Prayer Opportunities in January 2021.

“Keep a constant watch over your soul, and pray for the courage and grace to prevail over these things that are destined to occur and that you will stand before the presence of the Son of Man with a clear conscience.”  Luke 21:36 (TPT)

Earlier this week, we heard Jeremiah Johnson say that he believed Luke 21 was for 2021. Take time to marinate in it and ultimately don’t be distracted by what’s coming, but stay alert, stay focused on Jesus. We are going to see and experience many unexplainable, mysterious, and miraculous things. Some good, some not so good, but don’t listen to the lies and rumors of the world. Please keep praying! Here are some ways you can pray with and for others this month….

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, January 2 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

As we launch into the new year, please join us on the first Saturday of the month, as we hit the pavement, crying out to God for a powerful movement here at UGA. Followers of Christ from all around Athens are encouraged meet at The Arch before we prayerfully wander around campus and/or downtown Athens. Onsite prayer really does matter! Please come if you’re able!

Worship Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, January 6 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606

Worship Pastors from around Athens will meet up and pray together on the first Thursday. Please pray as we relaunch this vital and timely group!

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, January 7 / 9 to 10am
Venue TBD

Student Pastors from around Athens will meet up and pray together on the first Thursday of 2021. Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hungry in the students across our city in 2021! Ask God to pour out grace, wisdom and creativity upon all those who minister to the young people of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Pray that God would protect each of these Students Pastors, their families, their teams (whether staff or volunteers). Please pray that every student in our city would be drawn to God in this unprecedented moment in history and that they would become the catalyst for revival on their campuses, in our city and beyond.

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21 and 28 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605

Pastors from around Athens are invited to join in a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit and a passion to see revival released right here in our city!

New Year New Heart
Saturday, January 9, 2021 / 9am to 4pm
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

The theme of Athens College of Ministry’s annual prayer conference this year is “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Join us to explore the Great I Am and see the new things that He is accomplishing during this era in the world and through His Church. You are part of His plans and purposes for making all things new! The cost is $35. For more info and/or to register, go to http://acmin.org/new-year-new-heart/

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, January 11 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center

This very important time for intercessors from across Athens to come together, in person, to hear what God has been saying to each of us, and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into 2021. We will be praying into the Altar of Fire! If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, January 13 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

On the second Wednesday of each month Senior pastors from around our city come together to pray for and with each other! Please pray 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 long challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. 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 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 cry out for God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city and nation, that they would not be silenced!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, January 20 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Rd, Bogart 30622

Join us in praying for those who lead Groups ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even 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 these new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new year, as well as for the season. 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. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, January 21 / 9 to 10am
Beech Haven Baptist – 2390 W Broad St, Athens 30606

On the third Thursday of each month, those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for one each other. Pray for these hidden heroes who make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. 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 that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges in 2021.

Altar of Fire
Thursday, January 21, 2021 / 7pm
Venue TBD

In January we will be launching a monthly, citywide gathering for intercessors and worshippers. Fire existed before creation because it was in God. If you can’t feel the heat, you’re not close enough to the flame! This is not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God. If that is you, please mark your calendar and plan

COMING SOON…

The Mix 2021
Friday and Saturday, February 26-27, 2021
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606

The Mix is on in 2021. This year we will be at Athens Church, and of course, observing whatever we need to in order to keep everyone COVID safe. We will be having a prayer room that will cover this vital youth gathering in Athens. We plan to adjust the number in the room according to where things are up to regarding the pandemic. We will be looking for teams to sign up for ONE HOUR slots, as well as prayer assistants committing to THREE HOUR slots. Please mark your calendar. More details will be coming soon.

ONGOING AND INSPIRATIONAL…

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/

Campus Prayer
Planning to launch back on Monday, January 11 / 1 to 2pm
Currently via Zoom

Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Will launch back on Thursday January 7 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley Chapel (loft)

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

These Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every morning at 8am. And they are posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a great and simple way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city for our city! BTW, if you’d no longer like to receive these, please simply reply to the daily text “REMOVE.”

FOR MORE 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 people are praying in our city! We are also now including many of these posts on the APN blog on our website – https://athensprayernetwork.com/blog/#watch.

Advancing God’s Kingdom together in 2021!!!
Steve 

Prayer Opportunities in December 2020.

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.”  Psalm 24:1 (NLT)

In a day when everything seems to be in the balance, the reality is, God is still enthroned above it all. The earth is His! And He has given us the responsibility to govern His creation through our prayer. And the great thing about it, right now, prayer is being stirred up across the earth. As we press into the end of the year, there is so much at stake. Please keep praying! Here are some ways you can pray with and for others this month….

Daniel Fast for our nation
December 1 through 21, 2020
Everywhere

Lou Engle is calling a 21-day Daniel Fast for our nation. This is not a time to back off, or give into the enemy’s lies that the outcome of the election is already determined. We are crying out these 21 days for God to end abortion and bring revival to our nation. The outcome of this election will have an impact on that! Please consider joining the fast (but don’t broadcast it) in whatever manner the Lord would lead you. And continue to press into warfare prayer for our nation!

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 3 / 9 to 10am
Watkinsville First Baptist – 1610 Simonton Bridge Road, Watkinsville, 30677

Student Pastors from around Athens will meet up and pray together on the first Thursday of December. We invite those who are not student pastors to join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hungry in the students across our city! Ask God to pour out grace, wisdom and creativity upon all those who minister to the young people of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Pray that God would protect each of these Students Pastors, their families, their teams (whether staff or volunteers). Please pray that every student in our city would be drawn to God in this unprecedented moment in history and that they would become the catalyst for revival on their campuses, in our city and beyond.

Leader’s Summit
Thursday, December 3 / 11am to noon
On line everywhere

Join THE SEND collaboration for a national online pastors and leaders gathering. Francis Chan, Lou Engle and others will be facilitating this gathering. We are in a crucial moment of history where the church has to take its place of leadership and where every believer must be activated to their missional and evangelistic calling. As THE SEND is launching their most collaborative and biggest vision yet. There are more ways for churches, movements and organizations to work together and take part in what hopefully will be the largest wave of mobilization of evangelism and missions in history! To register (free) go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-send-a-national-pastor-leaders-gathering-online-tickets-121657614199?fbclid=IwAR14zDmygmoSkzZbc7KlQPi-gGeoUkoksA9KusJazmepD20qJ479kvh3fG0

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

As we wrap the year, please join us on the first Saturday of the month, as we hit the pavement, crying out to God for a powerful movement here at UGA. Followers of Christ from all around Athens are encouraged meet at The Arch before we prayerfully wander around campus and/or downtown Athens. Onsite prayer really does matter! Please come if you’re able!

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Mondays, December 7, 14 and 21 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605

Athens from around Athens are invited to join in a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit!

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, December 9 / 9 to 10am
Hill Chapel Baptist – 1692 W Hancock Avenue, Athens 30606

Each month Senior pastors from around our city come together to pray for and with each other! Today, please pause and pray 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 long challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. 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 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 cry out for God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city and nation, that they would not be silenced!

High Noon Showdown
Saturday, December 12 / noon
From coast to coast

See Dean Briggs Facebook page (zoom with Lou Engle) for more details… https://www.facebook.com/dbarkleybriggs/videos/4714767751928928. We will post more information when it comes out. For now, please mark your calendar!

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, December 14 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center

This very important time for intercessors from across Athens to come together, in person, to hear what God has been saying to each of us, and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into 2021. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, December 16 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606

Join us in praying for those who lead Groups ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even 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 these new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this season, as well as for the next. 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. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 17 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606

On the third Thursday of each month, those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for one each other. Pray for these hidden heroes who make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. 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 that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges into the post-election season.

Coming soon…

New Year New Heart
Saturday, January 9, 2021 / 9am to 4pm
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

The theme of Athens College of Ministry’s annual prayer conference this year is “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Join us to explore the Great I Am and see the new things that He is accomplishing during this era in the world and through His Church. You are part of His plans and purposes for making all things new! There is a 10% early bird discount available until December 9. After that, the price will go up to $35. For more info and/or to register, go to http://acmin.org/new-year-new-heart/

Pastors Unity Prayer
Thursday, January 21, 2021 / 10am to noon
Venue TBD

This has been a tough season, testing our racial relationship amongst the pastors in Athens. Ephesians 4:3 (NIV) says we are to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” This is such a critical time to maintain this unity! This gathering of black and white pastors is absolutely “essential” in our day! Please fervently pray for the relationships between the black and white pastors in our city as we choose to walk by a different beat than that of the world. Pray for us as we gather for this time of sharing, discussion and prayer (and food)!

Altar of Fire
Thursday, January 28, 2021 / evening
Venue TBD

In January we will be launching a monthly, citywide gathering for intercessors and worshippers. If you can’t feel the heat, you’re not close enough to the flame! This is not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God. If that is you, please mark your calendar and plan

Ongoing and inspirational…

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere

If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/

Campus Prayer
Will launch back on January Monday 11 / 1 to 2pm
Currently via Zoom

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

These Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every morning at 8am. And they are posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a great and simple way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!

For more (and 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 people are praying in our city!

Bless you heaps!!!
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in November 2020.

“Behold, I am standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear My voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and you will feast with Me.” 
Revelation 3:20 (TPT)

This has been an unprecedented season. In the midst of all the challenges, Jesus has been calling out to His bride. Those who have ears have been hearing and responding, inviting Jesus into a deeper more intimate relationship. Others have not heard the knocking because of the distractions of this season. The imagery of this passage of Jesus knocking on the door of our heart is not an evangelistic call to accept Him as you Savior. This was written to the body of believers of Laodicea. In Jesus’ day, when a man wanted to marry a woman, he and his father would go to the bride-to-be’s house and knock on the door. If she opened it up all the way and accepts the cup he is offering her, she would be communicating that she would be his bride (adapted from notes in TPT). It is said that before Jesus comes for His bride He will come to His bride (Jeremiah Johnson). That is exactly what is happening in this season. The good news, it is not too late to respond. Tell Him right now that you want to be His bride, that you will open the door of your heart and allow Him to take you deeper and prepare you for the wedding feast of the Lamb (Revelation 19). Please pray that for your pastor and church (as well as the other churches in Athens), specifically, that they would have ears to hear His voice and the knocking, and have the faith and passion to open the door for Him to come in deeper than ever before!

This month as we continue to engage in an epic battle, please don’t let up. Let the Lord stir prayer in you like never before. If you ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray, He will (Romans 8:26-27)! Here are some ways you can pray with and for others this month….

Praying toward the Elections
Through November 3
Everywhere

We have been praying together, since September 25 for the election. Each day at 7am a different prayer missile has been posted on the APN Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281. These have been used as a launch pad to saturate prayer during this most important election of our lifetime, every day, together!!! The whole prayer guide will be available at the APN website – https://athensprayernetwork.com/praying-toward-the-elections/. Please continue to pray up to and through election day!!! Be watching for more focused prayer post-election!

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, November 5 / 9 to 10am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Student Pastors (Middle School and High School) from around Athens will meet up and pray together on the first Thursday of November. We invite those who are not student pastors to join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hungry in the students across our city! Ask God to pour out grace, wisdom and creativity upon all those who minister to the young people of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Pray that God would protect each of these Students Pastors, their families, their teams (whether staff or volunteers). Please pray that every student in our city would be drawn to God in this unprecedented moment in history and that they would become the catalyst for revival on their campuses, in our city and beyond.

UGA Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursday, November 5 &19 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley (Loft in Chapel) – 1196 S Lumpkin St., Athens

Those who lead the various campus or college ministries are invited to pray together for each other and for a powerful move of God across the campus. Join us in prayer from wherever you are to ask God for this coming move across UGA. And, ask God to strengthen and refresh all those who are ministering and/or trying to reach college students in Athens in the midst of these ‘socially distant’ and virtual days we are currently living in!

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, November 7 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Please join us if you’re able, on the first Saturday of the month, as we pound the pavement, crying out for a move of God here at UGA. Christ followers from around Athens are invited meet at The Arch before prayerfully wandering around campus and/or downtown Athens.

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

We will be gathering, in person, as the Athens Intercessors Community in the APN Prayer Center. We catch up with what God has been saying to us and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into the post-election season. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, November 11 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Dr., Athens 30606

Senior pastors from around Athens come together each month to pray for and with each other! If you’re able, please join us and pray from wherever you are to pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them divine insights and wisdom from above, extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness as they lead their congregations through this challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community. Pray that God would guard and even expand the unity among pastors in our city. In the midst of all the 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 ask God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city and nation, during such a time as this!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, November 12 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope (Chapel) – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Each month, those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for one each other. Pray for these hidden heroes who make huge decisions in an environment they have never been in before. 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 that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges into the post-election season.

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, November 18 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Join us in praying for those who lead Groups and Discipleship Ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even 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 group leaders to lead their groups well in these new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders, especially for the next season. 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 prepare the church in Athens for the coming harvest! And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Pastors Racial Unity
Thursday, November 19 / 10am to noon
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605

This has been a tough season, a time of testing of our racial relationship amongst the pastors in Athens. Ephesians 4:3 (NIV) says we are to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” This is such a critical time to maintain this unity! This gathering of black and white pastors is absolutely “essential” for our city in our day! Please fervently pray for the relationships between the black and white pastors in our city as we choose to walk by a different beat than that of the world. Pray for us as we gather for this time of sharing, discussion and prayer (and food)!

Campus Prayer
Mondays / 1 to 2pm
Currently via Zoom

ONGOING AND INSPIRATIONAL…

Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 8am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:55am 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 morning at 8am (ET) Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond. They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a simple way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!

FOR MORE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) it is much 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 people are praying in our city! We are now including many of these posts on the APN blog, which is found on our website – https://athensprayernetwork.com/blog/#watch.

Bless you heaps!!!
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in October 2020.

“I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming.
He has no hold over Me…”
John 14:30 (NIV)

Other versions put it slightly different: “he has no claim on Me” (ESV), “no power over Me” (NLT), “he has nothing to use against Me (TPT), “he has nothing on Me” (CEB) and “he has nothing in common with Me” (AMP). This verse reveals the principle of no common ground. Like Jesus, we are to have nothing in common with the devil! This is one of the primary reasons why so many people get beat up in spiritual warfare, because they have common ground with the enemy! We are not to partner with darkness, at all! Any place that is not of the Spirit is of the flesh, is an open door, a foothold for the enemy (see Galatians 5:16-26). We create a common ground when we allow disbelief, fear, anxiety, anger, lust, pride, selfishness, rebellion, and the such, to operate in our lives! Any level of those things create a common ground. Consider what Terry Crist said in Interceding Against Powers of Darkness; “The reason Jesus was so effective in spiritual warfare… is because no common ground existed between Him and His adversary. When the devil struck at Jesus, there was absolutely nothing whatsoever in Him to receive the ‘hit.’ When Satan examined Him, there was nothing for him to find. Jesus and Satan had no relationship one to another, no common ground. In this hour of intense warfare, be sure to go before the Lord, crying out for Him to show you any “common ground” you have given to the devil (Psalm 139:23-24). And then confess, turn from it and invite the Holy Spirit to come fill those spots with His truth and presence!

This month we are in an epic battle. Please make sure you are ready for it! Now here are some important ways to pray with and for others this month….

Praying toward the Elections
September 25 through November 3

Between now and election day we are having a special season of prayer for the elections. Each day at 7am a different prayer missile is posted on the APN Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281. Please use these as a launch pads to saturate this most important election of our lifetime in prayer, every day!!! The whole prayer guide will be available at the APN website – https://athensprayernetwork.com/praying-toward-the-elections/

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, October 1 / 9 to 10am
WFBC – 1610 Simonton Bridge Road, Watkinsville 30677

Keeping with our rhythm the first Thursday of October, Student Pastors from around Athens will meet up and pray. For those of you who are not student pastors, please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hungry in the students across our city! Ask God to pour out grace, wisdom and creativity upon all those who minister to the young people of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Cry out to God that He would protect each of these Students Pastors, their families, their teams (whether staff or volunteers). Please pray that every student in our city would be drawn to God in this unprecedented moment in history and that they would become the catalyst for revival on their campuses, in our city and beyond.

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, October 3 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

On the first Saturday of the month Christ followers from around Athens, meet at The Arch before pounding the pavement, crying out for a move of God here. Please join us if you can!

UGA Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursday, October 8 & 22 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley (Bob’s office) – 1196 S Lumpkin St., Athens

Every other Thursday, those who lead campus or college ministries are invited to join us praying for each other and for God to move powerfully across the college campus. Please join us in prayer from wherever you are to ask God for a powerful move at UGA. Also, ask God to strengthen and blow fresh wind upon all those who are ministering or trying to reach college students.

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, October 14 / 9 to 10am
St James UMC – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens 30606

Each month senior pastors from around Athens gather to pray for and with each other! If you’re able, please join us from wherever you are to pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them divine wisdom from above, extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness as they lead their congregations through this challenging, unprecedented, even hostile season. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community. Pray that God would guard and even expand the unity among pastors in our city. In the midst of all the 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 ask God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city and nation, during such a time as this!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, October 15 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Dr., Athens 30606
 
Those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for one each other. Pray for these hidden heroes who make huge decisions in an environment they have never been in before. 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 very a very important ministry at such an crucial time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges into the next season.

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, October 19 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
 
After shifting the date for this month (third Monday instead of second), we will be gathering, in person, as the Athens Intercessors Community in the APN Prayer Center. We will catch up with what God has been saying to us, worship and pray together. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, October 21 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Road, Bogart, 30622

Join us in praying for those who lead Groups ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even 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 these new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this season, as well as for the next. 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. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

COMING UP…

Pastors Racial Unity
Thursday, November 19 / 10am to noon
Venue TBD

This gathering of black and white pastors is “essential” in our day! We live in tense days, and our pastors will continue to meet up to pray and discuss how we can walk this out in ways that honor each other and pleases God. Please fervently pray for the relationships between the black and white pastors in our city as we choose to walk by a different beat than that of the world.

ONGOING AND INSPIRATIONAL…

Campus Prayer
Mondays / 1 to 2pm
Currently via Zoom

Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 8am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:55am 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
 
These Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every morning at 8am. And they are posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a great and simple way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!

FOR MORE 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 people are praying in our city!
 
Bless you heaps!!!
Steve

Praying toward the Elections

40 days – Friday, September 25 through Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Between Friday, September 25 and election day, we will share a different daily prayer focus. We have prepared 40 different prayer missiles to be fired during this season in the buildup to this important election. The clearer the target the more accurate the hit. These daily prayer missiles are to provide you a launch pad to pray throughout the day. Each day these will be posted on the APN Facebook page at 7am.

I understand that we are living in a day where people are so sensitive and easily offended. We will be focusing a lot of prayer on abortion. Please pray for God’s will to be done in this election. Ask God for the government that would best provide a context for His work to advance in and through our nation. And pray that God would give a historic undisputed and indisputable clear result with no violent resistance following the election.

These daily prayer missiles are not posted for discussion, but for prayer. Please do not reply unless it is positive and prayer focused. These prayer missiles are not exhaustive or represent everything that needs to be prayed for during these next 40 days. Please invite the Holy Spirit to lead you and pray through you as you pray toward the 2020 elections (Romans 8:26-27).

For more options such as voter guide and candidate information, check out the Intercessors for America website (https://ifapray.org/).

Prayer Missile 1 – September 25

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (NIV)

May God bring EVERYTHING in our nation that is in the darkness into the light (Ephesians 5:8-14) and that NOTHING would remain hidden. As we begin our 40 day praying toward the election, ask God to reveal the hidden things in the foundation of our nation that may influence the results of this election. Ask God to expose the cornerstones of our nation that were not of Him. Ask God to expose the places where the candidates stand on faulty foundations. Ask Him to expose everything that is intentionally or incidentally hidden from the public’s eye. And ask God for open eyes to see what He is exposing.

Prayer Missile 2 – September 26

“Everything exposed by light becomes visible.” Ephesians 5:13 (NIV)

Abortion is a terrible thing! In so many ways our nation has grown cold to the hideousness of abortion. Many have been deceived into thinking it is just the removal of tissue. Bottomline, it is the murder of the most innocent! Please pray that the Church would wake up to this truth. Pray for each candidate and their party’s stance on abortion to be truly seen for what it is, that nothing would remain hidden.

Please check out Love Every Heart Beat at https://www.focusonthefamily.com/see-life/

Prayer Missile 3 – September 27

Ask the Holy Spirit to shift the spiritual climate over our nation by the church choosing to bless instead of cursing the candidates. Our disunity shouts loudly to the world. Pray for all of the presidential candidates in the 2020 election. Ask for peace and life over Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and over President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence. Ask God to abundantly pour out His love, power and wisdom upon each of them. Ask God to visit them with His goodness. Cry out for God to bring each of them into the fullness of His purposes and plans, for them and for our nation! Plead for the Father to make His name holy through them, and for His kingdom to come and will to be done by them “as it is in heaven!” Pray for miracles!!!

Prayer Missile 4 – September 28

“For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” Ephesians 5:12 (NIV)

There is a shocking link between abortion, Planned Parenthood and sex trafficking. Please pray that God would continue to expose these hidden works of darkness. And that our nation, but especially the church, would have eyes to see it!

See article for more details…  https://www.liveaction.org/news/link-sex-trafficking-abortion-planned-parenthood/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=93706365&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9J36M7Gg2N-1ii7yl7RH05qu4ztY591YfhNtauSQC9LF0–Eh9SFMJsRfWCWISBOiE6SoAGjwRW_X6QN2dWmlmhJg-fU7w7KlJfGQzvJ-AG_YkCfM&utm_content=93706365&utm_source=hs_email

Prayer Missile 5 – September 29

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 (CSB)

Many young people today do not have an accurate understanding of America’s amazing history. Many proclaim to be “socialists” or support the socialist platform, but don’t even know what it is. They have been lied to by the media, by a corrupted education system and worse, a lukewarm Church. Though our country is not perfect nor has a perfect past (sin, racism, slavery, murder…), God has moved powerfully here in the past and has used this nation in amazing ways. Ask God to rip up, tear out, lift and completely remove the veil and deception that keeps people from seeing the truth in our nation. Cry out for God to open the eyes of this nation to see these things that are being exposed, as they really are and as they really happened, the good and the evil (ALL TRUTH), starting with the church (including ourselves). Ask God to release a faith in the church to make Him first and foremost and to live and love like it. And ask God for courage to speak up, to vote and to vote Biblically with truth-based knowledge.

Prayer Missile 6 – September 30

“So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.” Exodus 1:20 (NIV)

The Book of Exodus starts out with Pharaoh attempting to kill all the Hebrew baby boys at the point of birth. But thanks to a few “midwives” who feared God more than they feared Pharaoh, this devilish plot did not succeed. And because these midwives feared God, He blessed them with their own families. These few made a difference for the many, and got blessed too! Please pray for those who are actively fighting on behalf of the unborn today. Ask God to give them success in their efforts. Ask God to bless them tremendously. And ask God to bless the candidates who are pro-life.

Prayer Missile 7 – October 1

It is estimated that nearly 100 million eligible voters did not vote for a president in the 2016 elections. And a huge chunk of those were believers. Please pray that followers of Christ would register to vote and then prayerfully consider the candidates that best fit the Biblical criteria of pro-life and other Godly values. Pray for an undisputed and indisputable result with the most legal voters ever to the polls. BTW, October 5 is the deadline for online registration.

Prayer Missile 8 – October 2

The truth about Margaret Sanger is getting out. She was the architect of Planned Parenthood and they are now trying to distance themselves from her. According to Wikipedia “her goal was to eliminate all people of color.” Please pray today that our nation would see that Planned Parenthood is not for people of color, and that abortion is a weapon the enemy is using against them. Pray that God would put in office people who would defund Planned Parenthood and change the laws in our land regarding abortion.

Prayer Missile 9 – October 3

“Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.” Matthew 6:9 (CSB)

Right now, there is a fight going on for the next Supreme Court Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Amy Coney Barrett. Please pray for Amy and her family throughout this process. As I understand it, the president in office in this next term will have the opportunity to seat more. This will turn the tide of law for decades to come. Why this is so important is that it is here that the abortion laws will be overturned or upheld. Pray for the candidates who are pro-life and will seat pro-life justices in as many of the courts as possible over the next four years. Pray for candidates who would appoint justices who would honor our heavenly Father’s holy name in the courts across our nation.

Prayer Missile 10 – October 4

“Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.” Matthew 10:4 (NIV)

Sadly, Judas is known for betraying Jesus. He was deceived and entrapped by the devil. Once the devil was done with him, Judas realized what he had done and took his life. Pray that God would lift the deception off each candidate and show them where they are entrapped by the devil. Cry out for God’s grace over each one to know and be set free by the truth.

Prayer Missile 11 – October 5

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41 (NIV)

The child in the womb is a person with a story and destiny waiting for them to step into. It is an abomination to wipe these children out under the guise of “any circumstance!”  Babies in the womb can sense God’s presence. While John the Baptist was in his mother’s womb, when his mother heard Mary’s voice, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and John leaped for joy (v.44). He was not simply tissue waiting to be delivered as a baby. He was a real live human being who was capable of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Pray that a paradigm shift would occur in our nation and that the value and personhood of the unborn would be embraced. Pray that God would raise up a government that would reverse Roe vs Wade and that other means to assist women in non-abortive ways would be raised up.

Prayer Missile 12 – October 6

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)

Cry out for the church to stop fighting this battle like the world does. We have weapons that have divine power to demolish strongholds! A stronghold is an argument that sets itself above God and His truth. As we pray for the upcoming elections, ask God to demolish every place that is set up against Him and the truth of who He is! And ask Him for a grace in His Church to stop fighting like the world does.

Prayer Missile 13 – October 7

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

I realize it may be a stretch, but please pray that God would release heavenly wisdom and revelation on each candidate that they might know who He is and how great His love is for them!

Prayer Missile 14 – October 8

“And they have filled this place with the blood of innocent children. They have built pagan shrines to Baal, and there they burn their sons as sacrifices to Baal. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed My mind to command such a thing!” Jeremiah 19:4b-5 (NLT)

God was shocked by His people adopting the appalling practices of other nations, who offered up their children to the foreign god of Baal. Israel ultimately fell under the judgment of God because of this practice. Honestly, with the US murdering over 60 million unborn children over the last fifty years we, too, have been feeding the bloodlust of Molech. It is said that Francis Schaeffer, a Christian philosopher of the 70’s and 80’s put it this way, “Every abortion clinic should have a sign in front of it that says, ‘OPEN BY PERMISSION OF THE CHURCH.’” Please cry out in repentance for the Church’s silence over these years.

Prayer Missile 15 – October 9

“You answer our prayers with amazing wonders and with awe-inspiring displays of power.” Psalm 65:5 (TPT)

Thank God for what He is going to do because of the church praying for this election. Ask Him to awaken multitudes of prayers across our nation who are asking Him to release His amazing wonders and awe-inspiring answers to our prayers. Pray that God would awaken authentic, faith-filled, believing prayer for the candidates. Ask God to use this prayer as a catalyst for revival and awakening in our nation.

Prayer Missile 16 – October 10

Psalm 127 tells us that children are a heritage and that the fruit of the womb is a reward. Yet abortion robs this heritage and reward. When a child is ripped from the womb, a great loss occurs. Families miss out on their heritage and children miss out on their destiny! Sadly, the adoption process is twisted, complicated and unrealistic. Cry out to God to bring bold changes to the adoption process so that children who previously would have been aborted or left in the system can be quickly and more easily placed in Christian homes. Pray for a government that would support this process.

Prayer Missile 17 – October 11

“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16 (NIV)

One morning Elisha and his servant woke up to discover that the enemy had surrounded their city. But Elisha knew that God’s army was greater. He asked God to open Gehazi’s eyes to see, and instantly it became obvious that the enemy dwarfed in comparison to the angelic army of fiery chariots. Ask God to mobilize and strengthen the fiery angelic armies surrounding the election process … to protect the candidates, to sustain them, to make passage where it is currently blocked or locked, and to fight for God’s holy name and purposes!

Prayer Missile 18 – October 12

“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37 (NIV)

Other versions say that anything that springs forth beyond this is of the deceiver (TPT). There is so much lying and deception going on. Ask God to grant His people discernment to see through it. Ask God to bind up the lying spirit that is operating in the candidates as well as in the media outlets. Revelation 21:8 says “all liars” (among others) will be thrown into the eternal lake of fire. Why so harsh? God is TRUTH, meaning everything about Him is truthful. Truth is necessary for relationship as well for leading a country. So, pray that God would convict every lying politician to speak truthfully. And to put into office those who are truthful.

Prayer Missile 19 – October 13

“With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Genesis 4:1 (NIV)

From the very beginning it was acknowledged that God is involved in a baby being born. When an abortion occurs, God’s work is interfered with. Just as it is God’s desire for all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9) but not all are, it’s His desire that every baby is born. But not all are! Pray that God’s will and desire would be done in our nation, at such a time as this, through a righteous government!

Prayer Missile 20 – October 14

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13 (NIV)

Wisdom that is driven from selfish ambition and bitter envy is earthly, unspiritual and even demonic. It produces disorder and every evil practice (v15-16). But wisdom from above is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, good fruit, impartial and sincere (v.17). Ask God to expose earthly wisdom and pour out heavenly wisdom on the candidates. Ask God to release a grace for humility over the candidates, and from that place all the characteristics of God’s wisdom from above to be released in their lives.

Prayer Missile 21 – October 15

“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.” Matthew 2:16 (ESV)

When King Herod learned that the wise men tricked him, he sent his soldiers to kill babies in hope to eliminate Christ. The enemy is still furious and is desiring to kill babies, babies of destiny, who were meant to be world changers. Aborted babies never grow up to surrender their lives to Jesus and accomplish great things for the kingdom of God. Pray that wise men will still fight on behalf unborn children. Pray that the candidates would be more like the wise men than Herod!

Prayer Missile 22 – October 16

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

One of man’s responsibilities from the very beginning was to steward the earth that God had given him. We have not really done a very good job with that responsibility. From individuals littering, to corporations dumping toxins into our rivers and atmosphere, to our government making crazy laws that ultimately harms this planet or stupid laws that really don’t do anything. Ask the Lord to pour out grace on our precious land. Pray that the truth about climate change, and the green deal would be revealed. That every hidden agenda behind it would be exposed and that candidates would truly be gripped with our need to care for God’s creation!

Prayer Missile 23 – October 17

“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel…” Revelation 2:20 (NIV)

So much of our culture tears men down, especially as seen through Hollywood. Even cartoons often display men as stupid and weak willed. Feminism is vile in God’s eyes, and besides emasculating men from being who God desires them to be, it seeks a place that is unbiblical. Pray that God would set the women politicians and candidates free from the deception of feminism. Ask God to open our eyes to this reality and the demonic power behind it. Ask God to raise up Esthers and Deborahs in every sphere of influence, from government, to education, to the arts, to business, etc.

Prayer Missile 24 – October 18

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NIV)

Right now with so much deception and lack of truth, ask God to expose and bring into light (Ephesians 5:11-14)…

… what is truth and what is not true that the candidates are espousing…
… every work of the devil to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10)…
… and demolish every stronghold and argument that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Colossians 2:8)…
… every place that deception is operating…
… the ‘rats,’ the traitors and betrayers…
… the anti-Christ spirit and lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2)…
… every form of witchcraft, Jezebel, Ahab…
… the spirit of rebellion…
… the spirit of independence and humanism…
… the ‘bottom dwellers,’ the darkness, and lies…
… the parasites and remove them…
… the fake news, fake narrative and fake history and replace with truth…
… corrupt law enforcement officials (FBI, CIA, NSA, DHS, police, DOJ, sheriff, ICE, etc.). Cry out for God to reform the law enforcement agencies and to dismantle corrupt police unions…
… and bring the liars, murderers, abortionists, law breakers, evil doers, the opposers and the false accusers to account….
… the root and the fruit of the left, of socialism and of Marxism…
… the BLM agenda…
… the Antifa agenda…
… the truth behind ‘anti-racism’ and white privilege…
… the truth behind systemic racism and white guilt…
… the false prophets – i.e. the media…
… every corporation that is suppressing the truth and is working against free speech…
… every place where foreign powers are working against us (i.e. China, Russia, North Korea, Iran)…
… plans for revolution and civil war and dismantle them…
… the infrastructure of evil in our nation!

Amen!

Prayer Missile 25 – October 19

The Lord has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you.” Joshua 23:9 (NIV)

Throughout the centuries of our nation’s existence, God has protected us from many enemies who sought to conquer and/or destroy us. God has been our Rock, who trained our hands for war and our fingers for battle (Psalm 144:1). Ask God to continue to provide a hedge of protection around the U.S. Ask Him to expose all evil schemes against our nation (both inside and out) and guide our leaders in every aspect of foreign policy and national security.

Prayer Missile 26 – October 20

“You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.” Psalm 139:15-16a (NLT)

God is intimately involved in the unborn child. He weaves children together in their mother’s womb. Abortion is an outright offense against what God is working in the hidden place of the womb. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would change the tide of opinion in our nation. Pray that politicians would come under conviction and into agreement with God about the sanctity of the unborn child!

Prayer Missile 27 – October 21

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” Zechariah 7:9-10 (ESV)

Immigration is a very hot topic and is usually misrepresented. Legal immigration is much different from illegal immigration. The US has always been a home for the immigrant.  Pray that God would give us a government who supports the immigrant, those who legally come to the USA to make it their new home. And for illegal immigrants to be treated and processed in a manner that honors the Lord. Ask God to grant even greater wisdom to our leaders as they weed out those who don’t want to assimilate into our culture and/or desire to do us harm! Ask God to bring true peace in our land. Ask God that His righteousness and justice would prevail. Ask God to make America a place that shows kindness to foreigners, while honoring all the citizens who do live here.

Prayer Missile 28 – October 22

“They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into My mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.” Jeremiah 32:35 (ESV)

God is angry about the high places of Baal where our children are being offered up to Molech as sacrifices to demonic powers. Abortion in our nation is a sin that God will hold us accountable for. There is a high-level demonic power behind it. Please repent on behalf of the abomination of child sacrifice in the US. Repent of your own lust or complicity. Ask God for mercy and a bold leadership in our nation to make the necessary changes of the laws and opinions about abortion. Cry out for God to be merciful to our nation.

Prayer Missile 29 – October 23

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30 (NIV)

It is time for repentance to sweep across our nation! At the end of the day (that is after election day), what we need more than the “right party” in office, is God to move powerfully in our nation. We need healing between races, between genders, within marriages and in families. We need revival. We need awakening. We need transformation! Cry out for God to convict EVERYONE in the USA of their sin and of their need to come into a transforming and saving relationship with Jesus Christ. It is truly time for us to repent as a nation.

Prayer Missile 30 – October 24

“Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” Matthew 10:15 (NIV)

Sodom and Gomorrah are known for extreme moral depravity and immorality with no righteous people and were judged because of it! But you have got to wonder how God compares America today with Sodom and Gomorrah of old. Our nation is full of unthinkable perversion, lust which drives pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking. Hollywood has desensitized us. California has just passed laws for adults to have inappropriate relations with a child. Cry for God to have mercy on our land, on the church and our government that has enacted laws that not only permit these things but promote them as well (after all, it’s big business). Pray that God would sensitize His children to the sexual defilement that is so readily accepted as just the norm by the church. Pray that each candidates’ stance on these issues would be exposed and that the church would see and vote accordingly!

Prayer Missile 31 – October 25

“Those trouble makers who have turned the world upside down have come here to our city.” Acts 17:6 (TPT)

Public worship gatherings have been occurring across our nation with repentance, salvation, deliverance and baptisms. In a day where there is much hostility toward the Gospel being preached and worship being offered to Jesus, Sean Feucht and team are stirring things up. Today there is one scheduled in Washington DC. Pray for the thousands who will converge in DC to be filled with the Holy Spirit and for worship to turn our nations capital upside down, with shock waves reverberating across our nation. Also pray for their protection. And that the LIGHT would overwhelm the darkness.

For more about this and to watch it check it out at https://www.facebook.com/sean.feucht

Prayer Missile 32 – October 26

“… Elisha the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king the very words you speak in your bedroom.” 2 Kings 6:12 (NIV)

Attacks upon Israel were being thwarted by prophetic insight into their plans. What they planned to do was being exposed to the King of Israel through Elisha. Ask God to reveal the evil plans being made against our nation, both from the inside and out!

Prayer Missile 33 – October 27

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 (ESV)

The hostility of the world has invaded the church! Sadly, so much of the church is complaining, accusing, cursing and avoiding each other. Yet Jesus said the greatest commandments were to love God with everything we are and to love each other as Christ loves us! Ask God to pour out healing and reconciliation within the church. Jesus said that the world would know Him because of our love for each other. We’ve not done that very well in this season. Confess where you (and your church) have participated in man’s ways instead of God’s. Man’s anger does not accomplish God’s purposes. Ask God to forgive His church for acting and looking like the world. Right now, bless and pray for those who you know don’t see things the same way you do!

Prayer Missile 34 – October 28

“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:2 (NLT) 

During this season of pandemic, we have seen the unimaginable, churches unconstitutionally being closed down by the government. While protestors freely marched without masks, the church in many states has been pressured to close their doors. There are some in the government who seem to prefer the Christian voice to be silenced. Please pray that the candidates’ true stance on Christian freedoms would be seen to all in our nation, especially within the church. Pray that God would put into office leaders who will protect your religious freedoms.

Prayer Missile 35 – October 29

“Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.” Psalm 122:6 (NLT)

The Lord still loves His chosen people, the promised descendants of Abraham and promises to bless those who love them and pray for them. Cry out to God for a government who will stand with and protect Israel.

Prayer Missile 36 – October 30

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

Our battle is spiritual. Ask God to give you (and your church) eyes to see into the unseen realm especially at such a time as this. As we head into Halloween weekend, cry out for God to expose and bind up the dark spiritual forces at work in our nation.

Ask God to nullify through the blood of Jesus all the “sacrifices” going on this weekend. Cry out for the enemy’s plans to be brought into the light.

Prayer Missile 37 – October 31

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” Genesis 2:24 (NLT)

As God had directed, marriage has always been between a man and woman. From the very beginning God planned for a man to marry a woman and the two become one flesh. Then together they were to have children and fill the earth. Today, God’s way has been perverted. Throughout the Bible whenever and wherever, God’s ways are perverted, His judgment was not far behind. Cry out for mercy on our nation for its acceptance, even (especially) within the church, of the unbiblical same sex marriages. Pray that God would reveal where candidates truly stand on this, and that the church would vote according to God’s holy standard not simply by what is acceptable. Remember, God has not changed, He is still holy!

Prayer Missile 38 – November 1

Mankind, He has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (CSB)

Racism is a hideous sin! To see oneself or people as better, superior to others is sin. America was meant to be a nation where people were treated equally and where there was liberty and justice for all! And yet, it has been so subverted in America and in the church. Cry out to the Father to forgive us the sins of injustice in our nation. Cry out for Him to heal our prejudices and help us to truly see one another as He see us. Ask God for His justice to be established in our land. Pray that our leaders would walk in a new depth of humility.

Prayer Missile 39 – November 2

“I pray to God that both you and those here listening to me would one day become the same as I am, except, of course, without these chains.” Acts 26:29 (TPT)

Paul testifying before King Agrippa proclaimed that he desired that everyone in his hearing would surrender to Christ. Ask God to bring conviction of sin and salvation, release awakening and reveal truth amongst the candidates for the White House and across our nation.

Prayer Missile 40 – November 3

On this day, please pray for a fair election. Pray that every legal vote would be counted and every illegal vote would be exposed and cast aside. Ask God to expose the boxes of fraudulent ballots that are waiting to change the outcome. Ask God for an outright, indisputable and undeniable victory for the candidates that He desires in office. Proclaim the Father’s will to be done and His kingdom to be advanced through those who are elected.

The Return

This is a 12 hour gathering in Washington DC, on Saturday, September 26, that is going to be simulcast around our nation. They are expecting tens of thousands to gather on the National Mall for a day of fasting, humility, prayer and repentance. It starts at 9am and concludes at 9pm. Leaders will be sharing and facilitating prayer and repentance throughout the 12 hours.

We will be joining this via simulcast here in Athens. There are several venues lined up. Due to Covid restrictions space is limited and we will be requiring participant to sign up.

We also request that everyone who attends wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Once our first venue, Cornerstone’s Prayer Center (located upstairs at 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605) is nearly filled we will open up registration for the second venue. You’ll need to register as space is limited. To sign up for 1 to 12 hours, please go to …. www.slottr.com/sheets/18254148

Please note, we have no expectation that everyone joins in for the whole thing. Though you definitely may! Seek the Lord as to how much He wants you there. If/once Cornerstone fills up, we will open up another venue, and so on.

You can also sign up and host it in your home with family and friends. For more information on the event itself, and/or to register to host a group in your home please check out https://thereturn.org/.

Prayer Opportunities in September 2020.

“Because the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”
Matthew 24:12 (NIV)

As Jesus was talking with His Disciples about the end times right before His return, He commented on how deception would run wild (Matthew 24:4, 11, 24), persecution would increase (24:9-11) and the love of most we grow cold. It’s a pretty apt picture of today. The Apostle Paul wrote about the end times as being terrible, characterized by people who among other things, are “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, … without love, not lovers of good, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God …” (2 Timothy 3:1-4). In another place, Jesus speaking to the church in Ephesus, who by the way looked good on the outside (hard working, lots of good deeds, endured hardship in His name, rejecting false apostles and in the midst of it all had not grown weary), rebuked them for forsaking their first love (Revelation 2:2-5)

One thing is for sure, in these days that we live in, where truth is hard to find, and wickedness is indeed running rampant, we must not neglect fueling our passionate love for Jesus. Please be intentional in nurturing your secret place with Him. Repent if necessary, and come back to where you were with Him. It will not happen by accident. And if you’re not careful you may look good on the outside, yet be carrying a cold love on the inside. Please pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit to ignite a renewed passion for Jesus, His word and for others! Pray that for yourself, your church and across our city.

Now here are some exciting ways to pray with and for others this month….

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, September 3 / 9 to 10a
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605

On the first Thursday of the September (keeping to our rhythm) Student Pastors from around Athens will continue to meet up and pray. This month we will be doing it in person at Living Hope. (We are asked that while on the Living Hope campus to wear mask, and keep a Covid proper distance. We will also be meeting in a large room with the chairs appropriately spaced)!!! For you non-student pastors, please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hungry in the students across our city! Ask God to pour out grace, wisdom and creativity upon all those who minister to the young people of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Cry out to God that He would protect each of these Students Pastors, their families, their teams (whether staff or volunteers). Please pray that every student in our city would be drawn to God in this unprecedented moment in history and that they would become the catalyst for revival in our city and beyond. Pray that in spite of the increased wickedness, that student pastors and their students love for each other and Jesus would grow even hotter!

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

Back to the first Saturday of the we meet at The Arch and go from there. With students back on campus (though many will be away for Labor Day weekend), we will be pounding the pavement crying out for a great move of God at UGA. Please join us if you can! And of course, we ask that everyone observe the social distance guidelines.

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

This month the senior pastors will once again be meeting in person to pray for and with each other! If you’re able, please join us from wherever you are to pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them divine wisdom from above, extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness as they lead their congregations through this challenging, unprecedented season. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community. Pray that God would guard and even deepen the unity among pastors in our city. In the midst of all the 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. Ask God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city, during such a time as this! And pray that even in the midst of increased wickedness, that pastors love for people and Jesus would grow even hotter!

UGA Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursday, September 10 & 24 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley (Bob’s office) – 1196 S Lumpkin St., Athens

Those who lead campus or college ministries are invited to join us every other Thursday Our focus is praying for each other and for God to move powerfully across the college campus.

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, September 14 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
 
We will be gathering, in person, as the Athens Intercessors Community in the APN Prayer Center. We will catch up with what God has been saying to us and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into the Fall. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, September 16 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605

The Groups Pastors in Athens will continue to meet in person this month. People are longing for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. This is the new norm for now. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even 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 well in these new formats and that their love would not grow cold. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this season, as well as for when we come out of our period of social distancing. 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. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, September 17 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Dr., Athens 30606
 
Those who “run” churches in Athens will be coming together in person again to share and pray with and for one another. Pray for these hidden heroes who make huge decisions in an arena they have never walked in before. 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 very a crucial ministry at such an important time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Ask God to ignite their love for Jesus, more than ever before! Pray that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges into this next season.

Awaken the Dawn
Friday, September 18 through Saturday, September 19 / 7pm to 7pm
Cali N Tito’s – 1427 S. Lumpkin St., Athens 30605

Come join in worship, scripture reading and prayer for our nation at any time during this 24 hour period. We are still looking for more folks to sign up to lead TWO HOUR slots – worship, prayer and / or reading the Word. If you are interested please contact Britt (706-380-9068) or Pat (706-621-2778). For more info on the Awaken the Dawn movement check out https://awakenthedawn.com/

Pastors Racial Unity
Thursday, September 24 / 10am to noon
Christian Life Worship Center – 125 Kathwood Drive, Athens 30607

These are racially tense days, and our pastors will continue to meet up to pray and discuss how we can walk this out in ways that honor each other and pleases God. Please continue to pray for the relationships between the black and white pastors in our city as we choose to walk by a different beat than the world. Pray that our love for each other would grow deeper and not cold in these tense times.

The Return
Saturday, September 26 / 9am to 9pm
Multiple Venues

This is the national and global day of repentance. While tens of thousands of Christ followers are expected to gather at the National Mall in Washington DC, we will be joining via simulcast in Athens. For more information and/or to sign up for a slot here in Athens please go to… https://www.slottr.com/sheets/18254148. For more information on the event itself please check out https://thereturn.org/.

RETURNING SOON…

Campus Prayer
Mondays / 12:15 to 1:15pm
UGA Tate Center
Expected starting date September 14

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 8am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:55am 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 morning at 8am Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond. They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these prayer focuses each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a simply amazing way to start your day and to stand in unified, and focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!

FOR MORE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking out daily to help stay connected with what God is doing in our city, especially in such a time as this!
 
Bless you heaps!!!
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in August 2020.

“… let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

I sense the Lord is saying to us today, “stay in your own lane!” Have you ever driven one of those cars that have warnings that beep and flash when you cross out of your lane? They can be quite irritating at first. In some of them the steering actually pulls you back into your lane. It is so much like the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants us to stay focused and not be so involved in many things that we don’t do our best in the one thing He called us to. Each of us are called, appointed, and assigned to walk with God in our unique way. We have different gifts, talents, and callings. But today there is so much distraction that people are slipping into other people’s lanes, leaving their lane obstructed and not filled completely. It is important, actually, it is absolutely vital that we all stay wholeheartedly focused on what God has laid before us. It truly is one of those “for such a time as this” seasons! What we do in THIS season matters for eternity! This is a season of divine promotion, where God is raising up His body to new levels of authority, revelation and responsibility. What is that unique thing that God has assigned you to fulfill? With promotions we often need to lay aside what we were doing in the previous season. Don’t water your promotion down with lesser things (that is things you are not to be focusing on, like last year’s assignment or someone else’s responsibility). If you don’t know what it is that God has for you, it would be good to seek Him, as well as inviting others to join you in praying about it.

Now here are some vital ways to pray with and for others this month….

Back to School Prayer Vigil
Friday-Saturday, July 31-August 1 / 6pm to 6pm
UGA Wesley Foundation (Prayer Chapel) – 1196 S Lumpkin Street, Athens 30605

As many of our kids are getting ready to go back to a physical classroom (Oconee) for the first time since mid-March, others are still stuck at home with their virtual classroom (Athens). This is an important time for them which makes our BTS Prayer Vigil even more vital!!! Please check to see when and if your church has signed up and then join them onsite. If your church didn’t get a slot, you can still pray from wherever you are by grabbing the prayer guide at https://athensprayernetwork.com/back-to-school-prayer-guide/

BTW, thanks to road work going on along Lumpkin, if you are able to come to the BTS Vigil please park at the UGA Presbyterian Student Center (1250 S Lumpkin St., Athens). It’s just a short walk from Wesley. And be sure to bring your face mask and observe social distancing protocol.

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, August 6 / 9 to 10am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605

The Student Pastors will continue to meet on the first Thursday of the month. In August we will be doing it in person at Cornerstone!!! Student Pastors across Athens must continue to be very creative as churches are reopening and students begin to trickle back! Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would draw students back in, even more hungry than before! Continue to be praying for all those who minister to the young people of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Ask God to prepare them for this season as school starts up. Pray that God would protect these Students Pastors, their teams and grant them creativity and wisdom as they connect with their students and stir them toward Jesus and wholehearted missional lives! Please pray for every student in our city, that this unprecedented moment in history would be the catalyst for revival in them, in our city and specifically among our Middle and High School students and campuses.

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, August 8 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Usually this is on the first Saturday of the month, but in August we are having it on the second because of the BTS Prayer Vigil over the first weekend. We meet at The Arch and go from there. With students arriving back on campus, and classes starting up soon this will be a very important time to be praying, and specifically prayer-walking on campus. We are crying out for a great move of God at UGA. Please join us if you can! And of course, we ask that everyone observe the social distance guidelines.

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, August 10 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
 
We will be gathering, in person, as the Athens Intercessors Community in the APN Prayer Center. We will debrief all the recent prayer/intercession activities, share what God has been saying to us and get a sense of where we are heading as we press through the summer. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, August 12 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605

This month the senior pastors will be meeting in person to pray for and with each other! Please use this opportunity to pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them extraordinary wisdom from above, divine creativity and Holy Spirit boldness as they lead their congregations through this exciting yet challenging new season. Pray that God would empower them to lead well, and for your church to be an instrument of life and help to the community. Ask God to guard and even deepen the unity He has been establishing over the past 10 years among pastors in our city. In the midst of all the 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 ask God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city, during such a time as this!

UGA Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursday, August 13 & 27 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley (Bob’s office) – 1196 S Lumpkin St., Athens

Those who lead campus or college ministries are invited to join this every other Thursday prayer gathering. Our focus is praying for each other and for God to move powerfully across the college campus.

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, August 19 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 N Milledge Avenue, Athens 30601

The Groups Pastors in Athens will be meeting in person this month. People are longing for authentic community and groups provide it! There are both virtual and in person groups operating in our city. This is the new norm. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even more new and effective ways to stay connected and to connect new people. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity. Pray that God would prepare them for the days ahead. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead well in these new formats. Ask God to give each of these leaders a grace to rise up for the occasion. Pray for people in the groups to be willing to dive into the new formats as well as re-engage around in person groups, to share their lives and be open to grow. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new season as we come out of our period of social distancing. And 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 Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, August 20 / 9 to 10am
Beech Haven Baptist – 2390 W Broad, Athens 30606
 
This month leaders who “run” churches in Athens will be coming together in person to share and pray with and for one another at Beech Haven Baptist Church. These leaders are hidden heroes who make huge decisions in an arena they have never walked in before. 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 very a crucial ministry at such an important time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church truly emerges in this new season.

RETURNING SOON…

Campus Prayer
Mondays / 12:15 to 1:15pm
UGA Tate Center
Starting date still TBD

ONGOING AND INSPIRATIONAL…

Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 8am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:55am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (reference # for replay is 23).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area
 
Every morning at 8am Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond. They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these prayer focuses each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a simply amazing way to start your day and to stand in unified, and focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!

FOR MORE AND UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking out daily to help stay connected with what God is doing in our city, especially in such a time as this!
 
Bless you heaps!!!
Steve

Back To School Prayer Vigil

Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1 / 6pm to 6pm
UGA Wesley Prayer Chapel

BTS VIGIL SCHEDULE

Time  …   Churches/Groups/Schools
6 to 7pm … The Awakening (Travis Gay)
7 to 8pm … Faith Presbyterian (Steven Brooks)
8 to 9pm … Prince Avenue Baptist Church (Joe Campbell)
9 to 10pm … OPEN
10 to 11pm … Grace Fellowship (Dave Ham)
11 to 12am … Grace Fellowship (Dave Ham)
12 to 1am … BCM (Jerry Johnson)
1 to 2am … Wesley (Dustin Sosebee)
2 to 3am … Wesley (Dustin Sosebee)
3 to 4am … RUF (Ben Coppedge)
4 to 5am … FRVR FREE (Adam Kersh)
5 to 6am … ACM (Marcia Wilbur)
6 to 7am … Phoenix Community (Nate Platto & Steven Link)
8 to 9am … Grace Athens (Jay Buskirk)
9 to 10am … ReCreation Church (Bryan & Shannon Horne)
10 to 11am … Westminster Christian Academy (Sharla Eley)
11 to 12pm … Classic City Church (Elizabeth Rogers)
12 to 1pm … Nations Church (Sharla Eley)
1 to 2pm … Cornerstone (Robert Sheppard)
2 to 3 pm … Athens Church (Josh Bayne)
3 to 4pm … Calvary Bible (Aaron Cavin)
4 to 5pm … Beech Haven Baptist (John Walker)
5 to 6pm … Athens Prayer Network (Kendall Crawford)

BTS VIGIL PRAYER GUIDE

Thank you for participating the Athens Back to School Prayer Vigil. This is a very different year for every person involved in school, but though we live in question and confusion, we serve a God who “is not a God of confusion but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33) Our God is sure, Faithful, and True (Revelation 19:11). He stands with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm to deliver His people, and we meet together this weekend to ask His arm to stretch out over our students bringing salvation, sanctification and revival.

Please use this guide as a guide! It is meant to be a launching pad to pray for the students whom God has put on your heart. Pray as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:26-27) and realize that He takes your little and makes much of it! At the end of this guide there are scriptures and promises you can pray over your students as well as over their campuses. Feel free to pray for other students, campuses and faculty across Athens. We are crying out for a movement of God in all the schools in our city.

Don’t feel like you have to pray for every aged student. If you have elementary students, you have a greater identification for them. You probably know the teachers and key leaders, and you probably know the specific things that need to shift and breakthrough on that campus. Pray as specifically as you can- every prayer is a declaration of humility (we need God) and faith (He meets our need). Believe big, because your prayers (and all that will ascend to the Throne of Grace this weekend) WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE! God wants us to ask!

As you pray, please include home schools and special needs students and their teachers. They are often forgotten, but these teachers need extra grace to carry their load and these kids at home. And special children need a grace to learn and to experience God’s love.

Please note, any time we endeavor to make a list we will most likely will leave out something or get a detail incorrectly. We apologize up front for that. Nevertheless, we have presented here what we think is accurate (i.e. schools and people associated with them). Also, there is a limit to how far out we can go in the greater Athens area. So, if your school is not in Athens, it may not be on the list. Sorry. But having said that, please pray for them as if they are on a list.

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.

Where do we start?

The needs are great, but our God is greater! Worship is a powerful weapon- in the face of need and darkness, we declare who God is and bring all things into eternal perspective when we worship Him. Use these scriptures and declarations to help turn your attention to God before we bring before Him our needs and desires.

Hebrews 12:27-29
The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Exodus 15:11
Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

Deuteronomy 33:29
Blessed are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights.

Psalm 35:10
My whole being exclaims, “Who is like You, O Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

“My Father will not abandon me. He will never, no never, leave me nor forsake me.” (Heb 13:5, Deu 4:31, 31:6, 8; Jos 1:5, 1 Sam 12:22) [1]

“My Father gives peace and doesn’t want me to be anxious or worried about anything.” (1 For 14:33, Gal 5:22, Phil 4:7, Col 3:15, 2 These 3:16) [2]

For every campus in each age group, ask God to raise up witnesses for Jesus who like Him will grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Ask God to give generously: insight for people and situations; wisdom to know when to speak, listen, hold back or walk away; grace and honor in communication; and protection as they are children of the Light in dark places.

In response to COVID-19, administrative staff have planned a very different school year to keep students safe and learning. These protocols are different in the many systems (public by county, private, charter, Montessori etc.) and more families are choosing distance learning or homeschooling than in prior years.

For administrators making decisions:

Ask for wisdom that aligns with God’s will and conviction to stand firm in the face of adversity or accusation.

Ask God to meet every faculty member and administrator in areas of personal need- to use these hard times to build character and grow a dependence on God.

Colossians 1:9-10
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

For those adjusting to learning from home:

Ask God to pour out grace upon grace for parents teaching, students teaching themselves, relationships within the family and curriculum/content comprehension. (Luke 2:40)

Ask specifically for protection as students become increasingly active online- ask God to expose darkness and any area the devil prowls around seeking someone to devour. Pray that the devils seeking will come up empty as God’s protection covers every student. (1 Peter 5:8)

For those going to school:

Ask for safety from the virus, from bullying, and from conformity to this world.

Ask that students will be sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and stand confident in His strength instead of their own especially in areas of deception, acceptance, identity, and behavior.

Ask God to raise up witnesses for Him who use their voices to proclaim the Gospel, protect the vulnerable, and prosecute sin living with purity.

Unfortunately, many students in ACC have suffered trauma without school- hunger, abuse (verbal, sexual or physical), neglect, responsibility beyond their capacity, death or sickness of loved ones, hopelessness. Take some time to pray for these students, that as the school year starts, ask God to protect, comfort, heal, restore, and redeem them. Pray they would allow God access to their heart and lives. Ask God to reveal Himself as Immanuel, “God with Us” in a personal way to each of these students.

I – Elementary

Here are some areas that elementary children need prayer…

Pray that they would know they are beautiful children of God and were created with a purpose. Ask God to grant each one a sense of identity in who He made them to be.

Pray that they would make wise choices. Ask God to make loud the voices who will lift them up and speak life instead of tear them down or lead them astray.

Pray that they would show grace and kindness to others.

Pray students would see Jesus in believing students and teachers and ask questions that lead to salvation for themselves and their households.

Pray that kids would remain strong in tough times. That though they are young, they would be strong in the Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill them and lead them.

Pray that they would choose to help others in need, instead of ignoring or being a part of the problem. Ask God to expose bullies and release deep healing and a desire to build up each other instead of tearing down.

Pray that they would walk in truth and love. That they would learn to speak the truth at all times, but with love.

Pray that they would stand up for what they believe in even when others won’t. That they would be strong and courageous, instead of fearful and timid.

Pray that they would ask for help when they are feeling pressured. That they would seek to please God and not their friends.

Elementary Schools in Athens (principal/headmaster/head of school)

Alps Road Elementary School (Audra Olukoya)
Athens Academy (John Thorsen, Mark Cunningham- Dir of Lower School)
Athens Christian School (Steve Cummings)
Athens Montessori School (Andrew Kim)
Barnett Shoals Elementary School (Aliceson Nobles)
Barrow Elementary School (Dr. Ellen Sabatini)
Chase Street Elementary School (Laura Kraus)
Colham Ferry Elementary School (Tony McCullers)
Cleveland Road Elementary (Lindsey Chatham)
Dove Elementary School (Susan Stancil)
Fowler Drive Elementary (Selecia Hardy)
Gaines Elementary School (Luther McDaniel)
High Shoals Elementary School (Jennifer Whitaker)
J.J. Harris Elementary (Dr. Beverly Harper)
Howard B Stroud Elementary School (Dr. Stacie Carson)
Malcom Bridge Elementary School (Jennifer Haygood)
Oconee County Primary School (Katherine Brown)
Oconee County Elementary School (Ashley Templeton)
Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School (Dr. Bipul K. Singh)
Prince Ave Christian School (Col Seth Hathaway)
Rocky Branch Elementary School (Laura Mason)
Rutland Academy – school for special needs students (Celeste Ngeve, Director, LaToya Tillman, Therapeutic Support Coach)
South Jackson Elementary (Allyson Pennington)
St Joseph Catholic School – Prek thru Middle School (Theresa Napoli)
Timothy Road Elementary School (Kena Worthy)
Waseca Learning Environment
Westminster Christian Academy (Jared Clark)
Whit Davis Elementary (Daniel McGuire)
Whitehead Road Elementary School (April Braswell)
Various Home Schools

Elementary Schools in the Greater Athens area…

Hull Sanford Elementary
Ila Elementary – Madison County
Oglethorpe County Primary School (Pam Shields)
Oglethorpe County Elementary School (Katie Baldwin)
Winterville Elementary (Donna Elder)

II – Middle School and High School

Here are some areas that Middle School and High School students need prayer…

Pray that students would make wise selections of friends- that every friend group would include a Christ follower who longs to influence friends for Christ, and that a movement for Christ would start.

Pray that believing students would break through with other students, that many would choose to follow Jesus rather than the world, and that God would be glorified and for the Spirit to move on each campus.

Pray for FCA and Young Life as they press into these campuses. Pray that God would give them favor with the students, and for a rich harvest of disciples being plugged into Athens churches.

Pray for the football teams (the coaches and players), that God would use what the culture has deemed influential to open doors for the fear of the Lord and humility that invites the influence of God.

Please pray for favor with the school administrations and teachers, specifically at Malcom Bridge and North Oconee. There seems to be a common attitude in those schools that they don’t want the church involved. Ask for a softening of hearts and healing of any wounds that have led to rejection or independence.

Middle Schools and High Schools in Athens

Pray for the principals, coaches and influential adults (listed below) on the various campuses…

Athens Academy (John Thorsen, Jeff Stachura- Dir of Middle School, Susan Zalac- Dir of Upper School, Josh Alexander – head football coach)
Athens Christian School (Steve Cummings, Aaron Gibbs – spiritual life director)
Athens Montessori School (Andrew Kim)
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School (Dr. Makeba Clark)
Athens Community Career Academy (Anita Lumpkin-Barnett)
Cedar Shoals High School (Antonio Derricotte)
Clarke Middle School (Christopher Pendley)
Clarke Central High School (Dr. Swade Huff, David Perno – head football coach, Jon Ward – Athletic Director, Aaron Cavin – FCA leader)
Classic City High School (Katrina Daniel)
Coile Middle School (Dr. Beverly Ford)
Foothills Charter High School (Individual Site Directors throughout North/Middle Ga)
Hilsman Middle School (Capucina Douglass)
Malcom Bridge Middle School (Michael Eddy)
Master’s Academy
Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School (Paul Gessner)
North Oconee High School (Phillip Brown, Coach Aurandt – head football coach)
Oconee County Middle School (Keith Carter)
Oconee County High School (Kevin Yancey, Coach Nolan – head football coach)
Prince Ave Christian School (Seth Hathaway, Coach Vandegriff – football coach)
Rutland Academy – school for special needs students (Celeste Ngeve, Director, LaToya Tillman, Therapeutic Support Coach)
St Joseph Catholic School – Middle School (Theresa Napoli)
Westminster Christian Academy (Jared Clark)
Various Home Schools

Middle & High Schools in Greater Athens area…

East Jackson County High School
Jackson County High School
Jackson County Middle
Madison County High School
Madison County Middle
Oglethorpe County Middle School (Mack Baldwin)
Oglethorpe County High School (Susie Johnson)
Winder Barrow High School

III – College

Here are some areas that college students need prayer…

Pray that every school (including the various ones at UGA) would have a bold, spirit filled witness among the students and faculty members who would speak out the Word and will of God with grace (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

Ask God to grant wisdom to every student and direct his/her steps. Pray none would be lured into death by college traditions, comparison, isolation, fear or “finding themselves.”

Pray for the 5,515 incoming freshmen to get involved in ministries and local churches quickly. Pray that this freshmen class would include men and women whom the Lord will raise up to be strong leaders on campus and collegiate ministries, and maybe even leaders of church youth ministries/groups.

Pray for the many transfer students. Many come to college as older students and live off campus. By that time, most friend groups are already cemented, so these students have a hard time finding relationships or a place to belong. Ask God to connect each one to a believer, a campus ministry and a local church. Ask God to specifically call each by name and destroy any assignment of isolation Satan may try to use to confuse or keep him/her away from the abundant life Christ bought.

Pray for the international students. Even in the face of racial tension and political turmoil, there is an incredible opportunity for international students to encounter Jesus in a nation of religious freedom. Pray for divine connections with these students that lead to relationships centered around Jesus Christ. Pray also for those students who will be returning to their home nations – that the fire of God would be within them as they go with more than just an education! Pray for the ministries that specifically focus on international students asking God to break any barriers to relationship and build connections of security and confidence around Jesus.

Ask God to bring revival across the UGA campus, UNG, Athens Tech, Piedmont, and Athens as a whole AND that we’d see more people come to Christ this year than we ever have before!

Ask God to provide for each ministry and missionary in our city- even in economic turmoil, God’s resources are unlimited. Ask that every campus ministry and church would have the funding they need to fulfill God’s call to make disciples this year.

Pray that the Lord would fill the hearts of all believers in Athens, on all of the campuses, etc. with a burning desire to reach the lost and help disciple growing Christians. That all believers would yearn to be laborers for Jesus!

Pray for peace, order and heavenly wisdom within the administration of UGA. Pray for the President of UGA, Dr. Morehead, and the Deans. They are consistently bombarded with issues that plague our campus. Many of these have spiritual implications and affect the Gospel witness on our campus. Ask God to bring wise counsel to them and silence the counsel that would block or hinder the kingdom from advancing on campus. Ask God to give them boldness to do what is right and moral, not just what seems right to man!

Pray for the campus ministries (Wesley, Cru, Team United, InterVarsity, Navigators, RUF, BCM, and others) including the various works being done in the Greek houses. Pray for the various chaplains who work with the athletic teams.

Ask God to speak clearly and open heaven above each student as they seek spiritual mentorship and discipleship for Jesus. Pray that this would be a year of fruitful ministry where many are saved and choose to live in greater holiness than ever before.

Pray for the local churches in Athens that have a college ministry. For wisdom, favor, boldness, focus, and fruitfulness.

Pray for greater unity on campus, specifically with campus ministries and local churches. Pray for outreach ministries such as The Great Exchange, that God would give them favor as they witness to students! Pray for Campus Prayer that provides a context for UGA students and others to come together on campus from various campus ministries and local Athens churches to pray for and with each other for the campus. Pray for BCF (Bethel Campus Fellowship) and other student organizations as they reach out at UGA. Ask God to draw students into and bless any group that makes Jesus known and calls students to repentance in Jesus’s name.

Colleges in Athens

Athens College of Ministry
Athens Technical College
Piedmont College
University of North Georgia
UGA (various schools and colleges at UGA are listed below)

  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environment and design
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Odum School of Ecology
  • School of Law
  • School of Public and International Affairs
  • School of Social Work
  • Terry College of Business
  • Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Scriptural promises to pray over students, campuses and influential leaders on the campuses

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Isaiah 64:1 (NLT)
Oh, that You would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in Your presence!

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

Matthew 6:9-10 (NLT)
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy.
May Your Kingdom come soon! May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

John 10:10 (ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Psalm 119:9 (NIV)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Galatians 5:19-23 (NLT)
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Ephesians 1:16-18 (NLT)
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.  I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.

2 Thessalonians 2:13b-17 (NASB)
God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.


[1] Declaration taken from Prayer Portions by Sylvia Gunter

[2] Declaration taken from Prayer Portions by Sylvia Gunter

Prayer Opportunities in July 2020.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation of everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16 (NIV)

We are living in a season where it seems everyone is so easily offended. As a result, much of the church has grown afraid to speak up. Jeremiah called us to be influencers and not to be influenced by the world (15:19). Paul told of the being transformed instead of conformed to the world (Romans 12:2). I believe God is calling His church to preach the gospel of Jesus with more clarity. We are not to be ashamed of the cross, but to preach it (1 Corinthians 1:18). God is calling His kids to stand out. The Church is meant to be different, to look different from the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Our message is what the world needs. It is the solution, but the enemy has silenced us out of fear of offending someone. Jesus told us that we would be hated by the world because He was hated by it (Matthew 10:22). The gospel has been sugarcoated. Grace has been cheapened. Please pray for your pastor and church, for God to set them apart unto Him! Pray for the gospel to be preached and lived out so the world would see. St Francis of Assisi wrote, “Preach the gospel always and when necessary use words!” May your life preach the cross of Christ and His gospel!!! ALWAYS!  

Here are some options to pray with and/or for others this month….  

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, July 2 / 9 to 10am
Watkinsville First Baptist Church (in the student center) – 1610 Simonton Bridge Road, Watkinsville 30677   The Student Pastors will continue to meet on the first Thursday of the month. In July we will be doing it in person!!! Student Pastors across Athens must continue to be very creative as churches start to open up and students begin to trickle back! Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would draw students back in, even more hungry than before! Be praying for all those who minister to the youth of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Pray that God would prepare them for this season as school is just about ready to start (hopefully). Pray that God would protect these Students Pastors, their teams and grant them creativity and wisdom as they reconnect with their students and stir them toward Jesus and missional lives! Pray for all the students in our city as well, that this unprecedented moment in history would be the catalyst for revival in them, in our city and specifically among our Middle and High School students and campuses.  

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, July 4 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street  

We will be back on the ground pounding the pavement in prayer the first Saturday of the month. We meet at The Arch and go from there. These are such important times to be praying, and specifically prayer-walking. Please join us if you can! And of course, we ask that everyone observe the social distance guidelines.  

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, July 8 / 9 to 10am
St James UMC (in the sanctuary) – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens 30606

This month the pastors will be meeting in person to pray for and with each other! Please use this opportunity to pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them extraordinary wisdom, creativity and boldness as they lead their congregations through this exciting yet challenging new season of reopening. Pray that God would empower them to lead well, and for your church to be an instrument of life and help to the community. Ask God to guard and even deepen the unity He has been establishing over the past 10 years among pastors in our city. In the midst of all the weight that is currently on them, ask God to abundantly bless, refresh, encourage, protect and provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these lead shepherds across Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay connected to God and run strongly throughout this battle. Ask God to use our pastors as a powerful voice in our city!  

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, July 13 / 7 to 9pm
Via Zoom
 
We will be gathering once again, in person, as the Athens Intercessors Community in the APN Prayer Center. We will debrief all the recent prayer/intercession activity, share what God has been saying to us and get a sense of where we are heading as we press through the summer. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!  

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, July 15 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Classic City Church (Ministry Center) – 386 N Milledge Avenue, Athens 30601  

The Groups Pastors from around Athens will be meeting in person once again this month. Across Athens, people are longing for authentic community! Some groups are meeting again, others continue via Zoom. This is the new norm. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in Athens to create even more new and effective ways to stay connected. Please pray for those who lead the groups ministries in our city. They need wisdom and creativity. Pray that God would prepare them for the days ahead. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead well in these new formats. May God give each of these leaders a grace to rise up for the occasion. Pray for people in the groups to be willing to dive into the new formats as well as re-engage around in person groups, to share their lives and be open to grow. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new season as we come out of our period of social distancing. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. Ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, July 23 / 9 to 10am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Road, Bogart 30622
 
This month the leaders who “run” churches across Athens will be coming together in person to share and pray with and for one another. These leaders are huge making decisions in an arena they have never walked in before. 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 and faith. This is very a crucial ministry at such an important time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges in this season.  

Prayer for the Middle East & Israel
Friday, July 24 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Our monthly M.E./Israel prayer meeting will be back onsite, in person! Come ready to join with others who have a heart for the Middle East. There are usually reports shared about what’s happening on the ground in the Middle East which leads to some very laser focused praying. If you can’t join us in person, please invest some time during the day to pray for Israel and the Middle East!  

Athens Pastors Racial Unity Prayer
Thursday, July 30 / 10am to noon
The Light – 174 Henderson Extension, Athens 30605  

The pastors across Athens will be gathering to discuss our response to the racial tension that our nation/state/city is walking through right now. Please join us in praying about what God would have us to do as an expression of the unity of the Body of Christ in Athens!
 
Back to School Prayer Vigil
Friday-Saturday, July 31-August 1 / 6pm to 6pm
UGA Wesley Foundation (Prayer Chapel) – 1196S Lumpkin Street, Athens 30605  

This has been a crazy, ‘we’ve never been this way’ sort of season. Which makes our annual Back to School Prayer Vigil even more important than ever! Having said that, it will not be quite as usual! Each church, ministry or school is allowed one ONE HOUR slot. At this point, each team that signs up for their slot will be the only ones allowed to come during that hour (except for the prayer assistants who will be running the prayer room). In other words, each team can control how many people are in the room and adhere to the social distancing protocols. Each team is asked to bring their own pens and highlighters to mark up the prayer posters that will be all around the room. We will be praying for all kids going back to school from K through College. A prayer guide will be available (via Athens Prayer Network website). Once you sign up for your slot, please begin to promote it amongst your praying people and parents who would want to come and pray for their children. We are considering some remote (virtual) options as well. If there are open slots (that is, where no one signs up for them) these will be open for individuals to come and pray. The schedule will be posted on Facebook and the APN website. Grab a slot at https://www.slottr.com/sheets/18252556  

Returning soon…  

Campus Prayer
Mondays / 12:15 to 1:15pm
UGA Tate Center
Starting date still TBD

Ongoing and inspirational…  
Georgia Prayer Line Wednesdays / 8am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#  

Please try to log in at 7:55am 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 morning at 8am Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond. They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these prayer focuses each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a simply amazing way to start your day and to stand in unified, and focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!

For more (and up to date) stuff…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking out daily to help stay connected with what God is doing in our city, especially in such a time as this!
 
Bless you heaps!!!
Steve