Using Scriptures as a Prayer Guide

One of the reasons people do not pray more is that they don’t know what to pray. Most folks after a few minutes run out of things and people to pray for. But alas, God has provided us with an unlimited source of prayer fuel. The scriptures themselves are an incredible source of prayer. Whether you pray “prayers” out of the Bible or you take promises and turn them into dialog with Jesus, the scriptures unlock a whole new level of prayer.

So as we pray for Athens, and specifically, the University of Georgia, please try praying through this prayer guide. Use it as a launch pad to allow the Spirit to guide you into the prayer He desires. We truly believe God is awakening prayer here so that He can do what He has been preparing for over these past hundreds of years!

Proclaiming God’s Holy Character – Isaiah 6:2 (NLT)

 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!    The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

Releasing God’s Plan for UGA – Isaiah 25:1 (NLT)

O Lord, I will honor and praise your name,    for you are my God.

Crying for authentic worship and relationship with Jesus – Isaiah 29:13 (NLT)

And so the Lord says,    “These people say they are mine.

Preparing the way for the Lord – Isaiah 40:3-5 (ESV)

A voice cries:

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Proclaiming God over every idol – Isaiah 44:6-8

 This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies:

“I am the First and the Last;
there is no other God.
Who is like me?
Let him step forward and prove to you his power.
Let him do as I have done since ancient times
when I established a people and explained its future.
Do not tremble; do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?
You are my witnesses—is there any other God?
No! There is no other Rock—not one!”

Asking for messengers – Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

How beautiful on the mountains    are the feet of those who bring good news,

Declaring the future spiritual impact of UGA – Isaiah 54:4-6 (NIV)

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.For your Maker is your husband—    the Lord Almighty is his name—The Lord will call you back    as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—

Pleading for humble and responsive hearts – Isaiah 57:14-15 (ESV)

And it shall be said,“Build up, build up, prepare the way,15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,    who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

Proclaiming the Good News – Isaiah 61:1-3 (NLT)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,    for the Lord has anointed meHe has sent me to tell those who mourn    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,To all who mourn in Israel,    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, 

Asking for watchmen over UGA – Isaiah 62:6-7 (NIV)

I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;    they will never be silent day or night.and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem    and makes her the praise of the earth.

Crying out for revival at UGA – Isaiah 64:1 (NIV)

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!

We Are Warriors

What we tell ourselves about ourselves effects how we see ourselves and how we behave. Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) tells us “as a man thinks so he is.” We live in a world that is constantly bombarding us with negative things, twisted messages and outright lies. We have been fed and have believed lies and we repeat them to ourselves, thus reinforcing them over us. Something I have found helpful is to make truth statements about God and what He says about me, out loud, daily! This has affected my emotions, my perspective, my confidence and even my body!

Recently Shellie came into my office sharing a discovery from her Beth Moore study of Esther. The same Hebrew word used for Gideon as a valiant warrior is used in Proverbs 31 for the woman of noble character. God is looking for warriors, not just men of physical war, but people to do battle in four realms – mind, heart, body and spirit. I have a white board in my office that is currently loaded with statements about God’s call on me to be a warrior. Here’s what my list looks like…

• I am a Spirit filled warrior for Jesus!
• I have been called to fight the good fight
• I am wholehearted – I engage all my mind, body, heart and spirit in all I do for Him
• I am under authority and have authority
• I am purposeful, focused, alert, sober-minded, watchful, discerning and decisive
• I am a worshipper, a prayer and a believer
• I am peaceful, calm, patient, gentle and kind
• I am an overcomer, a conqueror, and full of endurance
• I am positive, encouraging, and life giving
• I am forgiven and forgiving
• I am hopeful, faithful and full of faith
• I am thankful, grateful and generous
• I am joyful, content, and giving
• I am honest, truthful and full of truth
• I am a steward, disciplined, committed, and loyal
• I am skilled, trained, equipped, empowered and I freely give it away
• I am a helpful, authentic, humble servant
• I am prepared, and ready in season and out
• God loves me more than I know, and as such I am a lover of Jesus and of people
• I am part of His bride
• Without God I can do nothing, but with Him everything is possible!

I don’t necessarily speak out each of these every day, but I do meditate on it. What does your list look like? What are you speaking out over your life every day before you go out and face the world? God is looking for warriors who will wholeheartedly fight the good fight, with all their mind, body, heart and spirit. Will you be one of them? God’s word is transforming. Believe it!

777 – An Urgent Call to Pray for the USA


Please be in prayer for our nation over the next seven days (July 1-7). If you haven’t already signed up to receive the daily prayer guide you can do it simply at
The Athens International Prayer Center will be open, Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, if you would like to pop in and pray there. Nevertheless, you can pray wherever you want, wherever you are. I would suggest, choose a time each day and pause for 5 to 15 minutes and do it then. If you have any friends or family members doing it as well, join together. There is definitely spiritual synergy when we pray with others!
On July 7th we will be gathering at the Prayer Center to conclude the prayer focus with a time of worship and corporate prayer. Worship and prayer starts at 7pm.
The Athens International Prayer Center is located at Cornerstone Church– 4680 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Bless you heaps!

Uniting for Impact in September

Each autumn, thousands, perhaps ten thousand Freshmen arrive at the UGA campus. They are “free” from the constraints of mom & dad, most know few people (if any), they are vulnerable and will be making some very huge life decisions over those first months. What a great opportunity for the church and campus ministries to unite to make a difference in these and other students at UGA.

And that is exactly what we are doing! Our desire is to connect these young adults to a campus ministry, a local church and to Jesus. As such most of the campus ministries and several local churches are uniting to make an impact in September. It is called the 21-Day Challenge. Our hope is to personally pass out 5,000 bibles to students and invite them to read the book of John, one chapter a day for 21 days. These students are given some simple instructions, namely, each day ask God, “If You are real reveal Yourself to me as I read the bible.” We will be gathering contact details to follow them up, as well as having a combined campus ministries evangelistic gathering at the end. At some point we will be doing a combined church prayer gathering specifically to pray for this outreach, as well as prayer walks building up to and during the challenge. This is huge! The reason I share this now is so that you can begin praying with us.Here’s how you can pray…

Prepare the hearts of the students… Pray that God would begin to soften their hearts and prepare the soil to receive the seeds of the Gospel.  Pray that God would bring things into their lives to plough the way.  Pray that He would begin putting questions and a hunger in their spirit.

Prepare the teams involved… Pray that the campus ministries involved would take hold of this and the Christian students themselves would own it. Pray for every detail would be covered, from getting permission from UGA where needed, to clarifying assignments and obtaining the bibles, contact cards, etc.

Rally the churches to get behind it… Pray that churches would hear about this and dive in to participate, specifically in prayer. Pray that each church involved would take on their unique role. Pray that new relationships would form.

A movement of God on the UGA campus… Pray that God would continue to drawn students, faculty and administration to Him. Pray that even over the summer God would be working and strengthening the faith of those who follow Jesus. Pray that God would prepare the way for a move on the campus.

Greater unity between the campus ministries and local churches… Pray that this joint venture would be a catalyst for greater unity in Athens. Pray for new and strengthened relationships between pastors and campus ministry directors.

Respond to God’s prompting… Pray however the Lord prompts you to pray. Thank Him for what He is going to do!

Summer Prayer Walks in Athens

As we gear up for autumn we are wanting to provide several opportunities to pray during the summer months. At this point we have three prayer walks scheduled. These are open for anybody who wants to join together in praying for our city. On the second Saturday of the summer months we will be meeting at the UGA arch, at 10am and we’ll head off from there. We’ll be done by noon. Please pass the word to your praying friends!!!

  • June 14.
  • July 12.
  • August 9.

A Bridal Passion for Prayer

This Sunday (June 1) I have the privilege of speaking at City Church of Athens. The service starts at 10:30am. You are most welcome to join us as we explore the “profound mystery” that radically shaped how I see myself and how I pray. City Church is located at 4019 Atlanta Highway, Bogart, GA 30622.

Athens joining in National Day of Prayer

On May 1, here in Athens, we participated in the National Day of Prayer. From 7am to 9pm people across our city prayed. We organized prayer gatherings at certain times and a prayer guide for people to pray along wherever they were. We prayed and got down on our knees in repentance on the courthouse steps. We prayer walked UGA, downtown and other places. Some 10 plus churches gathered together in a very unified expression of diversity to finish the day off. It was a powerful event with 8 different pastors leading it. A movement is growing. People are praying and finding a greater grace to pray. Please join in wherever you are. You don’t want to miss out on what God is doing, AND is about to do!!!

 LORD, I have heard of Your fame;
I stand in awe of Your deeds, LORD.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.
Habakkuk 3:2

Aaron Whitehead

A&B Whitehead“For many years I have had the pleasure of knowing Steve Smith. We first met at a prayer meeting he had organized. I was immediately struck with his transparency and his heart for the Lord. We have since grown in our relationship and I am always so thankful for every opportunity I have to connect with Steve. I recently stepped intolead pastor role at the Neighborhood Vineyard Church in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and made it a point to contact Steve to seek his advice and his prayers. We now connect on a regular basis and these times are a treasure to me. Steve is always so willing to listen to the challenges I am facing and speak into them with words of encouragement and life. His wealth of experience and his years of living in complete faith enable him to speak truth and love into those he mentors. I am so blessed to counted among them.” Lead Pastor – Neighborhood Vineyard Church, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Dr. Marcia Wilbur

For the past decade, the Athens Prayer Network has worked tirelessly to undergird God’s Kingdom work in the greater Athens area.  By Steve’s personally supporting pastors through prayer, our leaders are even stronger.  Through area-wide prayer events, the local Body of Christ has grown in unity and purpose.  It has been my joy to co-labor with Steve in numerous ways.  His teaching, speaking, and praying consistently reflect the heart of God.  His passion for prayer is contagious.

Marcia Wilbur, Ph.D.
President – Athens College of Ministry

Carlos Sibley

Carlos Sibley“The timing of needing another brother to pray with and Steve’s availability to me have been nothing less than supernatural. Each time we meet for prayer I’ve learned how to strengthen my personal prayer life, encourage prayer in the life of others, and most of all I’ve come away having sensed the presence and power of Christ in my own life. Our time together has now become a highlight on my monthly calendar.” Senior Pastor – Watkinsville First Baptist Church, Watkinsville, GA