Prayer Opportunities in August 2021.

“You answer our prayers with amazing wonders and with awe-inspiring displays of power. You are the righteous God who helps us like a father.” Psalm 65:5a (TPT)

God faithfully answers our prayer with awesome deeds (NLT). Did you realize that we honor God with the size of our request? If we only ask for small things that could be accomplished by ourselves or accidentally, we demonstrate that we think of God as small. But when we ask for huge, impossible things, we elevate God, acknowledging that He can do anything. It is not that asking God for a car spot is bad, it is just small! Our God is BIG, and we should make our requests BIG! He wants to do awesome among, and He is going to, soon! So why not ask for things like 1 billion souls to be saved, for ALL of Athens (or UGA) to be saved (1Timothy 2:4), for America to be restored to our destiny as “one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all,” for greater works to be released through the body of Christ, for prodigal children to return and step into their destiny as leaders in this movement, etc. And our “ask” is not a wish list, it is a faith declaration that we believe God is not only able, but has given us the responsibility of releasing His greater works here through faith filled, audacious prayers!

Ask God to stir up audacious faith in the body of Christ across our city and nation! Ask Him to increase yours. Confess where it has been weak and cry out for a new level of faith to pray bold, big faith-filled prayers. Ask Him to stir up this faith in your pastor and church leadership, that your church would become a joyful house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:6-7). And thank Him for the great things He is about to do in light of this great prayer movement that He has launched in this season!!! Thank Him that you get to be a part of it!

Here are some ways you can be praying audaciously with others and for our city this month….

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, August 5 / 9 to 10am
Watkinsville First Baptist Church

We will relaunch our monthly prayer gathering for Student Pastor in Athens. It will be good to be back in the room together and to stand as one to pray for the young people and the student ministries impacting them. If you’re not a student pastor, please take this opportunity to pray for the students at your church to be saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, gripped with who they are in Christ and sent with a passion to reach their campus. Pray for the student leaders and pastors to be stirred and taken deeper in Christ, as they can only take the students where they have been or going. Pray that volunteer student leaders would step up and be prepared for the coming harvest of young people in our city!

Back to School Prayer Vigil
Saturday, August 7 / 9am to 6pm
The Gallery at Athens Church

Come pray for all the students in our Athens area as they return to school. Whether your church has a slot or not, you are welcome to come at any time to pray for our children in Athens! Please bring a list of the students you know (from your church) and write their names under the school they attend on the poster boards that will be hung all over the room. There will be a prayer guide available (please use it on and beyond the actual prayer vigil day) at https://athensprayernetwork.com/back-to-school-prayer-guide-2/. This link will be posted on the APN Facebook page and found on the APN Website on the “events” page. Please do join us, as our children really need a prayer covering as they head back through uncharted dangerous waters.

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, August 9 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
 
Each month intercessors from around Athens converge, to hear what God has been saying to each of us, and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into this new era. These are always amazing times as the watchmen link together and stand in our positions across our city, in unity! Please note, in July there is a possible opportunity on this evening and we may choose to participate in it together instead.

Campus Ministries Unity Prayer
Wednesday, August 11 / 9 to 11am
St James UMC – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens 30605

This is an opportunity for the various teams who minister at UGA to come together in unity to pray with and for each other and for revival on the campus. If you are ministering at UGA, please mark your calendar and plan to come join us. Please note that this is during our normal Pastors Prayer slot. We are encouraging pastors to come connect with these various campus ministries and leaders.

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, August 14 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Our Prayer Walk this month is on the weekend before classes start back up at UGA. As such it is very timely!!! If you are in town, please join us for this very important opportunity to stroll together and cry out to God to break forth at UGA and across Athens. In person, on site prayer really does matter! We are crying out for revival, even reformation, on this campus, across our city and beyond! We are preparing the way for the suddenly here! These prayer walks are always unique and a huge blessing to those who come! Please join us if you’re able!

Pastors Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, August 18 / 8 to 10am
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad Street, Athens 30601

Here’s an opportunity, hosted by Phoenix Community Church, for Senior Pastors to come share breakfast together and pray with and for each other as we launch into this new season of harvest together! If you’re a Senior Pastor, please come and reconnect with the other senior pastors from across Athens! This is in leu of normal monthly Senior Pastors prayer gathering on the second Wednesday.

Each month Senior Pastors from across Athens come together to pray for and with each other! This has been so amazingly powerful! From wherever you are, please use this as an opportunity to join us in praying for the pastors in our city, starting with your own!

Pray that God would give them supernatural stamina, divine insights and wisdom from above, along with extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness, as they lead their congregations through this challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. Ask God to show them how to prepare for the suddenly of revival and reformation. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community during such a time as this. Pray that God would protect, even expand the kingdom unity among pastors in our city.

In the midst of the tremendous weight that is currently on them, ask God to abundantly bless, extravagantly refresh, greatly encourage, divinely protect and supernaturally provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these lead shepherds in Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay intimately connected to God and run strongly throughout this battle and season of transition. Plead with God for the authority of His word to increase in each pulpit and for each pastor to experience an increase in anointing in their preaching! And cry out for God to use our pastors as a powerful holy voice in our city and beyond, that they would not be silenced, fearful or hidden!

Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursday, August 19 / 3 to 4:30
Upper Loft at Wesley

We will be relaunching the every-other-week prayer gathering for those who lead a campus ministry or local church college ministry. This is a vital place for these leaders to stand as one, crying out together for God to move on this campus and reach the nearly 40,000 students! Ask God to keep this every other Thursday time slot open for these campus ministers to approach the throne of grace together on behalf of the college students in our city!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, August 25 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Rd, Bogart, GA 30622

Each month those who lead Groups Ministries come together to share and pray with and for each other. Join us in praying for those who lead Groups Ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! Groups play an increasingly important role in discipling our city!

Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create more new and effective ways to stay connected and to connect new people. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead their groups well in new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new era. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. Ask God to release an anticipation for the suddenly in each group. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, August 26 / 9 to 10am
Beech Haven Baptist Church – 2390 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606

Each month those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for each other. These hidden warriors make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. God has been and continues to prepare them for this new season that upon us!

Please pray for the executive / administrative pastor (or those who do that role) in your church and the others who carry this load in the churches across our city. They need wisdom, creativity, boldness and faith. This is a very important ministry at such a crucial time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy and grace as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray for unity between them and their senior pastor. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor on their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges in this new era.

Altar of Fire
Date & venue to be determined

We will continue our citywide gathering for intercessors, worshippers and lovers of Jesus in August (we just need to nail down where and when). This gathering is definitely not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God, with a wholehearted passionate surrender to Jesus. This is an amazing time of loud worship, high praise, prayer and surrender. We’ve seen healing, even salvation happen amongst us. If you’re interested in giving it all to Jesus in a corporate setting with others who are desperate for God, this is for you!!! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Prayer for the Middle East
Friday, August 27 / noon to 1pm
House of Prayer at Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

Each month a group of passionate prayer warriors gather to pray for Israel and the nations in the Middle East. This is such a vital time to be standing with Israel! And you are most welcome to join in. Even if you can’t be there in person, please take time during this hour to pray with them from wherever you may be. There is much power in agreeing prayer!

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering

Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605
 
Senior Pastors from around Athens are encouraged to join us for a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. Every one of these are quite amazing, filled with intensity and a strong sense of God’s presence. The last Thursday of the month (August 26) is open for all pastors, key leadership and intercessors in churches to join us as well. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit, to prepare for the suddenly and for a passion to see revival released right here in our city! Pray that your pastor would be able to join us if he isn’t already a part of this vital and strategic prayer time together!

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere
 
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
 
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).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area
 
Daily Prayer Texts 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!

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) 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!
 
Together crying out for God to do awesomely!
Steve

Back to School Prayer Guide

Saturday, August 7, 2021 / 9am to 6pm
The Gallery at Athens Church

Introduction
Each year as we prepare for this Back to School Prayer Vigil, I am reminded of the hope and promise wrapped up in these students. Jesus had faith in children when even the disciples did not. Today we have the privilege of coming before God in prayer for these children agreeing with Jesus, “the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16). As you pray today, let the certainty of Christ fill you with faith. Stand firm in your prayers that this generation belongs not to this world, but to Jesus Christ. Let us stand together in prayer surrounding each of these students that we would see through them, God’s “Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10). All Scripture used in this guide is taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

The purpose of this guide is to launch you into prayer however the Lord would lead you to pray for the students, faculty and schools in our city. Please use it as a reference now and whenever God brings these groups back to your mind to help you target your prayers and speak in unity with others praying. The majority of these topics are focused toward the public school system because the majority of students attend public school. There are a few sections that specifically address private and home school students and teachers as well. We encourage you to pray for each group as you ask God to move, believing every student matters and every prayer can bring Heaven to earth! Please take some time to pray for the students you feel most connected to- those in certain activities, with special needs, in specific family circumstances, they did not come to your mind by accident!

One last thing, it is our desire that on every campus and at every school, there would be a spirit filled witness for Christ. Ultimately, we are praying for every student and their teachers and faculty, from elementary through college, would come to a saving, life transforming, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. That, we believe is God’s will.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NLT)
This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

To begin, let us thank God for the hope, promise, and redemption He continually reveals to us through scripture, testimony, and new beginnings. Thank God for specific moments you have experienced His renewed hope or faith in an area you felt “tapped out” on your own. Thank God for examples in scripture of moments too far gone by man’s standards where God brought about deliverance, salvation and redemption. (Romans 5:1-5)

Let us declare hope wrapped up in Christ Jesus in what lies ahead for each and every student. Speak out loud during this prayer time the promises of Scripture over every student:

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and do not forbid them to come to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead those who are blind by a way they have not known, in paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them and uneven land into plains. These are the things I will do, and I will not leave them undone.

Job 14:7
For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail.

Ephesians 1:13-14
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of the promise, who is a first installment of our inheritance, in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

1 Peter 1:13-15
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Transition from virtual school

As students adjust to returning to the school building, focusing in longer stints and having physical interactions with others, let’s ask God to ease the transition and reveal Himself as the Constant One.

Malachi 3:6
For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, the sons of Jacob have not come to an end.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.

Ask God to draw near to any teacher, parent or student who calls on His name for help, even if they don’t have faith He will. Ask God to flood every classroom or teaching space with grace to communicate clearly and understand fully, that students would hear and accept boundaries and instruction without confusion or rebellion.

Joel 2:32
And it will come about that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, just as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

James 4:8
Come close to God and He will come close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double- minded.

Especially for students who have difficulty adjusting, let’s ask God to offer comfort and grace to each student and teacher. Ask God for patience and compassion to fill teachers in a supernatural way, that each must recognize the power of God helping them love students. Ask God to protect students from being labeled as “behavioral trouble” and connect them with whatever they need to transition in a healthy way.

For those transitioning from one style/system of schooling to another, ask God to lead students into pleasant places where they are secure. For parents who have changed schooling based on conviction or leadership from God, ask God to confirm their decision and His instruction (Psalm 16:5-7). Ask Him to guard students from bitterness and comparison and to set their feet in firm places of connection and community that will lead to Jesus.

Psalm 16:5-8
The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The measuring lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, my inheritance is beautiful to me. I will bless the Lord who has advised me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.  I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Ask God to shelter and defend homeschooling parents and teachers who battle pride saying they alone are the hope or savior for their student(s). Ask for a renewed desperation and dependence on the Holy Spirit as the Teacher, and on Jesus as the only Savior.

Psalm 91:2-4
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who rescues you from the net of the trapper and from the deadly plague. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may take refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and wall.

Isaiah 43:10-11
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me.  I, only I, am the Lord, and there is no savior besides Me.

Ask for non-believing teachers to become aware of their lack and encounter students or other staff who will speak and demonstrate the power of trusting Jesus to save and strengthen them. Ask God to expose the lie of self-sufficiency and make clear the readiness of Christ to save. Ask the Father to protect students in this process, that pride, accusation and fear would hold no place in the classroom as God does a work of salvation.

Basics of a new school year

Safety
Let’s ask God to protect our kids in every way- physical safety, keeping them healthy, protecting their innocence and hunger to learn. Ask God to watch over each child as they come and go, make decisions, and battle spiritual influence. Ask specifically for God to protect kids from satan’s attacks through technology- from comparison, pornography, secrecy and idolatry. Ask God to establish Truth, wisdom, spiritual discernment and conviction of righteousness as strong voices of influence in our schools. Ask God to amplify the authority of His Word, His will and His ways this year as protective hedges around students of all ages.

Psalm 121:4-5
Behold, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your protector; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

Psalm 140:4
Keep me, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from violent men who intend to trip up my feet.

Psalm 12:5-7
“Because of the devastation of the poor, because of the groaning of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will put him in the safety for which he longs.” The words of the Lord are pure words; like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, filtered seven times. You, Lord, will keep them; You will protect him from this generation forever.

Romans 16:19
For the report of your obedience has reached everyone; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is evil.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as wary as serpents, and as innocent as doves.

Friends
As classes change and students begin, let us ask God to “make a home for the lonely.” Ask for every student to make a connection that God can use this year to make Himself known. Ask God to connect friends and groups, clubs, advisors, teachers in such a way that “leads out the prisoners into prosperity” and “exalts Him… whose name is the Lord”. Ask God to block or break any ties which would lead students into sin and wickedness. Plead the blood of Jesus to cleanse students of the past and reset the standard in hope and righteousness. Invite the Holy Spirit to fill every gap and draw students to the Father and the Son.

Psalm 68:4-6
Sing to God, sing praises to His name; exalt Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the Lord, and be jubilant before Him. A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, only the rebellious live in parched lands.

New Roles
For new faculty, or staff in different roles, let’s ask God to make clear His appointment, approval and assignment to each one. Ask God to speak with great clarity and precision to head administrators how to structure and plan the year in such a way everything is “teed up” for God to move. Pray for the relationships of staff and faculty to host understanding, grace and especially honor. Ask God to use those who honor authority to begin healing wounds in students and driving out any spirit of rebellion to make room for faith (see Matthew 8:8-10). Pray specifically for believing leaders, among students or staff, to understand the role and authority God has given them for this season. Pray they will lead in a way that acknowledges the authority God has given them, and surrenders the glory completely to Him.

Stay or Go
For students facing the decision to remain in or quit school, let us ask God to offer grace to endure and run the race set out for them. Specifically ask for advocates, voices of support and strength to come alongside students making decisions to continue/quit school that will speak life and hope into God’s plan and destiny for the student’s life.

John 12:50
And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.

Isaiah 30:21
Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

The power of God from Matthew 9-10

I believe this could be a year of persecution in the name of progress, or transformation because of the power of God. The following are a series of short prayers formed from the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 9-10. Use these “battle prayers” for faith and boldness to help you intercede or pray on behalf of students and their families.  

From Matthew 9:1-8:
-God, grant each one courage to believe his and others’ sins are fully forgiven by Jesus.
-Forgive us for questioning Your authority to heal and forgive.
-Help us each live in awe and faith
-You give all who believe the same authority on earth as Jesus.
-Teach us to do what the Father is doing in wholehearted faith and obedience.

From Matthew 9:9-13:
-Jesus, may each one hear Your personal invitation to follow You.
-Forgive us for judging, evaluating, and criticizing others.
-Teach us compassion more than sacrifice.

From Matthew 9:18-38:
-Jesus, may each bring their fears, problems and pain to You.
-Forgive us for hosting pride and not asking for Your help.
-Release faith and miracles on every campus, in every home, and in every community as You save, heal and deliver students and their families this year.
-Lord, send laborers to disciple every student, sibling, and parent into maturing relationship with Jesus.

From Matthew 10:
-God help us speak the message “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Give to us Your Spirit and humility to “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, cast out demons.” (7-8)
-Satisfy us with Your approval in the face of worldly rejection. (12-15)
-Grant us discernment to beware of men and satan’s schemes. May we never shrink back from sharing and trusting Your Word. (16-20)
-Give each Believer grace and protection to endure to the end. (21-23)
-Help us listen to You in the darkness, and speak in the light. Teach us to listen to Your whispers and proclaim them with power and authority from the housetops.
-Show us the severity of the Gospel, that each student would believe the Truth is life and death and not waver in our confession of Christ. (32-39)

Curriculum changes regarding sexuality, race & justice

Hebrews 13:7-9
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their way of life, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever. Do not be misled by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.

We want to focus some time to pray for the proposed changes to public school curriculum specifically regarding Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) and Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Comprehensive Sex Education is already in GA schools including Clarke and Barrow counties. “Its goal is to change sexual and gender norms of society” (Protect Student Health Coalition). CSE introduces a program that normalizes high-risk sexual behaviors. It separates marriage from sex while also eliminating the psychological, relational, familial, and spiritual considerations of high-risk sexual activity.

Intended Design
Let’s ask God to re-shape the teaching of this curriculum to agree with His design and purpose for sex- to unite a husband and wife in a holy and sacred intimacy they share with only one another. Ask the Father to protect students from the lie they are subject/slave to their bodies. Ask Holy Spirit to speak life and power into the fruit of self-control, that each student believes he or she can control their own boundaries in a healthy and holy way.

Psalm 16:6-7
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

Identity
Ask the Father to reveal His intended identity to each student, that as He created us we are His children without error or confusion. Ask Holy Spirit to testify with each student’s spirit he or she was made unmistakably in the image of God.  Ask God to make very clear the connection between body, soul and spirit when it comes to both identity and sexuality. Ask Jesus to heal and usher in forgiveness in every area sexual and emotional boundaries have already been crossed, compromised or confused.

Critical Race Theory has not yet been implemented into school curriculum in Georgia as of June. Let’s ask God to make clear His will and ways regarding race, justice and equality. Ask God to lead the decision makers in our counties with wisdom, discernment and clarity. Ask Holy Spirit to convict parents, teachers and students to speak out Truth in every area Satan is speaking confusion, attack and division.  Ask God to expose hidden agendas and deception so the only curriculum taught is God’s Truth. Ask God to heal our wounds, expose our prejudices, and stir compassion in our hearts for all of the human race.

Teacher/administration relationships & culture

Favor for believing faculty
Ask God to show favor to believing staff, that teachers who profess Jesus would be looked upon favorably and considered for greater influence and authority to make decisions that affect kids. Ask God to connect and woo each non-believing student to someone who knows Jesus and can demonstrate the love of Christ to him/her.

Proverbs 3:3-5
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and a good reputation in the sight of God and man.Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

Power of Life and Death
Ask God to loose words from Heaven over students to bring hope and life. Ask Him to bind words of death or hopelessness that not one student would be cursed or verbally abused in any way. Ask God to make a way for those who speak life and Truth to be amplified and trusted above every other voice. Ask for a righteous shift in the culture among teachers to speak life and not death over students, administration, education standards, district leaders and decisions etc. Ask specifically fro teachers with gifts of exhortation, prophecy and teaching to speak with the authority of Heaven and not man (Mark 1:27, Luke 4:32).

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Exodus 4:15
So you are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I Myself will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will instruct you in what you are to do.

John 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh provides no benefit; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit, and are life.

1 Corinthians 2:13
We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

Pray with me…
Father, lead us to your heart for these kids, teachers, administrators and the culture they are creating and with which they are aligning. I want to see this generation of kids shift the trajectory of our nation toward holiness and away from entitlement and confusion. We need You to bring light and expose all that seeks to trap us in darkness. Use this guide and these prayers to highlight, expose, illuminate and clarify our current state in light of your nature and will for us. Lead us into transforming faith and power in the name of Jesus Christ for the sake of redemption throughout our city, state and world. May these prayers fuel the flames of repentance, revival, and restoration You are sowing into our city. We want to see on earth as it is in Heaven, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

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This amazing prayer guide was assembled Kelsey Parham. Thank you Kelsey for taking the time to seek the Lord regarding how we are to focus our praying for all the kids going back to school. And thank you everyone who have invested in the students of Athens Georgia by praying for them at the vigil and in the days, weeks and months that lie before us.

Prayer Opportunities in July 2021.

“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
1 John 3:8 (NIV)

Though it may not seem that way at the moment, good overcomes evil! Our God is absolutely good, yet in this moment of transition into the kingdom age, darkness would have you think it’s winning! The enemy is desperate. He has tried to press his agenda before God’s timetable and he will utterly fail. God is not done with our nation, and revival is about to spread across it! Please don’t give up! The greatest breakthroughs, and the greatest victories come in the darkest of times in the most desperate of battles! We are in such a time!
 
Here are some ways you can keep praying with others and for our city this month….
  
Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, July 3 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Our prayer walk this month is during Independence Day weekend. If you are in town, please join us for this very important opportunity to stroll together and cry out to God to break forth at UGA and across Athens. In person, on site prayer really does matter! We are crying out for revival, even reformation, on this campus, across our city and beyond! We are preparing the way for the suddenly here! These prayer walks are always unique and a huge blessing to those who come! Please join us if you’re able!
 
Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, July 12 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
 
Each month intercessors from around Athens converge, to hear what God has been saying to each of us, and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into this new era. These are always amazing times as the watchmen link together and stand in our positions across our city, in unity! Please note, in July there is a possible opportunity on this evening and we may choose to participate in it together instead (be watching for more details coming soon).
 
Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, July 14 / 9 to 10am
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad Street, Athens 30601

Each month Senior pastors from across Athens come together to pray for and with each other! This has been so amazingly powerful! From wherever you are, please use this as an opportunity to join us in praying for the pastors in our city, starting with your own!
 
Pray that God would give them supernatural stamina, divine insights and wisdom from above, along with extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness, as they lead their congregations through this challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. Ask God to show them how to prepare for the suddenly of revival and reformation. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community during such a time as this. Pray that God would protect, even expand the kingdom unity among pastors in our city.
 
In the midst of the tremendous weight that is currently on them, ask God to abundantly bless, extravagantly refresh, greatly encourage, divinely protect and supernaturally provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these lead shepherds in Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay intimately connected to God and run strongly throughout this battle and season of transition. Plead with God for the authority of His word to increase in each pulpit and for each pastor to experience an increase in anointing in their preaching! And cry out for God to use our pastors as a powerful holy voice in our city and beyond, that they would not be silenced, fearful or hidden!
 
Altar of Fire
Thursday, July 15 / 7 to 9pm
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad Street, Athens 30601
 
In July our citywide gathering for intercessors, worshippers and lovers of Jesus will be back at Phoenix. This gathering is definitely not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God, with a wholehearted passionate surrender to Jesus. This is an amazing time of loud worship, high praise, prayer and surrender. We’ve seen healing, even salvation happen amongst us. If you’re interested in giving it all to Jesus in a corporate setting with others who are desperate for God, this is for you!!! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, July 21 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605

Each month those who lead Groups Ministries come together to share and pray with and for each other. Join us in praying for those who lead Groups Ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! Groups play an increasingly important role in discipling our city!
 
Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create more new and effective ways to stay connected and to connect new people. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead their groups well in new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new era. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. Ask God to release an anticipation for the suddenly in each group. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, July 22 / 9 to 10am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Rd, Bogart 30622

Each month those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for each other. These hidden warriors make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. God has been and continues to prepare them for this new season that upon us!
 
Please pray for the executive / administrative pastor (or those who do that role) in your church and the others who carry this load in the churches across our city. They need wisdom, creativity, boldness and faith. This is a very important ministry at such a crucial time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy and grace as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray for unity between them and their senior pastor. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor on their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges in this new era.
 
Restoring the Foundations International
Hope, Healing, & Freedom Seminar with RTF trainers Winston and Pat Harvey
Saturday, July 24, 2021 / 9am to 5pm
St. James UMC – 111 West Lake Dr., Athens, GA 30606

As a wave of revival is about to hit our nation, we need people who know how to bring healing and freedom into the lives of those who will be coming into the family. Please consider coming to this seminar to receive training in this area. It’s time to get ready for what God is about to release in our land!

PLEASE NOTE: registration deadline is Monday July 19. The registration cost of $35 covers both the workbook and lunch. Contact Sandy Blount at sandy.blount.rtf@gmail.com

For more information please see:
https://www.restoringthefoundations.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fevent%2Finfo&reset=1&id=279&fbclid=IwAR1A8ZqxzPgtGVvSAw-9B5uK72jV9P8SHAJwzD9Aa6JaSCuin3OailximK4

Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Wednesday, July 28 / 11am to 1pm
APN Prayer Center
 
As we prepare for students to return to UGA for Fall classes, those who lead the campus ministry will be meeting up to connect and pray for God to move powerfully in the students’ lives and in the various ministries reaching out to them!

Prayer for the Middle East
Friday, July 30 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (house of prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

Each month a group of passionate prayer warriors gather to pray for Israel and the nations in the Middle East. This is such a vital time to be standing with Israel! And you are most welcome to join in. Even if you can’t be there in person, please take time during this hour to pray with them from wherever you may be. There is much power in agreeing prayer!

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605
 
Senior Pastors from around Athens are encouraged to join us for a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. Every one of these are quite amazing, filled with intensity and a strong sense of God’s presence. The last Thursday of the month (July 29) is open for all pastors, key leadership and intercessors in churches to join us as well. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit, to prepare for the suddenly and for a passion to see revival released right here in our city! Pray that your pastor would be able to join us if he isn’t already a part of this vital and strategic prayer time together!

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere
 
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
 
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).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area
 
Daily Prayer Texts 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!

COMING UP…

Back to School Prayer Vigil
Saturday, August 7 / 9am to 6pm
The Gallery at Athens Church

Come pray for all the students in our Athens area as they return to school. Whether your church gets a slot or not, you are welcome to come at any time to pray for our children in Athens! We are inviting churches to sign up for ONE HOUR slots. If you are interested in signing up your church, please see your pastor as he has all the details!  Also, if you’d be interested in serving as a Prayer Assistant (committing to a THREE HOUR slot) to come pray, to help the teams who come through and to assist in running the prayer room, please let me know. You can email me at steve@athensprayernetwork.com).
 
Campus Ministry Leadership Teams Prayer Gathering
Wednesday, August 11 / 9 to 11am
St. James UMC – 111 West Lake Dr., Athens, GA 30606
 
This is an opportunity for the various teams who minister at UGA to come together in unity to pray with and for each other and for revival on the campus. If you are ministering at UGA, please mark your calendar and plan to come join us. Please note that this is during our normal Pastors Prayer slot. We are encouraging pastors to come connect with these various campus ministries and leaders.
 
Pastors Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, August 18 / 8 to 10am
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad Street, Athens 30601

Here’s an opportunity, hosted by Phoenix Community Church, for senior pastors to come share breakfast together and pray with and for each other as we launch into this new season of harvest together! If you’re a senior pastor, please mark your calendar and plan to come reconnect with the other senior pastors from across Athens!

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) 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!
 
Standing together in prayer for His good!
Steve

Not politically correct!

“As they prayed the earth shook beneath them, causing the building they were in to tremble. Each one of them was filled with the Holy Spirit, and they proclaimed the word of God with unrestrained boldness.” Acts 4:31 (TPT)

Elijah prophesied that dogs would eat Jezebel (1 Kings 21:23) and was fulfilled after he had been taken away in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2). That was a very harsh word, not exactly politically correct. And it wasn’t even fulfilled in his lifetime. By many today Elijah would have been considered a false prophet because his prophecy had not been fulfilled. In fact, there was quite a gap of time between the giving of the prophecy and its fulfillment.

Likewise, today, many prophets are coming under attack for their words about DJT. Some go as far as call them “failed Trump prophecies.” But the reality is, with over 80 million votes DJT did not lose the election. It was stolen from him. Even before the election, Biden had a slip of tongue and was heard saying something to the effect: “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” The bottom-line is, it is not over yet! God is still working in our nation and that which is hidden is now being exposed. God does not operate by our timetable. Jezebel is going down! The evil that is being made into law will not last, nor will this illegal ‘government’ pretending to lawfully lead this nation.

Followers of Christ are not meant to be politically correct. As prophetic people, we are not called to be skirt around true issues and carefully candy coat the word of God, even in our easily offended culture! We are called to speak, pray and live out the word of God, as He gives it to us. And as it has always been, people will not necessarily like it. The truth that sets us free, usually offends us and gets us angry at first. The veil, the deception, the blindness over our nation must be torn down so that truth can be seen! Prophecy should never be evaluated by its political correctness. Evil rulers have always rejected it, and they still are!

Sadly, today too much of the church is afraid to speak the full gospel, or say things that might offend someone. Instead they preach self-help, make me feel happy sermons. And they definitely avoid hot topics such as abortion, sexuality, gender, fraud in the elections, woke-ness, CRT, etc.…, because they don’t want to lose or offend anyone. Many churches also avoid key essential biblical topics such as calling sin sin, eternal damnation and hell, and repentance. Yes, the message of the cross is offensive! It seems that much of the church prefers people happy over being holy! Nevertheless, please understand this, the politically correct will not impact our nation nor will they be instruments of revival. They fear man more than they fear God. They are simply reinforcing a godless system that’s trying to silence the church and the prophetic voice. They are simply leading their sheep to the slaughter to the drum beat of political correctness. They may say, all we need to do is love one another! But love requires us to speak the truth, even if it hurts, because only truth sets us free!

Cry out to the Lord to show you if/where you have been infected with this deception and ask Him to wash it away with truth. Ask Him to shake you, to fill you and give you unrestrained boldness to preach the full gospel (Acts 4:31). Ask God to awaken your church and the churches across our city to speak the word boldly, without sugar coating. Ask God to bless the preaching of His word in our city, even if some people might get upset or mad about it. Ask God to grant pastors and church leadership wisdom and boldness to equip the church in the full word of God and to educate their congregations on how to address (not avoid) the hot topics.

Are you listening?

“After the fire came the gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:12b (NIV)

Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice” (John 10:27)! He did not say some of His sheep, or most of His sheep, or the special super spiritual sheep. He said “My sheep!” In that same verse, Jesus equated hearing His voice to being known by Him. Are you one of His sheep? Do you hear His voice? Do you want to hear what He has to say to you? Btw, what He is saying to you right now is of absolute importance!!!

If you aren’t listening you can miss His voice. Listening requires you to slow down, even stop what you’re doing to focus so you can hear. Though I work on many things simultaneously, I cannot listen well when I am focusing on other things! When Shellie (my wife) comes into the room and starts to talk with me, I must stop what I am doing to truly listen and hear what she is saying.

 Also, you need to learn to discern His voice over the many other voices chattering around you. Our Lord’s voice competes with many other loud voices, not all necessarily bad, but definitely competing. Definitely creating a lot of static around you. I recently stepped into a friend’s vehicle and on the radio was Elton John’s Rocket Man. Being that I don’t listen to anything but uplifting worship and biblical messages, this was definitely distracting. What we listen to in our homes and vehicles is our choice, so why should we fill the air with stuff that doesn’t draw us to Jesus!

God speaks in many volumes and with various voices. From the thunderous roar that echoes through the valley, to the still small voice that requires very close proximity. It is difficult to ignore the thundering voice that echoes over the waters, that shakes the desert and twists the oaks (Psalm 29:3-9). But it is very easy to miss the smaller more intimate voice, especially when competing against Rocket Man.

Nevertheless, if you are one of His sheep, you need to hear His voice, especially in this hour. A wandering sheep easily becomes a dead sheep! The enemy is luring, deceiving and putting many believers into a foggy funk. If you aren’t hearing His voice, what are you listening to? Please decrease the things that are not drawing you to Him and seek Him to find out why you can’t hear Him better. Ask your friends to pray for you. Stop what you’re doing and sit quietly with Him. He has some beautiful and important things He wants to share with you. Make it your top priority to hear His voice, after all, Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice.” Likewise, pray for your pastor to have ears to hear what He is saying. Jesus said to the seven churches in Revelation 2&3 that He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. You pastor needs to hear it!!! Though the chatter is getting deafening, His voice is growing more and more important!

The tide is turning!

“The very moment I call to you for a Father’s help the tide of battle turns and my enemies flee. This one thing I know: God is on my side!” Psalm 56:9 (TPT)

Do you feel it? Something has shifted. In the natural we’ve stepped into summer, but something even more significant is happening. We will soon be coming into a time of great celebration because truth is being made known! The lies are being exposed. The fraud is coming into the light. But before the celebration there will be some intense battling going on as a cloud of deception thickens over our nation. Satan knows the tide has turned and the fighting will become even more fierce before it is over. In WW2 the time between the outcome being determined and the day of victory saw the most fierce and bloodiest battles in the entire war.

Across this nation people are hungry. Not physically for food, but spiritually for the full meat of the word of God. People are no longer wanting an express service with no depth. They are voting for what they want with their feet. They are hungry for truth, for the full gospel, for the word of God. Churches that are preaching the cross, repentance, about heaven and hell, and holiness, are actually growing. Churches that fought to stay open during the government controlled shut down are being blessed.

People want to experience God. Please pray that your pastor and church would be willing to step into this time of increased warfare with boldness and faith. We need to preach the gospel without apology, without compromise, without sugar coating it! I believe the churches that do this will be blessed! Believe it or not, people want bold preachers! Saturate your pastor in prayer!!!

Positioning for a wave!

Revive us again, O God! I know You will! Give us a fresh start! Then all Your people will taste Your joy and gladness.” Psalm 85:6 (TPT)

You may not know this but I grew up in Southern California and spent many years in Australia, much of that on the coast. As such I became an avid and quite competent surfer. Yes, and now though I am quite a distance from any good surf, my surfboard hangs in our prayer room as a reminder. Sometimes I do miss the exhilaration of walking on water and cutting up waves, but what this reminds me of is the wave of revival that is coming! This wave is much more important and exhilarating!

Over the years as a surfer I learned it takes more than simply paddling out into the surf to catch a wave. Sure, you can jump onto the white water anywhere the wave has broken, but to ride the face of a wave and to do any sort of cutting up and down it requires one to be in the right position as it crests. After a while I gained a sense of where the waves were going to break and to get into position in time for the ride.

Today there is so much stirring in the waters. We can all sense a huge wave of revival is coming and is already starting to break in various parts of our nation. This wave is going to impact the nations. But you can’t simply wait till it breaks and expect to experience all God wants you to. This is the time to position yourself for the wave that is coming. This is the time to press into God, to empty your pockets of excess weights and baggage (sin and non-essentials), to ask Him to do whatever He needs to do to position you where you need to be. This is the time to stretch your spiritual muscles and learn to spend more time simply in His presence! This is the time to consecrate yourself, to set yourself apart completely unto Him.

Take time and seek the Lord about this. Ask Him if there are any weights or excess baggage in your heart. Ask Him who you are to partner with in this season, who are going to be your “surf” buddies (btw, there is a big difference between a casual and intense surfer). You want to partner with wholehearted passionate people. Ask God to awaken the “surfers” in your congregation, those who truly want revival and Him and are willing to sacrifice to do whatever it takes. Ask Him to give you eyes to see where He is stirring the waters and preparing to move right here, and the faith to get in position.

Prayer Opportunities in June 2021.

“Long ago I prophesied things that would happen.
I issued decrees and made them known.
Then suddenly, I acted and made them happen.”

Isaiah 48:3 (TPT) 

We are alive in a time when God’s “suddenly” is upon us! And it is going to be amazing!!! The suddenly rarely happen accidentally. A suddenly usually requires both God and our part. While we pray and obey, He works in the hidden place. His prophetic word will be fulfilled in His timing, at just the right moment. The disciples “were together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14) until the Day of Pentecost came and “suddenly” heaven moved on earth (Acts 2), just as Jesus had promised!

Jesus came suddenly, at the fullness of time. The way had been prepared for Him. This had been prophesied for centuries! And while the shepherds were out in the field an angel suddenly appeared with the amazing message of the Messiah being born. Then a great number of heavenly host suddenly appeared giving “glory to God in the highest” (Luke 2:8-14).

Many years later, the Beloved John was in exile and while worshipping in the Spirit revelation was suddenly poured out upon him (Revelation 1:10). He wasn’t out playing golf, or surfing or shopping. He was pressing into God!

Suddenly the waters break and labor pains intensify. Not too long after that, the baby is born. The baby had been conceived then wonderfully woven together in the hidden place of its mother’s womb (Psalm 139:14-16) until birth day! And then suddenly…

Our prayers prepare the way for the suddenly. Please keep believing, keep praying, keep obeying and keep waiting upon God, as He watches to fulfill His word (Jeremiah 1:12).

Here are some ways you can press in and pray with and for others this month….

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, June 5 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Each month we gather at The Arch to stroll together and cry out to God to break forth at UGA and in our city. In person, on site prayer really does matter! We are pressing into God for revival, even reformation, on this campus, across our city and beyond! We are preparing the way for the suddenly here! These prayer walks are always unique and a huge blessing to those who come! Please join us if you’re able!

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, June 7 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center

Each month intercessors from around Athens converge, to hear what God has been saying to each of us, and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into this new era. These are always amazing times as the watchmen link together and stand in our positions across our city, in unity! If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, June 9 / 9 to 10am
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad Street, Athens 30601

Each month Senior pastors from across Athens come together to pray for and with each other! From wherever you are, please use this as an opportunity to join us in praying for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them supernatural stamina, divine insights and wisdom from above, along with extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness, as they lead their congregations through this challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. Ask God to show them how to prepare for the suddenly of revival and reformation. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community in such a time as this. Pray that God would protect, even expand the kingdom unity among pastors in our city in 2021. In the midst of the tremendous weight that is currently on them, ask God to abundantly bless, extravagantly refresh, greatly encourage, divinely protect and supernaturally provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these lead shepherds in Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay intimately connected to God and run strongly throughout this battle and season of transition. Plead with God for the authority of His word to increase in each pulpit and for each pastor to experience an increase in anointing in their preaching! And cry out for God to use our pastors as a powerful holy voice in our city and beyond, that they would not be silenced, fearful or hidden!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, June 16 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605

Each month those who lead Groups Ministries come together to share and pray with and for each other. Join us in praying for those who lead Groups Ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! Groups play an increasingly important role in discipling our city! Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create more new and effective ways to stay connected and to connect new people. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead their groups well in new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new era. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. Ask God to release an anticipation for the suddenly in each group. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, June 17 / 9 to 10am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Rd, Bogart 30622

Each month those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for each other. Pray for these hidden warriors who make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. God has been and continues to prepare them for this new season that upon us! Please pray for the executive / administrative pastor (or those who do that role) in your church and the others who carry this load in the churches across our city. They need wisdom, creativity, boldness and faith. This is a very important ministry at such a crucial time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy and grace as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray for unity between them and their senior pastor. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor on their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges in this new era.

Altar of Fire
Thursday, June 17 / 7 to 9pm
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad Street, Athens 30601

In June we will be continuing our monthly, citywide gathering for intercessors, worshippers and lovers of Jesus. This gathering is definitely not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God, with a wholehearted passionate surrender to Jesus. This is an amazing time of worship, high praise, prayer and surrender. We’ve seen healing, even salvation happen amongst us. If you’re interested in giving it all to Jesus in a corporate setting with others who are desperate for God, this is for you!!! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Prayer for the Middle East
Friday, June 25 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (house of prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

Each month a group of passionate prayer warriors gather to pray for Israel and the nations in the Middle East. This is such a vital time to be standing with Israel! And you are most welcome to join in. Even if you can’t be there in person, please take time during this hour to pray with them from wherever you may be. There is much power in agreeing prayer!

PLEASE NOTE… there will be no Student Pastors Prayer or Worship Pastors Prayer over the summer (June and July). Student Pastors will reconnect on Thursday, August 5 at 9am (venue to be determined). The Worship Pastors Prayer is still pending.

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, 3, 10, 17 and 24 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605

Senior Pastors from around Athens are encouraged to join us for a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. Every one of these are quite amazing, filled with intensity and a strong sense of God’s presence. The last Thursday of the month (June 24) is open for all pastors and key leadership in churches to join us as well. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit, to prepare for the suddenly and for a passion to see revival released right here in our city!

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere

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

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).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area

Every day at 8am these Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond. And 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 a simple and amazingly awesome way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city, for our city!

COMING UP…

Back to School Prayer Vigil
August 6-7
Venue (to be determined)

More details will be available soon, but for now please mark your calendar and plan to come pray for all the students in our Athens area as they return to school. We are inviting churches to sign up for ONE HOUR slots. If you are interested in signing up your church, please let me know by emailing steve@athensprayernetwork.com. I’ll make sure you get the details as soon as they are available.

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) 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!

Preparing for the suddenly!
Steve

An unseen realm!

Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” 2 Kings 6:17 (TPT)

We have been given authority to cast out demons (Mark 16:17). But have you really ever done that? Most civilized people have a hard time grasping, even believing there is an unseen realm all around us. Does a realm of angels and demons seem like an odd or foreign concept to you? I believe in the very near future it won’t seem so far-fetched. Demons are just as active here as they are in the remote jungles of our world. And angels are not simply worshipping God around His throne! They are active in our world, especially right now! Demons operate more covertly here because they are able to. They can hide in plain sight because so many do not believe they even exist. And how can you cast out something that you don’t believe is real? That’s about to change! As the Holy Spirit’s presence is increasing He literally forces these demons into the light!

Satan is over stepping his authority. The recent anti-god moves in our culture have been a long time in the making. Witchcraft is real and witches are not simply women with warts on their noses who wear pointy hats. Curses are real, and have much more impact on you than you realize. Once you begin to see these realities, you will notice them EVERYWHERE! For most we have a gap in our understanding of reality. Most in the church believe in a God and a devil, and we believe in an earthly realm that we can see and touch. But the unseen gap between the two is filled with angelic and demonic activity and this realm is about to burst into a new level of awareness.

Ask God to give you eyes to see beyond the natural, earthly realm. Ask Him to teach you to discern the workings of the demonic as well as the presence of angels. God has given us angels who exist to guard us, even when we don’t believe in them. Ask God to grant you spiritual eyes to see behind and beyond the physical veil. Ask God to open the eyes of the pastors in our city, and to lead their congregations with eyes wide open to the spiritual realities around us! And with our eyes being opened, ask Him for wisdom and courage to engage in this epic and spiritual battle as He leads us forward in this new era!

Do it again!

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)

There was a time in the 1900’s when revival broke out in Athens, GA, and the name of Jesus was literally on everyone’s lips! I think this revival lasted 6 weeks! There are still some older folks in our city who not only remember this, but gave their lives to Jesus during those weeks! Let me just say… it is coming again!!!

People are hungry for truth, for Spirit filled churches that don’t simply look like the world dressed in nice clothes! People are sick of going to dead lifeless and powerless churches! They are desperate, and the churches that are bold enough to be open, where the word is be preached, when Jesus is lifted up and the Holy Spirit is regularly and passionately invited, are growing! Though overall, the church is declining in our nation, nevertheless, those who seek God wholeheartedly are finding, and finding Him in large numbers! People are tired of a “form of godliness without the power” of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:5). 

Revival happens where the Holy Spirit is not only invited, but desired! When we are desperate we will seek until we find. The difference between churches where the Holy Spirit is welcome look radically different from churches who are simply providing a religious activity. Today, people are not seeking religion, but an authentic relationship with God!

Please be crying out for the churches in Athens (starting with your own) to grow increasingly desperate for more of an authentic experience and relationship with Jesus, where the power of the Holy Spirit is freely present. If need be, confess where you have grown content with a powerless expression of faith. If it is true for your church, cry out for the Holy Spirit to awaken true believers. Cry out for revival, for awakening, for reformation in our city! Cry out for the name of Jesus to be on the lips of every person in Athens!!!