Prayer Opportunities in August 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Altar of Fire
Date & venue to be determined

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

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

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

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering

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

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere
 
If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. This will continue till it’s over! Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/. You can also get the written post most days on the APN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281
 
Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area
 
Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every day at 8am (ET). They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s on your phone, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is an amazingly simple and awesome way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city, for our city!

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking daily to help stay connected with what God is doing and to see how other people are praying in our city!
 
Together crying out for God to do awesomely!
Steve

Back to School Prayer Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transition from virtual school

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basics of a new school year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The power of God from Matthew 9-10

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

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

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

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

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

Curriculum changes regarding sexuality, race & justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teacher/administration relationships & culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer Opportunities in July 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

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

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere
 
If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. This will continue till it’s over! Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/. You can also get the written post most days on the APN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281
 
Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area
 
Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every day at 8am (ET). They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s on your phone, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is an amazingly simple and awesome way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city, for our city!

COMING UP…

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

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

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

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking daily to help stay connected with what God is doing and to see how other people are praying in our city!
 
Standing together in prayer for His good!
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in June 2021.

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

Isaiah 48:3 (TPT) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

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

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

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere

If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. This will continue till it’s over! Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/. You can also get the written post most days on the APN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281

Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area

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

COMING UP…

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

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

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking daily to help stay connected with what God is doing and to see how other people are praying in our city!

Preparing for the suddenly!
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in May 2021.

At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me,
like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.”
Isaiah 21:3 (NIV) 

Recently there has been much talk from intercessory people of birthing, travailing and the weariness of the process! I believe we are in a birthing season. It is a time of transition. In those final hours, a mother giving birth will be quite focused. She won’t be out mowing the lawn (ha!), or running a marathon, or making a purchase, or whatever she may normally be doing. Her attention will be on getting that baby out… breathe, push, rest, ouch, breathe, push, rest… then suddenly everything changes as the baby arrives. With the baby a new season has dawned. And that is exactly what’s happening. We are on the verge of a very new season. As a real darkness presses in, the Holy Spirit is hovering, just waiting for the word… and the greatest revival ever will be born! Keep praying. But remember to breathe and rest as well!!!

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

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, May 1 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Each month we converge at The Arch to wander around and cry out to God for a powerful movement here at UGA and in our city. On the ground, in person prayer really does matter! We are pressing into God for revival, even reformation, on this campus, across our city and beyond! These prayer walks are always unique and quite a huge blessing to those who come! Please join us if you’re able!

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, May 6 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

Each month Student Pastors from around Athens meet up to pray together. Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hunger 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. Continue to ask God to protect, nourish and grow every seed that was planted at The Mix!

National Day of Prayer – Courthouse Steps
Thursday, May 6 / Noon to 1pm
Athens Courthouse – 325 E Washington St, Athens, GA 30601

This year we have had to adjust our normal activities on the National Day of Prayer (such is the season). Nevertheless, we will be gathering (informally) at the Athens Courthouse steps to pray together for our city and nation at noon. Please join us if you’re able. But be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to park.

There is a prayer breakfast at the Classic Center, though it is already sold out. Though there are ways to participate in it virtually as a church or group. There are also prayer focuses every hour during the day. For more info on the prayer breakfast and hourly prayer focuses throughout the day go to… https://acmin.org/national-day-of-prayer-2/

Athens Intercessors Community
Tuesday, May 11 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center

Each month intercessors from around 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 this new era. These are always amazing times as the watchmen link together and stand in our positions across our city, in unity! We will be praying into the Altar of Fire! If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, May 12 / 9 to 10am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605

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

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, May 19 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606

Each month those who lead Groups Ministries come together to share and pray with and for each other. Join us in praying for those who lead Groups Ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. Groups are going to play an increasingly important role in discipling 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 era. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, May 20 / 9 to 10am
Beech Haven Baptist – 2390 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606

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

Altar of Fire
Thursday, May 20 / 7 to 9pm
Living Hope (chapel) – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

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

Prayer for the Middle East
Friday, May 21 / Noon to 1pm
Living Hope (house of prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

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

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605

Senior Pastors from around Athens are invited to join in a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. These are amazing and are filled with intensity and a strong sense of God’s presence. The last Thursday of the month (May 27) is open for all pastors and key leadership in churches to join us as well. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit and a passion to see revival released right here in our city!

Give Him 15
Daily
Everywhere

If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. This will continue till it’s over! Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/. You can also get the written post most days on the APN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281

Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area

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

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking daily to help stay connected with what God is doing and to see how other people are praying in our city!

Together pressing into the new season that is upon us…
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in April 2021.

“‘The time promised by God has come at last!’ he announced. 
‘The Kingdom of God is near!
Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!’”

Mark 1:15 (NLT)

The Kingdom of God is here but is not yet! Sound confusing? We are sensing revival, but not like anything we’ve ever experienced before. It’s here, but not yet! God is definitely moving, stirring, awakening and preparing. As we pray this month, please press in with great intensity. This is like the travailing before birth. The baby is coming, and what currently is, won’t be for much longer. The birth process is simply a transition from one phase to another. From the hidden place to the visible world! We will soon see, touch and experience the Kingdom of God like never before! This requires persevering believing prayer, because it is not necessarily what our eyes are seeing right now. Please keep pressing in and don’t give up!
 
Here are some ways you can press in and pray with and for others this month….
  
Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605
 
Senior Pastors from around Athens are invited to join in a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. The last Thursday of the month (April 29) is open for all pastors and key leadership in churches to join us as well. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit and a passion to see revival released right here in our city!
 
Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursdays April 1 & 15 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley Chapel (loft)

Every other Thursday, those who lead Campus / College Ministries come together to pray for each other and for reaching and discipling the thousands of college students in Athens. College students are so hungry for connecting and for truth. Ask God to release a powerful move of the Holy Spirit on every college campus and upon every college aged person in our city.
 
Worship Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, April 7 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Wesley Foundation – 1196 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605

Worship Pastors from around Athens meet up to pray together on the first Wednesday of the month. Please pray as those who lead worship ministries in Athens. Please ask God to increase the depth and anointing of worship in every church in our city. Ask God to take us deeper into His presence. Ask Him for an open heaven over every location where worship is regularly happening in our city.

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, April 8 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606

Each month Student Pastors from around Athens meet up to pray together. Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hunger 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. Continue to ask God to protect, nourish and grow every seed that was planted at The Mix!
 
Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, April 10 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Each month we converge at The Arch to wander around and cry out to God for a powerful movement here at UGA and in our city. On the ground, in person prayer really does matter! We are pressing into God for revival, even reformation, on this campus, across our city and beyond! These prayer walks are always unique and quite a huge blessing to those who come! Please join us if you’re able!

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, April 12 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
 
Each month intercessors from around 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 this new era. We will be praying into the Altar of Fire! If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!
 
Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, April 14 / 9 to 10am
Christian Life Worship Center – 125 Kathwood Drive, Athens, GA 30607

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

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, April 15 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

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

Altar of Fire
Thursday, April 15, 2021 / 7 to 9pm
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad St., Athens
 
In April we will be continuing our monthly, citywide gathering for intercessors and worshippers. This gathering is definitely not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God, with a wholehearted surrender to Jesus. This is an amazing time of worship, high praise, prayer and surrender. If you’re interested in giving it all to Jesus in a corporate setting with others who are desperate for God, this is for you!!! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, April 21 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606

Each month those who lead Groups Ministries come together to share and pray with and for each other. Join us in praying for those who lead Groups Ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. Groups are going to play an increasingly important role in discipling 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 era. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Prayer for Middle East & Israel
Friday, April 30 / 12 to 1pm
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605

This is a great opportunity to stand together in prayer for Israel and the Middle East. If you’re able, please join us in person, or simply take some time to focus intercession for this important part of the earth.

ONGOING & 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/
 
Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

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

MORE & UP TO DATE STUFF…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking daily to help stay connected with what God is doing and to see how other people are praying in our city!
 
Kingdom come, today…
Steve

Prayer Opportunities in March 2021.

“’And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’”  Zechariah 2:5 (NIV)

This past weekend over 1000 students and leaders from student ministries around Athens gathered at Athens Church for The Mix. Though things were quite different this year, thanks to COVID, it was actually an amazingly catalytic event. We had prayer going on ONSITE and OFFSITE. Thank you everyone who participated. I believe one of the primary reasons The Mix was so successful was because of the prayer. One key verse we prayed throughout the time was Zechariah 2:5, crying out for God to be a fire wall on the outside while releasing His glory on the inside. He answered our prayer!!! Please continue to pray as the students return to their youth groups, homes and quasi normal life in this new era!

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

Worship Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, March 3 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, Athens 30606

Worship Pastors from around Athens meet up to pray together on the first Wednesday of each month. Please pray as those wo lead worship ministries in Athens. While you’re at it ask God to increase the depth and anointing of worship in every church in our city. Ask God to teach us deeper into His presence. Ask Him for an open heaven over every location where worship is regularly happening in our city!

Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 / 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. On the last Thursday of the month we open it up for all pastors and key leadership in churches to join us as well. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit and a passion to see revival released right here in our city!

Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursdays March 4 & 18 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley Chapel (loft)

Every other Thursday, those who lead campus / college ministries come together to pray for each other and for reaching and discipling the thousands of college students in Athens. College students are so hungry for connecting and for truth. Ask God to release a powerful move of the Holy Spirit on every college campus and upon every college aged person in our city.

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, March 6 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

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! We are pressing into God for revival on this campus, across our city and beyond! These prayer walks are always unique and quite a blessing to those who join us! Please come if you’re able!

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, March 8 / 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 this new era. We will be praying into the Altar of Fire and The Mix! If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

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

On the second Wednesday of each month Senior pastors from around our city come together to pray for and with each other! Use this as an opportunity to 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. Cry out for the authority of the word of God would increase in each pulpit and for each pastor to know an increase in anointing in their preaching! 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!

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, March 11 / 9 to 10am
Watkinsville First Baptist – 1610 Simonton Bridge Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677

Coming out of The Mix weekend, this month the Student Pastors from around Athens meet up to pray together on the second Thursday (usually we meet on the first Thursday). Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hunger 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. Ask God to protect, nourish and grow every seed that was planted at The Mix!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, March 17 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

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 era. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, March 18 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, 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 this new era.

Altar of Fire
Thursday, March 18, 2021 / 7 to 9pm
St James UMC – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens 30605
 
In March we will be continuing our monthly, citywide gathering for intercessors and worshippers. This gathering is not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God, with a wholehearted surrender to Jesus. This is an amazing time of worship, high praise, prayer and surrender. If you’re interested in giving it all to Jesus in a corporate setting with others who are desperate for God, this is for you!!! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

ONGOING & 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/

Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area
 
Every morning at 8am these Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond. And they are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s each day on your phone, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a simple and awesome 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! We are also now including many of these posts on the APN blog on our website – https://athensprayernetwork.com/blog/#watch.
 
Standing, believing and crying out together in this crucial moment in history…
Steve

Prayer Guide for The Mix 21

February 26-27, 2021
Athens Church

OFFSITE prayer starts Friday at noon and concludes at midnight Saturday. To sign up for a slot go to  https://www.slottr.com/sheets/18259171

ONSITE prayer will be happening in The Mix Prayer Room, located in The Gallery (next to the green space, across the street from Starbucks) at Athens Church. You can come and pray for the students and leaders at The Mix any time the room is open – Friday from 6 to 9pm and Saturday 9am to 9pm.

Thank you for praying for The Mix 2021!

Like everything else this year, The Mix will look different than years past. As you pray, remember God knew this all along and is fully willing and able to move among these students within the many changes. This prayer guide is simply a tool and launching pad to help you engage with God in intercession for students across the Athens area. Use the Scriptures and prompts to assist you in following the Holy Spirit as you pray. God has already been at work preparing the way for students to turn to Him in repentance, surrender and salvation, let’s partner with Him to see each work in each student brought to completion!­

Our primary purpose of The Mix is to provide a relevant and safe context for students across our city to come to a saving and growing relationship with Jesus.

One final note before launching in. The most effective and powerful way to pray is to ask according to the Father’s will and in Jesus name (Matthew 7:7-8, John 16:23-24, 1 John 5:14-15). The way we know His will is by tapping into His word and asking the Holy Spirit teach and help us (John 16:13-14, Romans 8:26). As you pray, let the scriptures be your cry, reminding God of what He has promised. Here lies the secret, praying His promises and the prayers of the Bible are a sure way to increase the effectiveness of your prayer! So, please use the scriptures noted in this guide (and others He may lead you to) and allow the Holy Spirit to take you from there!

Prepare the Way

In 2 Chronicles 5, Solomon had finished the work of building the temple and all the leaders came together before the people of God. They worshipped and “praised the Lord, saying, “For He is good, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever,” then the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not remain standing to minister because of the cloud; for the glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:13-14) Let’s begin by worshipping God for preparing the way practically and spiritually for each student. Spend a few minutes praising God for the work He has already done to bring each student to this moment – aligning schedules, permission from parents, internet connection, friendships, even in brokenness, frustration, doubt, etc. God has been working. Thank God for preparing good works beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). Ask Him to receive our worship and praise and hear our cries as we pray for The Mix, that He would make His glory and brilliance as evident among these students as He did among the Israelites in 2 Chronicles. 

Deuteronomy 3:24 (NASB)
‘Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?

Psalm 77:14 (NASB)
You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.

Throughout this weekend, we need the Holy Spirit to do the work of preparing students to recognize and respond to the move of God. This requires God to prepare the way in practical and spiritual ways. Practically, ask God for every student and leader to be awake, engaged, and undistracted. Ask God to make all the equipment work, internet connections remain strong, and students arrive and depart without confusion or harm. Spiritually ask God to open eyes, soften hearts, ready minds, clearing out wounds and fears to make room for the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:19) Ask God to remove every distraction, obstacle, comparison, self-assessment, idol, crush, or heaviness that would obstruct a student’s path to Jesus. Cry out that every argument, all arrogance, every lie, fear or accusation, everything raised against the knowledge of God would be fully destroyed (2 Corinthians 10:5). Ask Jesus to make Himself known, to bring salvation and redemption so students can build lives of obedience into maturity in Christ.

Isaiah 40:3 (AMP)
A voice of one is calling out, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness [remove the obstacles]; Make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

Proverbs 3:6 (AMP)
In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)
The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Isaiah 57:14-15 (NASB)
And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle from the way of My people.” For this is what the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, says: “I dwell in a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Holy Expectation

With many changes and differences in The Mix this year, there is both temptation to compare it to previous years and invitation to let it be whatever God wants. Let’s ask God to stir in us expectations based on who He is instead of what we want. Where students may face doubt or fear about all that is different, if the good or bad from other years will be repeated, ask God to reveal that He is steady, unchanging and remains the same forever. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8) Where expectations do not align with God’s will or student’s experience, ask God to draw near to individual’s personally to restore hope in Jesus in the midst of disappointment. In areas where students (or leaders) feel or believe God has disappointed them or let them down, cry out for revelation of Jesus to breathe new life into dry bones, bringing to life promises and hope that have been dead or discounted. (Ezekiel 37:10-12) Ask God to instill in every person faith and confidence He is willing and able to redeem, restore and be part of every story and situation (Mark 1:40-41). Ask God to speak in powerful and personal ways to stir hope that He is faithful.

Numbers 23:19 (NASB)
God is not a man, that He would lie, Nor a son of man, that He would change His mind; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Psalm 19:14 (AMP)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 39:7 (NASB)
And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.

Psalm 71:5 (NASB)
For You are my hope; Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth

Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.

Hebrews 10:36-38 (NCV)
You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised. For in a very short time, “The One who is coming will come and will not be delayed. Those who are right with me will live by faith. But if they turn back with fear, I will not be pleased with them.”

Exponential Engagement

With 16 churches, there are many different ways of doing things. Let’s ask God to bridge every gap and reset every breakdown in communication. Ask God to bring every small group leader onto the same page with the Spirit, the speakers and the worship team. Ask God to fill every student pastor with humility, peace and confidence as they lead their students into new experiences with God. Ask God to encounter each pastor and do eternal work in their hearts that will overflow into weekly teaching, leader training and even hiring decisions. Ask God to speak new life into each leader, that they too would be refreshed by God’s spirit as they encounter Him in the worship, teaching and discussion. Pray for students to engage fully with God’s Word this weekend, connecting the dots between who they have heard God to be and how they have personally experienced Him. Pray that across churches and throughout groups, students, leaders and staff would champion one another toward Jesus without competition or comparison. Ask God to build connection between churches and across groups that would reflect the power and blessing of a united church.

Psalm 133:1&3 (NIV)
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! … For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.

Matthew 16:18 (NLT)
Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build My church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

Even more than previous years, the online options and traveling plans of many churches mean parents are more fully involved. Take some time to ask God to encounter parents and bring them into more personal and intimate relationship with Jesus. Ask God to bring each parent-child relationship to new levels of effort, grace, trust and discipleship on both sides. Cry out in agreement with parents who have been praying for their child’s salvation, health, or decisions and children who have been desperately asking God to save, heal, or bring parents’ home. Ask God to grant endurance to those who are growing weary waiting for a move of God. Ask God to reveal and speak Truth into every heart that He is faithful every time.

Malachi 4:5-6 (ESV)
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.

Luke 15:17-20 (NLT)
When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

Hebrews 10:35-37 (NASB)
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.

Offering an online option for the first time this year means more students can be involved, and there is new territory in which we need to pray! Ask God to prove Himself sovereign over all creation including weather, power and internet connections. Ask God to calm any storm- that there would be no loss of power, no damage to equipment or signals, nothing to keep His Word from going forth and accomplishing His will. Ask God to protect students who will be viewing from home- declare that every student will be safe from interruptions, hackers, viruses, or lies they weren’t part of what God is doing. Ask God to intervene in every family in which a student is trying to watch the Mix, that sibling rivalries, data overages, conflicts/fighting over computer/tv time, etc. would bow to the authority of God’s word and the glory of His presence even over distances. Ask God very practically to keep every student, leader, parent and volunteer healthy and safe throughout the weekend. Declare every taunt or threat or lie of satan and every hidden thing is destroyed as God’s Truth is spoken over these students all weekend long (2 Corinthians 4:1-6).

Isaiah 55:11 (NASB)
So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 66:1-2 (NASB)
This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is My throne and the earth is the footstool for My feet. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, so all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But I will look to this one, at one who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Services/Schedule

Use this schedule to pray for students in the actual “live” sessions, as they worship, hear the messages and respond to the Gospel.

  • Friday: 7:00pm – 8:45pm
  • Saturday (@ Home Church): 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Saturday: 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Sunday: Church at Home Church

Doors will open 30 minutes before each service. Pray that God would stir each student with expectation and wonder as they wait for the service to begin. Pray that God would seat them right where they need to be, right next to the person He has for them to be around.

This year, we will be having a sessions in two different auditoriums at Athens Church. This will allow us to provide physical distancing as well as program towards specific age groups. Please pray that students would listen, receive and respond to what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing in their lives!  

On Saturday morning, every youth group will get to bring The Mix back to their home church! The Mix is providing a “Church Kit” for each group, that will include a video message, small group questions, games and other activities for their group to spend time together. We have never done this before. Please pray that students would absorb everything that is presented and to engage as if it was in the larger corporate settings.

Saturday afternoon is open for each group to spend it any way that brings their group together. Often groups find ways to serve throughout the city, spend time relaxing with their leaders, or join other groups for fun activities! Please pray that God would use this time together in memorable, fruitful and powerful ways.

Worship as Warfare

FRVR FREE will be leading us in worship again this year, and we want to ask God to tune their ears to hear His voice. Ask God grant each worship leader discernment to know where students are and wisdom to know how to lead them toward the throne of God. Ask God to protect each leader’s families as they lead these students into spiritual battle and victory. Ask God to reveal Himself as Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner to each worship leader, his/her family, and to each student as we wage war in the Spirit to see victory and freedom that endure forever. Ask God to turn every heart toward Him as music engages students minds and bodies- that each one would be able to forget themselves and fix their eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Exodus 17:15-16 (NIV)
Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

2 Chronicles 20:21 (NIV)
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

From The Mix Small Group Curriculum:

If 2020 has revealed anything for our students, it has shown them their futures look uncertain, truth is elusive, identity is fluid, and people are crazy. Yet hasn’t this been the story of people since the beginning? There are always calamities waiting to derail our best-laid plans. There is still someone telling us that what we know to be true might be false. Who we think we are seems to be a moving target that never stops. And well, people might be crazy. In cultural upheaval, students have opportunities to trust in a God who has been faithful to His people throughout all of history. Over and over, people have forgotten what promises He made to them. Yet, when rediscovery happens, revival follows.

We want our students in Athens, GA, to know that “God is a Man of His Word.” He has made them promises. He has a plan to include them in His mission. And He is FAITHFUL. God keeps His promises.

Session 1: God Keeps His Promises

Session 2: The Bible is How We Know His Promises (Video Message)

Session 3: Faithful People Under God’s Promises Change the World

Speakers

As Gerald Fadayomi and D.A. Horton speak, ask God to make His voice and faithfulness known to them in deeper ways, to transform them in such ways they cannot help but declare the reality and nearness of God. Ask God to anoint their lips, that they would speak with the authority of heaven as messengers directly from God speaking words that are spirit and life (John 6:63). Ask God to amplify their testimonies to capture students’ attention and silence satan’s accusation in ways that last. Ask God to make Himself great, and destroy any pride or idolatry that may attempt to steal the glory He alone deserves. Ask each speaker grow in humility and wonder of God as he speaks. Ask God to make clear to each student the simple application and steps to obey Him in each of these truths- God is faithful to keep His promises (1 Thessalonians 5:23), Scripture is how we know what He promises (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and Faithful people under God’s promises change the world (Acts 1:8). Ask God to show each student He is faithful (2 Timothy 2:13), a man of His Word (Psalm 145:13), that He will do all He has said and finish every work He has begun (Philippians 1:6).

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB)
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Revelation 12:10-11 (NASB)
Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

Small Groups

Ask God to prepare students to hear, process, discuss and apply the session teachings and small group times. As groups share, ask God to bring each student to a new depth of relationship with Him and the community He placed around them. Ask God to protect the time spent in small group, to provide a holy covering that nothing can penetrate. As settings and time may be different than previous years, ask the Holy Spirit to foster safety that allows vulnerability as students share, confess, encourage and strengthen one another. Pray for students to have deep supernatural engagement and focus in these concentrated times of processing. Ask God to grant leaders discernment and wisdom as they facilitate discussion. Ask that each leader would have spiritual sight and sound to sense the heart/root of student responses and direct them to Jesus for all they need. Ask God to move among leaders to stir a greater fear of the Lord, awareness of the weight of this calling of leadership, and greater integrity moving forward in discipleship with Jesus.

Fruit that Remains

Our primary purpose of The Mix is to provide a relevant and safe context for students across our city to come to a saving and growing relationship with Jesus. The Mix can act as a catalyst, quickening the spiritual work of discipleship that parents, leaders and student pastors foster and sow throughout the year, but that is the work of God. Let’s ask God to move in ways only He can move so that the seeds of the Gospel and discipleship can yield fruit 30, 60, 100 times. (Mark 4:20) Ask God to bring many students to saving faith through genuine repentance and response to the message that Jesus is our Savior. Ask Jesus to stir our hearts to obey the Father the way He obeyed the Father (John 5:19). Ask Holy Spirit to convict students regarding sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8). Pray students would hear the voice of God with purity and humility, that they may walk in His ways and receive His promises in faith (John 15:15). Cry out to God for the salvation and revival of this generation- that not one would perish (Matthew 18:14), but each one come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Ask God to stir among these students a desperation to see on earth as it is in Heaven- true revival among their families, friends, churches, and schools. Ask God to build momentum during the Mix that will help carry students until they have built the endurance needed to receive what was promised (Hebrews 10:36).

1 Thessalonians 1:5-6 (NASB)
for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sakes. You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word during great affliction with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

Psalm 7:12 (NCV)
If they do not change their lives, God will sharpen His sword; He will string His bow and take aim.

Jeremiah 26:13 (NCV)
Now change your lives and start doing good and obey the Lord your God. Then He will change His mind and not bring on you the disaster He has told you about.

Ezekiel 18:32 (NCV)
I do not want anyone to die, says the Lord God, so change your hearts and lives so you may live.

Romans 12:2 (NCV)
Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect.

Colossians 1:21-25 (NCV)
At one time you were separated from God. You were His enemies in your minds, and the evil things you did were against God. But now God has made you His friends again. He did this through Christ’s death in the body so that He might bring you into God’s presence as people who are holy, with no wrong, and with nothing of which God can judge you guilty. This will happen if you continue strong and sure in your faith. You must not be moved away from the hope brought to you by the Good News that you heard. That same Good News has been told to everyone in the world, and I, Paul, help in preaching that Good News.

James 1:2-4 (NASB)
Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

The Church participating in The Mix 2021

Covid-19 has required us to do things quite a bit differently this year. We have less than half the churches who participated last year, participating this year. But still we are believing that this year could be one of the best, most fruitful ones yet. The emotional and spiritual climate in our world has really prepared the students and leaders. There is a real hunger and desperateness in our communities. Please be praying for God to use The Mix as a catalyst in the churches (listed below) as well as in the schools and neighborhoods where these students live and spend their time. Ask God for revival / awakening / reformation / transformation in these churches and student ministries that will shake their churches, campuses, our city and the world.

Alps Road Presbyterian
Athens Church
Briarwood Baptist
Classic City
Cloud’s Creek Baptist
Cornerstone Church Athens
Faith Presbyterian
Friendship Baptist
Harmony Baptist
Lexington Baptist
Living Hope
New Covenant Worship Center
Prince Avenue Baptist
Salem Baptist
Tuckston UMC
Watkinsville First Baptist

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Thanks again for joining us in praying for The Mix 2021, for the students, the leaders and for a catalytic movement of God to come out of it!!! Your prayers really do have a powerful impact on The Mix! And thank you Kelsey Parham (Watkinsville First Baptist Church) for helping put this prayer guide together!!!

Prayer Opportunities in February 2021.

“Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand yet the meaning of what I’m doing, but soon it will be clear to you.’” John 13:7 (TPT)

 Right now, it could seem that God is absent, well or at least not doing very much. It could seem that in light of the greatest prayer movement in history, involving millions of people across our nation and beyond, has not moved God’s heart. Was it too little too late? Did we not pray correctly, or not repent enough? Would it have required double the prayer and fasting? Actually, I totally believe our prayer, fasting, repentance and obedience HAS been heard, and God is moving. I believe the bowls in heaven are overflowing (Revelation 8:3-5). He is doing things that we cannot see. He is still exposing the depth of corruption in our nation and our leaders. He is like a master chess player simply moving His pieces into place. The answer is coming! Now is not the time for us to give up, to give in, to tap out or to simply stop believing in God or that prayer works! We are about to witness something only God could do. And many believe it will launch us into the greatest awakening the world has ever seen. As Jesus said in Luke 18:1, keep on praying and never give up!
 
Here are some ways you can pray with and for others this month….
 
Worship Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, February 3 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad St., Athens

Worship Pastors from around Athens are now meeting up to pray together on the first Wednesday of each month. Please pray as those who lead worship ministries in Athens. While you’re at it ask God to increase the depth and anointing of worship in every church in our city. Ask God to teach us deeper into His presence. Ask Him for an open heaven over every location where worship is regularly happening in our city.

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, February 4 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Student Pastors from around Athens meet up to pray together on the first Thursday each month. Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hunger 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. Ask God to make a way for every student that is supposed to be at The Mix this year to be there, ready to respond to the word of God!
  
Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25 / 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. On the last Thursday of the month we open it up for all pastors and key leadership in churches to join us as well. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit and a passion to see revival released right here in our city!
 
Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Thursdays February 4 & 18 / 3 to 4:30pm
Wesley Chapel (loft)

Every other Thursday, those who lead campus / college ministries come together to pray for each other and for reaching and discipling the thousands of college students in Athens. College students are so hungry for connecting and for truth. Ask God to release a powerful move of the Holy Spirit on every college campus and upon every college aged person in our city.
 
Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, February 10 / 9 to 10am
Cornerstone – 4680 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! Use this as an opportunity to 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. Cry out for the authority of the word of God would increase in each pulpit and for each pastor to know an increase in anointing in their preaching! 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!

Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, February 13 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street

Please join us on the second Saturday of the month (usually the first Saturday), 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! We are pressing into God for revival on this campus, across our city and beyond! These prayer walks are always unique and quite a blessing to those who join us! Please come if you’re able!

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, February 15 / 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 this new era. We will be praying into the Altar of Fire and The Mix! If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, February 17 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

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 era. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, February 18 / 9 to 10am
Grace Fellowship – 1120 Malcom Bridge Rd, Bogart, GA 30622

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 this new era.

Altar of Fire
Thursday, February 18, 2021 / 7pm
Venue TBD
 
In February we will be continuing our monthly, citywide gathering for intercessors and worshippers. This gathering is not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God, with a wholehearted surrender to Jesus. This is an amazing time of worship, high praise, prayer and surrender. If you’re interested in giving it all to Jesus, this is for you. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us. The venue will be announced shortly!

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. And of course, 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. Let me know if you are interested in being a Prayer Assistant this year! Signups for individual churches and groups to grab ONE HOUR slots in The Mix Prayer Watch will be available 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/
 
Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#

Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
Ongoing
All across Athens area
 
Every morning at 8am these Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond. And they are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s each day on your phone, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a simple and awesome 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! We are also include many of these posts on the APN blog on this website – https://athensprayernetwork.com/blog/#watch.
 
Advancing God’s Kingdom together through unity, prayer, intercession and warfare!
Steve

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