out together. This is preparing for eternity now! Jesus is knocking at the door of our hearts (Rev 3:20). Are we going to open it up and let Him into our garden?

Revelation 19:7 (NIV)
Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.

Here’s the link to the recent sermon I preached on this topic at Cornerstone Church, in Athens Georgia (May 31, 2015)…
vimeo.com/129360837

Prayer Opportunities in June 2015

Summer is here. Pace may change, but please keep pressing into God on behalf of our city. These are crucial times!!! Be praying that pastors and leaders find refreshment and renewal this summer, and that God would do amazing things to reveal His glory here in Athens over these next few months.

Prayer for the Middle East & Africa
Date: Wednesday, June 3 / noon – 1:00pm
Location: Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 N. Milledge Ave., Athens 30601
Details: Join with others from across our city to pray for the people affected by the conflict in Syria and throughout the Middle East.

Pastors Prayer Gathering
Date: Wednesday, June 10 / 9:00 – 10:00am
Location: Bethel Baptist Church – 59 N Main Street, Watkinsville 30677
Details: A fantastic opportunity to connect with other senior pastors from around Athens and to pray for and with each other. Gate keepers, come and unite hearts!

Prayer Walking
Date: Saturday, June 13 / 10:00am – noon
Location: Meet at the UGA arch – Corner of Broad St & College Ave
Details: This is an beautiful opportunity to connect with other followers of Jesus, to strategically pray on the UGA campus and/or downtown Athens, and get some exercise!!!

All Pastors & Ministers Prayer Gathering
Date: Thursday, June 18 / 10:00 – 11:00am
Location: Athens Prayer Center (Cornerstone) – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
Details: For everyone involved in full time ministry in Athens, this provides an opportunity to pray and connect with other pastors and make some new friends!

Transformed Conference
Date: Friday noon – Saturday 6:30pm / June 19-20
Location: Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
Details: Equipping the Saints for Kingdom Momentum.  There are five in-depth teaching tracks to choose from, where you will examine God’s Word and experience practical, relevant application so that you might be ignited with confidence to boldly model and declare the Kingdom of God right where God has placed you in our world! Transformed Christ-followers affect the world around them! For more information or to register check outhttp://www.asmwa.org/Transformed

Worship Pastors / Directors Prayer
Date: Wednesday, June 24 / 9:00 – 10:00am
Location: Wesley Foundation – 1196 S Lumpkin Street. Athens 30605
Details: This is an opportunity to connect and pray with other worship pastors / directors from Athens. May God release a new song over our city!

Ongoing…

Athens International Prayer Center
Open: M-F / 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursdays – 6:30-8pm encounter gatherings.
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: This is open for anyone who wants to come and just be with Jesus. You can come for as little as a few minutes or stay and soak for several hours. It is a peaceful place to sit with Him in the context of ongoing worship, to press in with God in intercession or even do some homework or business at one of the tables. For more info, contact Pastor Robert at 706-549-0000 or robert.sheppard@cornerstoneathens.cc

Prayer Opportunities in May 2015

A new season is upon us. College students leaving for the summer (some for good), students and kids having a summer break, and families here and there for vacation. It’s time to press into God and pray even more. Here are a few opportunities to pray with others during the month of May.

Prayer for the Middle East & Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 6 / noon – 1:00pm
Location: Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: A great opportunity to pray for the families and communities affected by the conflict in Syria and across the Middle East, and those in West Africa dealing with the Ebola epidemic.

National Day of Prayer
Date: Thursday, May 7 / Early morning through to night!
Location: All over Athens (and the USA)
Details: Join with tens of thousands of others across our nation, praying for our nation! This is going to be an awesome day of united prayer for our city, state and nation! The day will start with a prayer breakfast with Mark Richt. There will be ongoing prayer opportunities throughout the day, with prayer at the Courthouse steps at noon. The day with culminate with a citywide prayer gathering in the evening at Cornerstone Church.

I – Prayer Breakfast
Time: 7:00 – 8:30am; extended prayer time until 9:00am
Location: The Classic Center – 300 N. Thomas St., Athens, 30601
Details: Featured speaker Coach Mark Richt
Cost: $250 per table for 10 or $25 per person
Contact Bob Bowen for tickets: 706-614-6210

II – Ongoing Hourly Prayer Opportunities
Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Athens School of Ministry & Worship Arts (ASM&WA) – 1331 New High Shoals Rd, Watkinsville 30677
Details: Throughout the day we will be praying down specific themes. You can join us either at ASM&WA or wherever you are. Imagine specific prayer going up all over the city! With one voice across Athens, praying in agreement as the Lord leads you throughout the day our desire is to see an open heaven. Everyone is invited to pray together according to the Hourly Prayer Focus.

10:00 to 11:00am – Our nation and the world
11:00 to Noon – Health care in Athens
Noon to 1:00pm – Local government, police, fire, and community service
1:00 to 2:00 – Colleges and schools in Athens
2:00 to 3:00 – Businesses in Athens
3:00 to 4:00 – Churches and ministries in Athens
III – Prayer at the Courthouse steps
Time: Noon – 1:00pm
Address: 325 E. Washington St., Athens 30601
Details: Starting promptly, there will be a time of public, corporate and unified prayer. This will be broadcast live on WMSL (88.9FM). The prayer focus will include… Government, Family, Church, UGA/Schools, and our City

IV – Citywide Prayer Gathering
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens, 30605
Details: This is going to be an amazing conclusion to the National Day of Prayer across Athens. Churches from across our city will converge to worship and pray as one voice. Pastors, ministers and worship leaders from these churches will facilitate the prayer and worship throughout the evening. It is a beautiful expression of the unity that God is establishing in our city. Please free your schedule to be there!!!

Prayer Walking
Date: Saturday, May 9 / 10:00am – noon
Location: Meet at the UGA arch and we’ll go from there!
Details: This is open for everyone who wants to connect with other followers of Jesus, to strategically pray on the UGA campus and/or downtown Athens, and get some exercise! What an awesome opportunity!

Pastors Prayer Gathering
Date: Wednesday, May 13 / 9:00 – 10:00am
Location: City Church Athens – 4019 Atlanta Highway, Athens 30606
Details: A fantastic opportunity to connect with other senior pastors from around Athens and to pray for and with each other. Gate keepers, come and unite hearts!

All Pastors & Ministers Prayer Gathering
Date: Thursday, May 21 / 10:00 – 11:00am
Location: Athens Prayer Center (Cornerstone) – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
Details: An opportunity for everyone involved in fulltime ministry in Athens. Come to pray and connect with other pastors. Make some new friends! Advance God’s kingdom!!!

Worship Pastors / Directors Prayer
Date: Wednesday, May 27 / 9:00 – 10:00am
Location: Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
Details: This is an opportunity to connect and pray with other worship pastors / directors from Athens. May God release a new song over our city!

Ongoing…

Athens International Prayer Center
Open: M-F / 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursdays – 6:30-8pm encounter gatherings.
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: This is open for everyone. You can come for as little as a few minutes or stay and soak for several hours. It is a peaceful place to sit with Jesus in the context of ongoing worship, to press in with God in intercession or even do some homework or business at one of the tables. For more info, contact Pastor Robert at 706-549-0000 or robert.sheppard@cornerstoneathens.cc

Spiritual Warfare is Not a Bad Thing

We want to live at peace but we are at war. We are at war with terrorist who are ruthless and won’t stop until their evil plans are fulfilled. We are at war with nations who would love to wipe us, and Israel off the map. We are at war, with a foe who desires nothing more than to kill, steal and destroy. Yet, we live as if we were at peace. We eat, drink and are concerned about what we will wear and where we will live. We are unaware of the constant battle raging just beyond our perception. Spiritual warfare is not something we do or we go to, it is something we live, 24/7. And it is not a bad thing. In this current age there are two kingdoms in conflict. Someday we will live at peace with the Prince of Peace ruling and reigning. That day is determined but it is not here yet. Until then we are at war. It is demonstrated through the physical, but our struggle is not against flesh and blood!

Too many believers slumber on, as if there was no urgency of the hour. Back in the Garden of Eden, man gave over his dominion of the earth to the devil. We have been fighting to take it back ever since. Jesus’ finished work of the cross changed everything. We are the victors, yet we must fight to reclaim that which belongs to us. There is no victory without a battle. Besides the wounds and the casualties, with every battle come the spoils, the rewards and the heroes. Champions are forged on the battlefield. Without a battle, territory cannot be taken.

Repeatedly we are told to stay alert, watch, be diligent and sober minded. We are told to stand firm, to contend, to resist, and to advance. We are not attacked, but we are also the attackers, advancing the Kingdom of God. The enemy tries to get us to believe that he is the only aggressor and that we must guard our gates. Sure our enemy does harass us and causes damage, but primarily to those who are not aware or don’t want to engage in the battle. Nevertheless, Jesus talked of a militant church that would besiege and overcome the gates of hell. We are told in all things we are to be more than conquerors. We are to rejoice in our trials, in our battles know that there is good in it. It is in the battle that through our response we collect spoils that we can bring as an offering to Jesus on the slopes of heaven in eternity. These treasures are only available now in the furnace of adversity.

This is a day for us to rise up and pray like we have never before. It is a day to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God, allowing His light to shine through everything we do and penetrate every relationship we have. It is a day to preach the gospel always and when necessary use words (St. Francis of Assisi).

Thanks for engaging in this war with us! The ramifications are eternal!!!

Prayer Opportunities in April 2015

Unity Prayer

Date: Sunday, April 5 / 9:30 – 11:00pm
Venue: Classic City Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: This is a “for college students only” that brings together students from many different campus ministries and several different churches. It is definitely a grassroots movement. If you’re a college student please come if you are able. If you know a college student, please pass the word to them. If you are not able to join us, please join us in prayer for our city and our university students from wherever you are at!

Prayer Summit
Date: Wednesday, April 8 / 9:00 – 10:30am
Location: Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, Athens
Details: This is for senior pastors AND their pastoral teams, OR any one who is a pastor or minister in Athens, AND those who are key intercessors to come together for a time to connect and pray with other leaders of our city. This is a powerful and united gathering of God’s gatekeepers in Athens. Please mark your calendar and begin inviting others to this important prayer event!

Prayer for the Middle East & Africa
Date: Wednesday, April 8 / noon – 1:00pm
Location: Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: Everyone is welcome to join us to pray for the families and communities affected by the conflict in Syria and across the Middle East, and those in West Africa dealing with the Ebola epidemic.

Prayer Walking
Date: Saturday, April 11 / 10:00am – noon
Location: Meet at the UGA arch and we’ll go from there!
Details: This is open for everyone who wants to connect with other followers of Jesus, to strategically pray on the UGA campus and/or downtown Athens, and get some exercise! What an awesome opportunity!

Community (Prayer) Crusade
Date: Saturday, April 18  / 8:30 – 10:30am
Location: Hope Springs Christian Fellowship – 1025 Baxter Street, Athens 30606
Details: 4 or more churches from the Rocksprings area are drawing up a circle around the neighborhood in prayer. Folks will be kneeling in prayer around the parameter for 30 minutes. The boundaries are Baxter Street, Collins Avenue, Waddell Street, and Rocksprings Street. We’d love to have you join us if you can, even if you are not from the Rocksprings area. If you are not able to come, but want to join us in prayer from wherever you are at, please do so, specifically from 9:30-10am. Ask God to pour out His grace, His love and His glorious light into this area. For more info contact Lloyd Craft (678-346-8956 or lgc.craft@gmail.com)

Unity Prayer
Date: Sunday, April 26 / 9:30 – 11:00pm
Venue: Classic City Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: This is a “for college students only.” You won’t want to miss this last Unity Prayer for the school year. Even if you are not a college student, please pray for all the students as they finish up their term, many will be graduating and leaving Athens. Pray that God would protect and bring forth a harvest from the seeds that were planted in their hearts while at UGA. Pray also that God would prepare the hearts of those who will be returning to come back for a strong start in the Fall.

Worship Pastors / Directors Prayer
Date: Wednesday, April 29 / 9:00 – 10:00am
Location: Paul Reeve’s home
Details: This is an opportunity to connect and pray with other worship pastors / directors from Athens. (If you are a worship pastor/director, please email me and I’ll send you Paul’s address).

Please note the normal pastors prayer and all pastors & ministers prayer will not be meeting this month in lieu of the Pastors Prayer Summit which encompasses both groups.

Ongoing…

Athens International Prayer Center
Open: M-F / 9:00am – 5:00pm, 5:15 – 6:15pm (prayer for individuals – needs, healing, etc.)
Thursdays – 6:30-8pm encounter gatherings.
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: Everybody is welcome to come for as little as a few minutes or stay several hours. It is a peaceful place to just sit with Jesus in the context of ongoing worship, to press in with God in intercession or even do some homework or business at one of the tables. For more info, contact Pastor Robert at 706-549-0000 or robert.sheppard@cornerstoneathens.cc

Coming Up…

National Day of Prayer
Date: Thursday, May 7 / Early morning through to night!
Location: All over Athens (and the USA)
Details: Join with tens of thousands of others across our nation, praying for our nation! This is going to be an awesome day of united prayer for our city, state and nation! The day will start with a prayer breakfast with Mark Richt. There will be ongoing prayer opportunities throughout the day, with prayer at the Courthouse steps at noon. The day with culminate with a citywide prayer gathering in the evening at Cornerstone Church.

I – Prayer Breakfast
Time: 7:00 – 8:30am; extended prayer time until 9:00am
Location: The Classic Center – 300 N. Thomas St., Athens, 30601
Details: Featured speaker Coach Mark Richt
Cost: $250 per table for 10 or $25 per person
Contact Bob Bowen for tickets: 706-614-6210

II – Ongoing Hourly Prayer Opportunities
Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Athens School of Ministry & Worship Arts (ASM&WA) – 1331 New High Shoals Rd, Watkinsville 30677
Details: Throughout the day we will be praying down specific themes. You can join us either at ASM&WA or wherever you are. Imagine specific prayer going up all over the city! With one voice across Athens, praying in agreement as the Lord leads you throughout the day our desire is to see an open heaven. Everyone is invited to pray together according to the Hourly Prayer Focus. For more details see… asmwa.org/National-Day-of-Prayer.

III – Prayer at the Courthouse steps
Time: Noon – 1:00pm
Address: 325 E. Washington St., Athens 30601
Details: Starting promptly, there will be a time of public, corporate and unified prayer. This will be broadcast live on WMSL (88.9FM). The prayer focus will include… Government, Family, Church, UGA/Schools, and our City

IV – Citywide Prayer Gathering
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens, 30605
Details: Multiple churches from across Athens converging to worship and pray as one voice. Pastors and worship leaders from these churches will facilitate the prayer and worship throughout the evening. It is an amazing expression of the unity God is establishing in our city. You won’t want to miss this!!!

Prayer Opportunities in March 2015

Athens International Prayer Center

Open: M-F / 9am-5pm, 5:15-6:15pm (prayer for individuals – personal needs, healing, etc.)
Thursdays – 6:30-8pm encounter gatherings.
Location: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens
Details: Everybody is welcome to come for as little as a few minutes or stay several hours. It is a peaceful place to just sit with Jesus in the context of ongoing worship, to press in with God in intercession or even do some homework or business at one of the tables. For more info, contact Pastor Robert at 706-549-0000 or robert.sheppard@cornerstoneathens.cc

Night of Worship and Prayer at WFBC
Date: Sunday, March 1 / 6-7pm
Location: WFBC, Life Center – 1610 Simonton Bridge Road, Watkinsville
Details: Just finishing up 40 days of prayer, WFBC is celebrating what God has done. This opportunity to worship and pray is open for everyone!

Unity Prayer
Date: Sunday, March 1 / 9:30-11pm
Venue: Classic City Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: This is a “for college students only” that brings together students from many different campus ministries and several different churches. It is definitely a grassroots movement. If you’re a college student please come if you are able. If you know a college student, please pass the word to them. If you are not able to join us, please join us in prayer for our city and our university students from wherever you are at!

Prayer for the Middle East & Africa
Date: Wednesday, March 4 / noon-1pm
Location: Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 Milledge Ave., Athens
Details: Everyone is welcome to join us to pray for the families and communities affected by the conflict in Syria and across the Middle East, and those in West Africa dealing with the Ebola epidemic.

Night of Worship at Compass
Date: Sunday, March 8 / 6pm
Location: Wesley Foundation – 1196 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens
Details: Compass Church is hosting a night of seeking God in worship. Everyone is welcome to join in.

Pastors Prayer Gathering
Date: Wednesday, March 11 / 9-10am
Location: Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
Details: For “senior pastors only.” It’s a time to come together to pray for and with each other for our city. If you are not a senior pastor, please take this opportunity to be praying for your pastor during this time slot!

Prayer Walking
Date: Saturday, March 14 / 10am-noon
Location: Meet at the UGA arch and we’ll go from there!
Details: This is open for everyone who wants to connect with other followers of Jesus, to strategically pray on the UGA campus and/or downtown Athens, and get some exercise! What an awesome opportunity!

All Pastors & Ministers Prayer Gathering
Date: Thursday, March 19 / 10-11am
Location: Athens International Prayer Center – 4680 Lexington Rd., Athens
Details: This is gathering for “all pastors & ministers” from around Athens to come together to connect and pray for and with each other.

Time of Healing Prayer
Date: Thursday, March 19 / 7-8:30pm
Location: St James United Methodist – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens, 30606
Details: This is an opportunity to receive prayer for healing! Everyone is welcome!

Spiritual Warfare Conference
Date: Friday night – Saturday morning, March 20-21
Location: City Church – 4019 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, 30606
Details: Steve Smith will be teaching on various practical facets of spiritual warfare, specifically for the local church and the city. More specific details will be available soon. Please mark your calendar!

Worship Pastors / Directors Prayer
Date: Wednesday, March 25 / 9-10am
Location: Paul Reeve’s home
Details: This is an opportunity to connect and pray with other worship pastors / directors from Athens.

Coming Up…

Prayer Summit
Date: Wednesday, April 8 / 9-10:30am
Location: Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, Athens
Details: This is for senior pastors AND their pastoral teams, OR any one who is a pastor or minister in Athens, to come together for a time to connect and pray with other leaders of our city. This is a powerful and united gathering of God’s gatekeepers in Athens. Please mark your calendar and begin inviting others to this important prayer event!

National Day of Prayer
Date: Thursday, May 7 / Early morning through to night!
Location: All over Athens (and the USA)
Details: Join with tens of thousands of others across our nation, praying for our nation! Please mark your calendar. This is going to be an awesome day of united prayer for our city, state and nation! The day will start with a prayer breakfast with Mark Richt. There will be on-site prayer opportunities throughout the day, with prayer at the Courthouse steps at noon. The day with culminate with a citywide prayer gathering in the evening at Cornerstone Church. For more details… asmwa.org/National-Day-of-Prayer

No Common Ground

I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.] John 14:30 AMP

One of the keys to effective intercession and spiritual warfare is the concept of no common ground. Over the years I have seen so many people getting beat up in the context of warfare because they had areas in their lives that were not surrendered to Christ. How can we defeat the enemy when we have side doors open to him? Likewise, how can we walk in effective and powerful intercession when we haven’t won the battle in our own life?

When Satan came at Jesus, there was nothing in Jesus that allowed the enemy access. When we have unconfessed sin in our life we open ourselves to all sorts of problems, especially if we desire to walk as victorious warriors for Jesus.

A constant prayer in our heart must be, “O God do in me anything you need to do, so that You can do through me everything that You want to do!” This is a cry of surrender to Him, to set us free from all that holds us back. It is praying with David, “Search me O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT).

If we regularly pray this prayer the Lord will show us things hidden in our heart that don’t please Him and are open doors for the enemy. He will bring to mind sins that we may or may not even remember. Some things we may not even consider sin. Other areas He might show us are people we need to forgive. He may reveal disappointments and unfulfilled expectations that we have allowed to erode our faith in God. He could expose faulty opinions that have been spoken to us from well meaning influences in our lives. He could open our eyes to see vows we have made and have broken (and btw He takes our vows seriously). He could even show us curses over our lives that need to be rejected!

All this to say, God wants us to create a home where He feels welcome! This home is in our heart. The more welcomed and uncluttered with rubbish our hearts are, the more He will be able to come and occupy it with His presence. The more He does that, the more victory we will experience in our lives.

God is calling His people to be holy, as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). We cannot do that in our own strength. This requires our surrendering to Him and letting the Holy Spirit show us what’s there. As He does this He is preparing a militant and pure bride who will be powerful in the battle and effective in intercession. Let’s be like Jesus, and allow there to be no common ground with the devil in our lives!