Pour it out!

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:6-7 (ESV)

There are several bowls mentioned in the book of Revelation. These bowls are located in heaven and will be poured out. Several (like seven) are referred to as bowls of judgement (Revelation 16). But there are also bowls that are filling with the prayers of His saints (Revelation 5:8 and 8:5). And once these hit a critical mass, the answer to the prayers being prayed are poured out. We’re not just waiting for these bowls of heaven to be poured out. In our prayers, we are in the bowls. And we are about to be poured out upon the world. We have crossed a critical mass, passed the tipping point. Victory is coming, but the fight isn’t over. The enemy knows he has been defeated, so he acts like a wounded animal, fiercely attacking whoever is in his way! The thick darkness that seems to be overwhelming the world right now will become the backdrop for the greatest move of God ever experienced on this planet. The light will be so clear and attractive to those shackled in the darkness that they will come running to those have the light. That’s where we come in! The light that is risen and the glory that is coming is God’s presence in His people. He is about to pour His Spirit, His glory, His light out upon the world through us!!!

Cry out for God to remove everything in your life that is counter to His light, that includes anything blocking it, any compromise, any sin, any darkness that is hiding in the crevices of your soul. Ask Him for the grace to give your life, the best of all you have, for His purpose in this generation. Ask Him to fill you with His presence, His light, His glory, that those in the darkness would see it and come running to you! Ask Him to use you to bring about the knowledge of His glory to those around you (Habakkuk 2:14). Pray for your pastor to be so gripped with this reality that he would spend more time in prayer, fasting and worship, seeking more of God’s presence in his life, so that he can be a beacon for others. Cry out for God to prepare you, and your church to be poured out for His glory!

Athens Prayer Opps – February 2023

“‘Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)  

In darkness, light shines even brighter. In death, life stands out. In wickedness, righteousness is clearly distinctive. With a backdrop of deep gross darkness, God’s glory is blindingly clear! Today children of God should stand out. This is not the time to blend in, to look like the world. This is the time we should be separated, to be different. This is the time our lives ought to declare we are citizens of another world. This is a time, instead of complaining, and fretting, we are to press into God in prayer, worship and following Him as He leads like never before!

Here are some ways to join us in the corporate setting as we press into God together, in Athens and beyond….

UGA / Athens Downtown Prayer Walk
Saturday, February 4 / 10am to noon
The Arch – corner of College and Broad
 
This is our monthly prayer walk at UGA and/or downtown Athens. We meet at The Arch and go from there. Feel free to bring your children as we hit the pavement crying out for God to move in our city. These are always unique and powerful! Onsite prayers make a huge difference!

Pulse
Monday, February 6 / 8pm
UGA Tate Center – 45 Baxter Street Athens, GA 30602

This is a FREE concert event! Join multiple churches & campus ministries at this gathering to hear the Gospel from Nick Hall and the opportunity to see KB live!!! Whether you are a college student or not, please consider coming and being a covert intercessor, praying onsite as God moves. We are hoping for a huge harvest of souls!

To get free tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pulse-campus-tour-led-by-nick-hall-athens-ga-tickets-509526406197

AHOP Leadership Community 
Sunday, February 12 / 4 to 6pm
AHOP Center – 660 W Broad St., Athens 30601

We consider this the most important gathering we have at AHOP. It is a time when all those who lead worship or play/sing on the team, those who are a part of the prayer leadership team, those who make our gatherings possible by operating the tech, and those who want to expand AHOP’s presence through social media, to come together to build community, to shape the model and to worship with one voice. As we expand into more worship sessions each week we need to stay together as a leadership community. If this is you, or you’d like to be more involved, please join us!
 
The Mix Prayer Watch
February 24-25 / Friday 6 to 10pm and Saturday 9am to 10pm
Athens Church (The Gallery) – 10 Huntington Road, Athens 30606

Each year thousands of youth from several student ministries across Athens and beyond come together to focus on Jesus at a gathering called The Mix. At this point we are around 20 churches involved! The purpose of TheMix is to provide a context for churched kids to invite their unchurched friends to come meet Jesus and get plugged in! APN provides a prayer covering for this gathering. Please join us during any of the hours we are open (see above). There will be worship going, prayer assistants to pray with you or help in any way needed, a prayer guide and even posters hung up around the room with every students’ name written on them to focus our prayers for those at TheMix2023!

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…
 
Contending for Revival
Thursdays / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext., Athens 30605

> Pastors Contending for Pastors
1st & 3rd Thursdays / 10:30 to 11:30am

Senior pastors coming together and literally saturating each other in prayer! YES REALLY!!! This is a very precious and important time for senior pastors, and most of the time we go quite a bit longer than one hour!

> Contending for Revival
2nd, 4th and 5th Thursdays / 10:30 to 11:30am

These sessions of Contending, on the second, fourth and fifth Thursdays, are open for all pastors, intercessors and key leaders to join us as we Contend for Revival in Athens! This is always a very powerful and Spirit led time!!!
 
Athens House of Prayer
AHOP Center – 660 W Broad St., Athens 30601

Mondays / 7 to 9am … Devotional Session
Tuesdays / 9:30 to 11am … Seek and Soak
Thursdays / 6 to 8pm … Worship and Intercession                 

We are expanding our worship/prayer sessions this month! Please check out the AHOP website for these new slots, starting this week! Mark your calendars and join us as you’re able. Make it part of your weekly rhythm! Please be praying with us as our goal is to ultimately see a non-stop intercessory worship covering over our city.
 
For more details and the updated schedule check out athenshouseofprayer.com

Athens Daily Prayer Texts and Declarations
Ongoing
All across Athens area
To receive… text @athenspray to 81010.
 
Daily Prayer Texts are a simple yet powerful way to join with others in focusing prayer across our city. We have added a daily declaration to take the prayer text to the next level. These are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every day at 8am (ET) for text and 8:15am for declaration. They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. This is an awesome way to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city, for our city, every day! 
 
COMING…
 
Night of Glory
Sunday, March 26 / 6 to 8:30pm (prayer starts at 5pm)
TBD
 
At this point our plan is to continue our Nights of Glory in 2023. These are incredible opportunities to join other passionate lovers of Jesus in prolonged worship and prayer. Multiple churches and ministries across our city make this citywide gathering possible! Please mark your calendar, talk it up with your family and friends, and come ready to seek the Lord together!!! If your church is not yet involved please stir it up!

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
We daily post on the APN Facebook page. Most the time it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations, the Daily Prayer Text and updates at AHOP. 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! If you are not on Facebook (or if we ever get kicked of), I encourage you to catch the (almost) daily post on the APN Blog.
 
Pressing into God together!
Steve

A shaking!

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.” Isaiah 6:4 (ESV)

This is an hour when God is shaking whatever can be shaken (Hebrews 12:26-29). When God shows up, the physical world reacts, and shakes in His presence! As the new church prayed, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, the room shook and they were filled with boldness (Acts 4:31). Paul & Silas were worshiping loudly in their dark dungy prison cell at midnight and suddenly the place shook freeing them from their chains and confinement (Acts 16:25-26). In the year that King Uzziah died Isaiah had a vision of the LORD in the temple and the very thresholds shook (Isaiah 6:1-8).

Let’s pray that the very core of our city would be shaken! That everything that can be shook would be! Pray that City Hall, the seat of the Mayor and Commissioners would be shaken. Pray that the Police Department would be shook. Pray that every corner of UGA including the president, administration, faulty, coaches, janitors and students and everyone else connected would be shook. Cry out that every school campus in our city and everyone on them would be shook! Pray that every business would be shook. And in all this shaking, cry out for God’s presence, His glory, His holiness would fill our city. Pray that a tangible and terrible yet great holy fear of God would be poured upon our city. And pray for your church to be an epicenter of this great shaking, that your pastor and leaders would be shaken to the core by God’s presence, that the very essence of your church would be changed by this holy shaking. And ask God to shake in you whatever needs to be shaken in this hour, that you would be completely standing on the Rock, and that you would become a conduit for God’s presence, with signs, wonders and miracles in our city!

Occupy!

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.” Luke 19:13 (KJV)

So many people, and I am talking, believers in Jesus Christ, are waiting for Him to come and rescue them. Sadly, they are missing this opportunity. Instead they have given up and are hiding themselves until this is over. But we have a part to play in this hour! We are told to occupy until He returns. To occupy means to engage in (HCSB), or conduct business (ESV). Other translations put it, invest (ISV) and put this money to work (NIV), until I return! There is no, let’s hide, let’s escape, let’s wait this thing out! No, we are commanded to occupy until Jesus returns!

In this hour when everything looks impossible and our nation, our dollar and the world as we know it is about to fall into an abyss and forever be changed, God is saying don’t give up faith, don’t stop praying, don’t stop carrying His presence into this dark world! This is the time when God’s people need to press into Him like never before, sitting and waiting before Him, listening to His voice and obeying as He leads (John 10:27).

Jesus asks us today, “When I return, will I find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:8)? Our response must be a resounding “Yes!”

Repent for any place you have been retreating, hiding and/or seeking Him to rescue you in this hour. Tell Him that you desire for Him to find faith on the earth, starting with you! Ask Him to refresh and renew your faith for this day. Ask Him for boldness, grace and wisdom to know the part you are to play in our city, nation and world! Ask Him to stir up the faith of your pastor, to renew it, restore vision and dreams of revival in our city. Ask God to release a fresh anointing of faith over his preaching, so that your congregation’s faith would arise. Ask God for faith to increase in our city!

Terrified!

“And they were terrified and asked one another, ‘Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” Mark 4:41 (HCSB)

Some people are tremendously afraid of spiders, or of high places. Others are fearful in crowds, or about speaking in front many people. Demons, and unseen things terrify most people. The future, another plandemic, a cryptic currency and/or the globalist takeover may frighten you. Check out what the disciples really feared. While the storm scared the them, the calm terrified them! In the midst of all the revealing going on, the LORD is about reveal more of Himself. The knowledge of the glory of the LORD will fill the earth (Habakkuk 2:14). When the Glorious One is revealed we will see that everything else we feared was nothing compared to His greatness!

Cry out for God to reveal more and more of Himself to you. Pray Ephesians 1:7, “Father, release Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I might know You and Your Son better, that I might see You as You are, the High and Exalted, King of Glory! May the fear of the LORD become greater than any other fear. May every other fear bow to You!” Pray this for your pastor, for your church and for the churches across our city!

Liar, liar!

“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4:17 (NLT)

There are many who have been lying to us for years. Sadly, it has cost lives. Just recently, Dr. Deborah Birx, the person immediately next to Fauci during the COVID-19 plandemic, has come out saying she lied. Blatantly, she has declared it was a whole scam to manipulate the public to get the shot. She and Fauci, mislead the Trump administration. People died, many of them, because of her and Fauci’s intentional misleading. Thousands lost their jobs, yet she has no remorse. She just wants to arrogantly promote her new book. These vaccines have proven to be dangerous, ineffective and look to continue to cause deaths in the years to come. Yet they still want to jab everyone with more! If you doubt me, please it out yourself. Besides the link I provide below, it is even reported on CNN, Fox and other left-wing mouth pieces…  (https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/07/23/deborah-birx-openly-admits-to-lying-about-the-covid-vaccines-to-manipulate-the-american-people-n600381)

Btw, please take note of all the “healthy” people, from athletes, young and old, pilots, and others, suddenly falling dead from heart issues caused by the toxic vaccines!

If you’re reacting to this, please begin asking God to give you discernment and lead you into truth. Truth sets you free, but only if you are willing to apply it to your life! Are you willing to see you were wrong, misled and intentionally lied to by the “experts,” by those you have trusted? Are you willing to see that many in the medical field have succumbed to the lies and the pressures to push the vax on their “subjects?”

Pray for those you know who still blindly take the vax and boosters as directed. Pray for those who trust science and the good will of our government believing they do not want to hurt us! Pray that God would open their eyes, and heal them of the negative and deadly consequences of the vax. Pray that the Lord would show you how to speak up about this, after all, the enemy is blatantly bragging about it! Pray for your pastor to see the truth and not be afraid of speaking about it and leading your congregation through these turbulent waters. Yes, issues are complicated, but obedience is quite straight forward. Since, silence is complicity, ask God to convict leaders who are afraid to speak up as it might offend someone! Their silence might lead to worse consequences than that!

Two worlds!

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (HCSB)

God loves the world so much that He sent His Son to die for it. And yet He says that we are not to love the world (1 John 2:15) nor be conformed to it in anyway (Romans 12:2). Sounds confusing! Let’s look at this for a second. The “world” has several definitions. The “world” that God loves is the people. The “world” that we are not to love nor look like is the evil system driven by fallen man.

The world is the system of values, practices and beliefs that are independent from God. We are born into a system. that since the garden, has opposed God! Though Jesus came to redeem us, He did not redeem the system. The world operates out of the desires of the flesh and eyes, as well as the pride of life (1John 2:16). These are the same temptations that the devil threw at Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). He still throws them at us! In fact, many churches are driven by worldly guidelines and principles over God’s command to not be conformed to it!

The world says you deserve this. Go ahead and treat yourself! The world says you need more. Go ahead and consume! The world says be someone, be important, be successful, be famous and known! Go ahead and make a name for yourself. Churches that focus on entertainment and being careful not offend the congregation is operating from the world. And the way of the world is not God’s way.

As followers of Christ we are called to live in the world but not by its values (John 17:14-15). We are no longer of the world. We are sojourners, pilgrims (1 Peter 2:11), and our citizenship is not of this world (Philippians 3:20). We are called to be counter-cultural! Jesus says deny yourself, pick up the cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). We’re called to show the world another way!

God’s way is for us to be whole! God calls us to integrity. God’s way is generosity. God’s way says be humble (James 4:6&10). Humility recognizes God for who He is and us for who we are. Humility puts God above ourselves. As we do this we also put others higher and to love them over ourselves (Philippians 2:3). That’s the way of Jesus!

The absolutely most important part of us is that we are deeply loved daughters and sons of the Most High God! God’s way is by far, the best way. Btw, the world does not love you!

Ask God to show you any place where you are loving or conforming to the world. Ask Him for the grace needed to pick up your cross and follow Him daily. Ask Him to expose any trace of pride or selfish ambition lurking underneath the surface of your soul. Declare that you are not of this world, but as a child of God you are a sojourners traveling through it for God’s glory! Pray for your pastor to seek God’s ways over the world’s way regarding the way your church operates. Ask God to pour out a grace for humility over your pastor and church leadership. Cry out to God for the church across our city to look more like Him than she does of the world!

Public spectacles!

“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.” Colossians 2:15 (HCSB)

Jesus made a public spectacle of the entire demonic realm. The devil had thought he had won by having Jesus nailed to the cross. But had he known, he never would have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8). On that rugged cross, all that stood against us, and opposed us, was nailed as a certificate declaring our debt, that is ,all our sin, has been forgiven, completely canceled (Colossians 2:13-15). That is very good news! Not only that, but the very one who hates our soul and everything about us, the devil and his hoard of evil beings, has been disarmed, and made a public spectacle of. Jesus triumphed over them all on the cross!

The ramifications of this are tremendous, but of course, the enemy does not want us to realize the victory we have been given! The bible tells us that we are overwhelmingly victorious (Romans 8:37 NLT), or as many translations say “more than conquerors” (NIV, ESV, KJV). For the enemy to get away with his desire to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) he must use the only technique he knows, that is to lie, deceive and twist truth. He is a defeated foe, but because of being the father of lies (John 8:44), he has duped us to think he has more control over us than he actually does. If he could kill us, he would have long before we gave our life to Jesus. The globalist, anti-Christ agenda is to depopulate the earth to 500 million, and that is not working out has they had planned.

The bottom line is, the enemy has lost, he knows it and is desperately trying to take out as many as he can before he is cast into the lake of fire. We, Jesus’ body, His co-heirs, His bride, have authority over the devil and all his cohorts. When Jesus gave authority to His disciples over ALL the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19), there is no record saying He ever rescinded or took it back. And then, Jesus’ victory on the cross codified our authority, forever! Jesus made it possible for His true church to be the victorious ones over all the schemes of the devil. He said that the very gates of hell will not prevail against us (Matthew 16:18).

So today, no matter what you are facing, remind the devil that he is conquered, that through the cross, He has been utterly defeated, and made a public spectacle. That through the cross all that ever stood against you and/or opposed you has been canceled. You are not a loser, or a victim! Declare today that you are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you! Take the authority Jesus has given you and use it! And remember, Christ’s authority has been entrusted to you, so use it responsibly, to its fullest degree!

The bridegroom fast!

Jesus said to them, ‘Can the wedding guests be sad while the groom is with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.’” Matthew 9:15 (HCSB)

Jesus’ disciples were once criticized for not fasting like other rabbi’s disciples. Jesus replied that the friends of the bridegroom don’t fast when He is with them. But a day was coming when they would fast for His return (Matthew 9:14-15). Like Christ’s first disciples, we are to fast with prayer and worship, night and day, until the Bridegroom returns. This is what AHOP is all about! What about you, will you join us in the worship, prayer and the Bridegroom fast this coming year? Will join us at AHOP as we press forward in expanding hours? Would you consider committing getting involved at least once a week at AHOP in 2023?

Btw, the Bridegroom fast, is choosing to make fasting a lifestyle instead of something you do once in a while. Like choosing a day each week to go without food, or to not eat lunches during weekdays, or however the Lord leads you. But it must be intentional, a sacrifice and for Him! Many call this the fasted lifestyle.

Pray for more and more lovers of Jesus to join in the Bridegroom fast. Ask God to continue to pour out more of His fragrance, His presence and His glory in our midst at AHOP this coming year! Ask Him specifically, what part are you to play in the fast and the worship at AHOP. Ask God to place within our hearts a desperate longing for Jesus’ return. May we been consumed with an ache to be with Him as a bride longs to be with her bridegroom!

Breaking unbelief!

And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:58 (HCSB)

Though God can do all things, there are certain things He limits Himself, and we are the deciding factor. Jesus couldn’t heal in His own home town because of their unbelief.

There is a spirit of unbelief operating in our nation and many literally cannot see what God is doing right now. Especially those 20 through 30 year olds. No matter what we say, even show them, they won’t/can’t see it!

In so many tribal areas, missionary efforts were often rejected because the messengers came with a word and some rules, but had no demonstration of power. They pushed culture and a white man’s book! But our book is living and active, it’s powerful, sharper than a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). We are meant to demonstrate the gospel of the kingdom with power. The kingdom of God is not just words but of power and demonstration (1 Corinthians 2:4, 4:20). Power is a necessary part of the kingdom of God.

Jesus told us that signs will accompany those who believe (Mark 16:17). Yes, we have be emasculated! We have been taught a lie that has severely handicapped us in battling the forces of darkness. What a strategic thing for the enemy to do to get God’s kids to believe they don’t have the power of the Holy Spirit. We’ve been battling with our eyes closed and a hand tied behind our backs!

Nevertheless, we are told that we have all authority over the enemy, in Jesus’ name…

“Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.” (Luke 10:19 – AMP)

Btw the way, His name is above EVERY NAME! (Philippians 2:1-11). He is the head and we are His body, far above all powers, principalities and every dark demonic being (Ephesians 1:18-23). Jesus told us that we would do even greater things than He did. He healed, cast out demons, raised the dead, multiplied food, calmed storms, walked on water, etc. After His resurrection He walked through walls, and flew to heaven! Are you earnestly asking God to release a faith to do these greater things in you, your pastor, church and across our city?

Pray for a visible validation of God’s kingdom in our city! Pray that people would not only go out and evangelize, but they would demonstrate the very gospel they preach with power – signs, wonders and miracles! Pray specifically for those you know who are ensnared in unbelief. Lift them up by name asking God to remove the veil that blinds them. Ask Him to increase faith that will release the greater works in you, your pastor, your church and across our city!