Praying toward the Elections

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer Missile 1 – September 25

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

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

Prayer Missile 2 – September 26

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

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

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

Prayer Missile 3 – September 27

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

Prayer Missile 4 – September 28

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

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

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

Prayer Missile 5 – September 29

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

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

Prayer Missile 6 – September 30

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

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

TO BE CONTINUED…

The Return

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer Opportunities in September 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This month the senior pastors will once again be meeting in person to pray for and with each other! If you’re able, please join us from wherever you are to pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them divine wisdom from above, extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness as they lead their congregations through this challenging, unprecedented season. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community. Pray that God would guard and even deepen the unity among pastors in our city. In the midst of all the weight that is currently on them, ask God to abundantly bless, extravagantly refresh, greatly encourage, divinely protect and supernaturally provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these lead shepherds in Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay intimately connected to God and run strongly throughout this battle. Ask God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city, during such a time as this! And pray that even in the midst of increased wickedness, that pastors love for people and Jesus would grow even hotter!

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

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

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

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

The Groups Pastors in Athens will continue to meet in person this month. People are longing for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. This is the new norm for now. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even more new and effective ways to stay connected and to connect new people. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead well in these new formats and that their love would not grow cold. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this season, as well as for when we come out of our period of social distancing. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RETURNING SOON…

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

ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…

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

Please try to log in at 7:55am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

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

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

Prayer Opportunities in August 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Groups Pastors in Athens will be meeting in person this month. People are longing for authentic community and groups provide it! There are both virtual and in person groups operating in our city. This is the new norm. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even more new and effective ways to stay connected and to connect new people. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity. Pray that God would prepare them for the days ahead. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead well in these new formats. Ask God to give each of these leaders a grace to rise up for the occasion. Pray for people in the groups to be willing to dive into the new formats as well as re-engage around in person groups, to share their lives and be open to grow. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new season as we come out of our period of social distancing. And ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. Ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!

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

RETURNING SOON…

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

ONGOING AND INSPIRATIONAL…

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

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

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

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

Back To School Prayer Vigil

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

BTS VIGIL SCHEDULE

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

BTS VIGIL PRAYER GUIDE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where do we start?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For administrators making decisions:

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

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

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

For those adjusting to learning from home:

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

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

For those going to school:

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

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

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

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

I – Elementary

Here are some areas that elementary children need prayer…

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

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

Pray that they would show grace and kindness to others.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elementary Schools in the Greater Athens area…

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

II – Middle School and High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Middle Schools and High Schools in Athens

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

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

Middle & High Schools in Greater Athens area…

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

III – College

Here are some areas that college students need prayer…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colleges in Athens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


[1] Declaration taken from Prayer Portions by Sylvia Gunter

[2] Declaration taken from Prayer Portions by Sylvia Gunter

Prayer Opportunities in July 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Returning soon…  

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

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

Please try to log in at 7:55am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).

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

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

Intercessors Prayer Watch – June 2020

Monday, June 29 at 8pm through Tuesday at noon
Virtual Zoom Prayer Room

Prayer Guide
As usual, please use this guide as a launch pad. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what you are to focus your prayer on. This is a rather intense prayer guide, reflecting the rather intense day we live in! Before you launch into the prayer guide topics, please spend some time worshiping God.

Expose and reveal
God is exposing many things, but we need eyes to see what He is exposing. Something can stand right before us, but if there is a veil over our eyes, we won’t see it. Please be praying that He continues to expose these things and that not only His people would see, but that those who do not know Him yet would have eyes to see as well.

Ask for God to expose and remove…

The deception of socialism.
Everywhere that socialism has been attempted has been left in ruins. But somehow, people think it will be different here. Pray that this mask would be removed!

The orphan spirit that is operating in our nation.
So much of the younger generation is operating from broken families, many without a father, or at least a father who disciplines. Ask God to expose and replace the orphan spirit with the spirit of adoption. Pray that God would draw the fathers back to the children and the children back to their fathers (Malachi 4:6). Ask God to call the prodigal home (Luke 15:11-32)!

The witchcraft that is coming after the church, especially the pastors in our city.
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). Ever since the super moon on Pentecost weekend when witches and others were focusing curses upon Trump, the church and pastors, the battle has been quite intense. Please pray that it would get exposed, and that every door would be closed. Pray that pastors in our city would be strengthened, protected and refreshed by the Holy Spirit.

The heart (agenda) behind the rioting, looting and violence going on across our nation.
Right now, there is a blindness to the agenda of those using the protests in our cities. There are people who have nefarious intentions. They are able to use violence because of well-meaning but deceived individuals (more of this below). Pray that God would expose both those who are deceived and those operating under their cover. Paul said that in the last days people would be proud, boastful, lovers of self, abusive, disobedient to parents, without love, without control, ungrateful, unholy, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure instead of lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Definitely sounds like our times! Pray that this agenda would be exposed and replaced with life giving solutions!

Fake news, fake narrative and fake history
Jesus told us that the truth sets us free (John 8:32). The problem is today truth is hard to find. Isaiah wrote that when “truth is nowhere to be found” God looks for an intercessor (Isaiah 59:15-16). Today it’s hard to know what and who you can believe. And when you stand up for truth you are attacked as if you are the enemy. Please pray that God would expose the lies of our culture, of the news, of the politicians, etc. Ask God to raise up the banner of truth, and that those who have walked under these lies would see and have the desire for the only Truth that can set them free. Pray that God would awaken our nation to the truth. Ask God to raise up an army of intercessors in Athens and across our nation. Jesus is the truth and He is our only solution!

The agenda of Black Lives Matter
The reality is, All Black Lives Matter. The phrase Black Lives Matter is very loaded. The concept is so true, but there is an organization behind the phrase that really doesn’t care about all black lives. It has a different agenda (if you doubt this please check into it). Please pray for God to expose this. Pray for the sanctity of all life, which includes the shocking violence being done to the unborn, the elderly as well as the black on black violence. Pray for God to move and bring healing from centuries of oppression, slavery and racism. Pray for true Biblical justice and racial equality and for every trace of systemic racism to be exposed and replaced with God’s means.

The corruption in law enforcement
Law enforcement needs reformation not defunding and/or replacing. There is a spirit of lawlessness operating here that desires to see our cities unprotected to attack and lawlessness. Granted, there is corruption in law enforcement, and godly police chiefs need authority to remove these corrupt cops, to reform the system and to provide proper training for our police. Please pray into this. Also, there is corruption in every level of law enforcement. Pray that God would expose it in the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc…

The spirit of antichrist (from APN Facebook post, Friday June 26)
There are many today who are following the Spirit of antichrist, even within the church, and they are not even aware of it! They are caught up in the fury of the moment, hyper sensitive, easily offended, pursuing justice from a place of compassion but not of the Spirit of truth!

On two separate occasions Jesus had to confront His disciples because they were operating in a spirit other than His. One time when Jesus was preparing His disciples for His coming death, Peter pulled Him aside and said “No way!” Jesus saw right through it and confronted the evil operating by saying, “Get behind Me, Satan” (Matthew 16:23)! Peter was well intentioned, looking out for Jesus, but through an earthly, even demonic filter. On another occasion when Jesus was traveling through Samaria, a village did not welcome Him because He was on His way to Jerusalem. Two of His disciples, James and John asked if they could call down fire upon this village to destroy it. Jesus rebuked them saying, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of…” (Luke 9:54-56).

Please pray that God would expose every place that this deceiving rebellious spirit of antichrist is operating. Ask God to show you if you’re responding to anything other than the Holy Spirit. And quickly repent! Jesus said in the last days there would be great deception and falling away (Matthew 24). Paul talked about the man of lawlessness and the deception that will surround him (2 Thessalonians 2). The problem with deception is the one being deceived isn’t aware of it. That is happening right now. Ask God to open the eyes of His church and see what He is exposing. Cry out for mercy over the church and our nation. Ask God to fill His shepherds, leaders and intercessors with the Holy Spirit and grant them courage to lead by faith, even against the voice of our culture! We are called to be a voice for God, not an echo of the world!

Courage and faith
As God continues to expose things and opens our eyes to see them, pray that we (especially for pastors, leaders and intercessors) would have faith and courage to run toward the battle and not run away. Today is the day of battle. The giants are in the land and like David, we must run toward the skirmish and gather the spiritual weapons that God has provided us to demolish every strategy of the enemy (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Ask God to equip His people for battle today.

Angelic Army
Just as we do not fight against flesh and blood but against a demonic reality (Ephesians 6:12), we do not fight alone! God has and even more so right now, been mobilizing an angelic army to fight alongside us. Ask God to activate His angel army in our city, in our churches and around your life!

Thank God
As you wrap up your prayer watch, please take time to praise God. Thank Him for allowing you to be alive at such a time as this, for allowing you access to His throne with your requests, for hearing your petitions and intercessions and faithfully responding with awesome answers (Psalm 65:5 NLT).

Athens Prayer Vigil Guide

June 3-5, 2020 / 6am to 9pm daily
The Arch – corner of Broad Street and College Avenue

Thank you for praying for the peace of our city (nation)! This is an important time for us as a Church to stand up, speak up and pray up! Remember, what the enemy means for evil, God can use for good. What makes the difference is how His people respond in the moment. Remember you have authority in Jesus name to proclaim, to decree, to intercede, to bind, etc.… This prayer guide is simply a launch pad. Please invite the Holy Spirit to lead your praying at The Arch. Be aware to observe social distancing guidelines. Be an ambassador for Christ with whoever you make contact with. There may be active protests going on in the same space at the same time. Feel free to talk with protestors, and even offer to pray for them. This guide will be adjusted as the vigil continues as the Lord stirs specific things we need to pray for.

To sign up for a ONE HOUR slot at The Arch, please go to https://www.slottr.com/sheets/18252004

Blessing

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

Remember that people are not our enemy. We have a foe who desires to kill, steal and destroy our city. Pray that the spirit behind the rioting (i.e. Lawlessness, Anti-Christ, Fear, Rebellion, etc.) would be bound, hindered, sent away, rendered powerless, in our city. Pray a blessing on everyone who gathers to protest, and that God would expose and forbid those who come to incite riots. Matthew 18:18-20 says we can bind up or forbid evil in Jesus Name. So forbid violence, arson, graffiti and any destruction in our city. Ask Him to expose every scheme of the enemy to bring harm, and that all who plan to do harm would be exposed and constrained.

Peace

“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 33:7 (NIV)

Pray for the peace of our city. Ask God to increase His tangible presence right now. Ask Him to activate angels to minster and fight on behalf of our city. Ask Him to release the fear of God throughout the city. Ask Him to fill you with peace so you can carry it wherever you go.

Justice

“This is what the LORD says, ‘Be just and fair. Do what is right and good…’” Isaiah 56:1 (NLT)

God loves justice. Ask Him to release justice in every arena in our city. Ask Him to expose injustice in our city, and to raise up voices of truth and justice across our land. Pray that people would no longer be judged by their outward appearance, but by their character and integrity.

Government & leaders

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)

Ask God to give our president (Donald Trump), his administration, our governor (Brian Kemp), our mayor (Kelly Girtz), the Athens commissioners, the Police Chief (Cleveland Spruill, the Sheriff (Ira Edwards) wisdom, courage, faith and godly counsel that is 10 times better than anything in the world (Daniel 1:20). Pray for the police department and national guard to be protected and wise in their actions.

Racial healing

“For Christ Himself brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us… Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.” Ephesians 2:14&16 (NLT)

Christ paid for peace and unity between races through His body on the cross. As you pray, proclaim the victory that Jesus won, through the cross for reconciliation. Jesus is the only answer to our sin problems (i.e. racism and hate) that plague our world today. Through Him the hostility can be broken. Pray for healing in our city and nation. Ask God to expose prejudice at every level in every person.

Love, understanding and compassion

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind… Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37&39 (NIV)

Love requires us to pray for our enemies, and bless those who curse or disagree with us (Matthew 5:44). The Apostle Peter told us that “above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV). Ask God to release a grace for love, understanding and compassion for others who may not like us, nor are like us. Pray that supernatural, heaven sent love would break forth over the protesters and even those who may come to incite riots. Ask for understanding where communication is broken down and for compassion where opinions differ.

Courage for the Church to stand up, speak up and bind up

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:31 (NIV)

Ask God to release a new boldness in His Church. For His to people to pray and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the word of God clearly and boldly. Pray that followers of Christ across our city would not be silent, but would bring Jesus into racially tense conversations. Also, ask God for the Church to rise up and stand in authority to decree and bind up the evil forces at work behind the scenes.

Unity

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (NLT)

This very verse is inscribed on the base of the Spirit of Athens statue at City Hall. Pray for God to release His blessing that comes from unity over our city (Psalm 133). Ask Him to protect and strengthen the unity in our city, from the Church community through the government, and public servants. Pray that pastors and churches would stand together, honor one another out of love and respect, and walk out this crisis with great humility.

Salvation

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

God desires all people in Athens to be saved! Ask God to open people’s eyes and draw them to Him. Cry out for God to use this moment to bring revival, awakening and transformation in Athens, and across our nation.

Prayer of repentance

Father in Heaven, we are deeply sorry for ignoring the racism and classism that we have tolerated across the centuries up until this present time. We ask You and our community to grant us an opportunity to repent and live differently than we have. We are determined to befriend and love one another across racial lines with respect for the dignity of our common humanity. We plead in Jesus name, Amen!

Thank the Lord

As you wrap your prayer at The Arch, please thank the Lord for hearing your voice in prayer and for faithfully answering it with awesome deeds (Psalm 65:5 NLT).

There is a Prayer Walk on Saturday, June 6, from 10am to noon. We’ll meet at The Arch and prayer walk around the downtown where protestors have walked. Please join us if you’re able!

Feel free to check out this prayer guide from Church Prayer Leaders Network… https://www.prayerleader.com/7-prayer-points-to-pray-for-your-city/

Prayer Opportunities in June 2020.

“You have never been this way before…
Consecrate yourselves,
for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.”

Josh 3:4-5 (NIV) 

Wow! We stepped through Pentecost into a new day! We’ve never been here before. Our nation is on fire, the enemy is pulling every string possible to bring chaos, fear and destruction. First the virus, then the economy, and now the riots. But here’s what the Church needs to remember, the physical OFTEN reveals the spiritual. In other words, what we see happening in the natural realm is just an indicator of what’s going on in the spiritual realm. It is a way to see into the unseen realm. The good thing about it is that God always takes what the enemy brings as evil and turns if for kingdom advancement! This is where the Church needs to rise up, and pray like we never have before. No one else has access to the Father in heaven but us, His kids. We need to rise up, stand up, speak up and wake up! It’s time for the Church to arise! Please join us in praying this way throughout the summer. I just have a feeling that the prayer opportunities for us are just going to increase, by a lot! Please keep alert, watchful and prayerful!
 
Here are some amazing opportunities to join with others. We will be having both Zoom and in person gatherings this month! Some of it is still coming together. Praise God.Please don’t do ministry or life, as usual! These are the first days in a new era! And first days matter!
 
Athens Prayer Vigil for Peace, Healing & Justice
Wednesday through Friday June 3-5 / 6am to 9pm each day
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street
 
We are calling Christ followers across Athens to join in praying for peace, healing and justice. The Church, God’s people, is the only mechanism that can approach the Father “with confidence” on behalf of the issues we are facing today. And it is really intense! We need God to move in our city, state and nation. Prayer is a huge key in that! As such, we are having a THREE DAY PRAYER VIGIL at The Arch, corner of East Broad Street and College Avenue, starting Wednesday (June 3) and concluding Friday (June 5). Each day will go from 6am to 9pm. You can sign up for as many ONE HOUR slots as you are able. Fill free to bring your prayer partners. Please be sure to help us cover every hour. There is no limit to how many people sign up for any given slot, though we do ask all praying people to observe the social distance guidelines (i.e. six feet, mask, etc). There will be a prayer guide available, so please provide your email address. 
 
To sign up please go to https://www.slottr.com/sheets/18252004
 
Pastors Prayer & Discussion on Current Racial Tension
Wednesday, June 3 / 9:30
Athens Church (Starting Point Lounge) – 10 Huntington Rd., Athens 30606
 
The pastors across Athens will be gathering to discuss our response to the racial tension our nation/state/city is walking through right now. Please join us in praying about what God would have us to do as an expression of the unity of the Body of Christ in Athens!
 
Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, June 4 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church (room next to new green space) – 10 Huntington Rd., Athens
 
The Student Pastors will continue to meet on the first Thursday of the month. In June we will be doing it in person!!! Student Pastors across Athens have had to be very creative in reaching out to their students who have been “sheltered in place.” Now we are reopening these ministries. Please join us from wherever you are and pray that God would draw students back in, even more hungry that before! Be praying for all those who minister to the youth of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Pray that God would prepare them for this new season. Pray that God would protect these Students Pastors, their teams and grant them creativity and wisdom as they reconnect with their students and stir them toward Jesus and missional lives! Pray for all the students in our city as well, that this unprecedented moment in history would be the catalyst for revival in them, in our city and specifically among our Middle and High School students.
 
Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, June 6 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street
 
Prior to the Covid19 shutdown, we were having monthly prayer walks. Our first one back just happens to be scheduled in the midst of protests in Athens. Please come out and pray with us as we walk where much of the protest has been happening. It is truly a conflict of kingdoms, and the power of prevailing prayer overcomes the enemy. We meet at The Arch and go from there. And of course, we ask that everyone observe the social distance guidelines. Please join us if you can!
 
Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, June 8 / 7 to 9pm
Via Zoom
 
We will be gathering once again as the Athens Intercessors Community. At this point it will be via Zoom. We want to debrief all the prayer/intercession activity, share what God has been saying to us over the past month and get a sense of where we are heading over the summer. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!
 
Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, June 10 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605

This month the pastors are coming back together in person to pray for and with each other! Please use this opportunity to pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them extraordinary wisdom, creativity and boldness as they lead their congregations through this exciting yet challenging new season of reopening. Pray that God would empower them to lead well, and for your church to be an instrument of life and help to the community. Ask God to guard and even deepen the unity He has been establishing over the past 10 years in our city. In the midst of all the weight that is currently on them, ask God to abundantly bless, refresh, encourage, protect and provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these lead shepherds across Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay connected to God and run strongly throughout this battle. Ask God to use these pastors as a voice in our city!
 
Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, June 17 / 9:30 to 10:30am
TBD
 
People are longing for community! New types of groups have formed, and soon groups will be able to meet in person again. New and old types of groups will be the norm in this new season. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors to create even more new, effective ways to stay connected. We continue our monthly Groups Pastor in May via Zoom. Please pray for those who lead the groups ministries in our city. They need wisdom and creativity. Pray that God would prepare them for the days ahead. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead well in these new formats. May God give each of these leaders a grace to rise up for the occasion. Pray for people in the groups to be willing to dive into the new formats as well as re-engage around in person groups, to share their lives and be open to grow. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this new season as we come out of our period of social distancing. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. Ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ Name in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, June 18 / 9 to 10am
TBD
 
In June, the leaders who “run” churches across Athens will be coming together to share and pray with and for one another. These leaders are making decisions in an arena no one has ever walked in before. Please pray for the executive / administrative pastor (or those who do that role) in your church and the others who carry this load in the churches across our city. They need wisdom, creativity and faith. This is very a crucial ministry at such an important time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges in this season.

Prayer for the Middle East & Israel
Tuesday, June 26 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605

Our monthly M.E./Israel prayer meeting is back in person and Friday June 26. This is an opportunity to pray for Israel and the Middle East in such an important time as this! We will be observing the reopening guidelines (i.e. masks and distancing).

Ongoing and inspirational…

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

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

Athens Daniel Fast Prayer Guide

Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 30, 2020

Between the day of Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, Jesus’ followers waited, watched and prayed in obedience for the promised Holy Spirit. Then on the day of Pentecost all the followers of Christ were together in one place and they heard the roar of a mighty wind from heaven. Suddenly there was what seemed like flames of fire lighting on everyone, they all were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues (Acts 2:1-2).

Over the ten days of the Daniel Fast, we are crying out for God to prepare us for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Remember this fast is simply simplifying your diet (i.e. no meat, no desserts, no alcohol, no TV, etc…). Please use this prayer guide as a starting point to launch into powerful, Spirit-led prayer! Meditate on the scriptures in it and allow God to speak to you through them. As there are ten topics, feel free to focus on one topic and saturate it each day OR fly over the whole thing every day and scatter your prayer bombs all over the place, OR do something in between. Please take time each day to listen to what the Lord is saying to you, even journal it. The priority right now is for you to get your heart, your home and your church ready for a fresh outpouring. Ask Him to do whatever it takes in you, your family and church to be ready. Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you and meet you as you fast and pray these ten days! Ask God for fresh revelation of who He is and what He says about you. Since we really don’t know what to pray, invite the Holy Spirit to help you (Romans 8:26-27). And pray expectantly! Come to Jesus with a hungry heart, eager for Him to feed you, right where you are at. Come hungery for truth, for light, for the word and for God! And He will do just that! After all, Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6 NIV).

Prayer topics…

Humility

“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise a broken and humbled heart, God.” Psalm 51:17 (CSB)

“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My word.” Isaiah 66:2b (NLT)

“Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 (CSB)

“And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ … Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.” James 4:6 & 10 (NLT)

God hates, opposes, resists pride! Those are pretty strong words! But He is attracted to and releases favor, even blessing to the humble. Want more of God? Humble yourself before Him! Crazy thing is, we often can’t even see the pride in our own life that is hindering God’s blessing to us. Ask God to show you any trace of pride, arrogance or false humility. Be willing to ask those closest to you if they see it in you. Be willing to be decisive and deal with it quickly and with whomever you need to confess it to!

It’s from the place of humility we can step into absolute surrender and holiness. Humility keeps us from being offended, because the root of offense is entitlement and the humble person has crucified any sense of deserving anything! Ask God to show you places in your heart where you have not surrendered to Him, or where you have any sense of offense, or entitlement. Respond as the Lord shows you!

Now ask God to expose pride, every trace of it, in your church and across our city. Pray for humble hearts around our city, that are ready to receive what the Lord is bringing.

Holiness

“But if we confess our sins to him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.” Psalm 66:18-19 (NLT)

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

God desires us to be pure vessels. He looks for Holy vessels to fill. None of us would drink water if we knew it contained even a small percent of excrement! But we tolerate much worse defilement in our hearts and still expect the Holy Spirit to be happy there. Ask the Lord to show you your sin, not just the biggies, but everything that displeases Him and defiles you!  This can include things like pornography, addictions, lust, impure thoughts, etc… But it is as much about pride, unforgiveness, greed, selfishness, ambition, disbelief, etc… Ask God to make your heart, your home and your church holy! If God prompts you with something, don’t argue with Him. Remember He sets the standard. Confess the sin that He shows you for what it is, a violation of His law. Ask Him to cleanse you of it, and then thank Him for His forgiveness and His washing you of all your filthiness. Ask Him to cleanse your home. If you have things that are blatantly, or subtly unholy, get rid of it. Ask God to reveal unholy things in your church, and for the leadership to have courage to address it decisively.

Idolatry

“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His Holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.” Psalm 24:3-4 (NLT)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

When we think of idols we conjure up manmade figures that people bow down and worship. Yes, those are idols. But there are many more ways that we can have idols in our hearts and home, and we may not even know it! Recently, we found some items that were used in Japanese worship. They were family heirlooms, something passed on through several generations. Something we were familiar with, and really didn’t even see any more. But God convicted us of these idols and they were summarily removed, destroyed and repented of. An idol may not have actually been used in worship, well at least not functionally. An idol is anything we put before the Lord and are thus an offense to Him. The first two commandments are all about not putting anything above God, but to love Him with all your heart. It can be money, jobs, relationships, possessions, security, reputation, your kids, status, etc. Ask the Lord to show you any idols in your heart, or home. And when He does, deal with it decisively. Usually we have some sort of emotional connection to the idol. So, if you are reacting strongly to destroying this thing in your life or home, it is probably an indicator that it does have an improper place.

Ask Him to reveal any idols in your church. These can simply be man’s traditions that have taken a higher place than God desires. These are being exposed through this Covid19 pandemic and all the carnage that is surrounding it! May God show us all the idols that have embedded themselves in our lives.

As these idols are removed, ask God to fill the space that they had once occupied.

Watchmen

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7 (NIV)

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)

“So, He declared He would destroy them. But Moses, His chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people. He begged Him to turn from His anger and not destroy them.” Psalm 106:23 (NLT)

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

Throughout history, God has looked for intercessors to stand before Him crying mercy in a day when His wrath was due. Our nation has turned its back on God and His ways. And sadly, the message of the church and the authority of the word of God has been watered down. This is an hour in history when God is looking for people who will cry out to Him relentlessly, passionately and unitedly, until He turns and moves powerfully in our land. The Holy Spirit is calling praying people to build up the wall and take their position on it as watchmen! Please pray that this invitation from God would be clearly heard across our city, and that praying people would respond and step into a new level of fervent 24/7 prayer. Ask the Lord if you are meant to be one of them! And today cry out for God’s mercy in the church and our city!!!

Truth

“Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.” Psalm 51:6 (ESV)

 “Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice.” Isaiah 59:14-15 (NLT)

“Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.’” Matthew 24:4 (NIV)

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (CSB)

A meaning for deception is to be thrown off course. There is so much garbage going on right now, no one knows what to believe! It is a huge distraction! People need the truth, and as Jesus said, it’s the truth that will set us free. Even our courts have moved away from justice based on truth. Right now, up is down, right is wrong, well at least it depends who you’re talking with. There are things we have been told by “trustworthy people” that are not true! Be praying that God would expose falsehood, deceptions and distractions in your life, and in your church. Repent of any places where you have not been completely truthful (i.e. exaggerating)! Ask God to give you the faith to stand up for truth. Ask God to give you, your pastor and others in your church discernment to distinguish truth and error, right from wrong, what’s of God and what’s not.

Ask God to stir a hunger for truth in your heart, your home, your church and across our city.

Shaking for awakening

“At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” Hebrews 12:26-28 (NIV)

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:31 (NIV)

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)

“Everything exposed by the light is made visible, for what makes everything visible is light. Therefore, it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:13-14 (CSB)

During this season everything that can be shaken is being shaken. Ask God to use this shaking in your life to reveal the things that have been hidden, things that need to be brought into the light, things that have influenced you from deep within for way too long. Invite God’s consuming fire to burn these things away. Ask God to empty you of worthless things so He can fill you with more of Him!

Also, be praying that hidden strongholds, lies and pretensions would be exposed in your heart, your home and in your church. Ask Him to do whatever needs to be done to be ready for the Holy Spirit to come and fill His body once again. Ask God to prepare and to fill every believer in your church with the Holy Spirit and send them out to witness boldly!

Ask God to use this shaking across our city to awaken hearts that have slumbered. Ask God to prepare hearts for what He is about to do, both in the church and across our city. 

Our Children

“But the Lord says, ‘The captives of warriors will be released, and the plunder of tyrants will be retrieved. For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children.’” Isaiah 49:25 (NLT)

“You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject Me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love Me and obey My commands.” Exodus 20:5-6 (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.”’ Luke 15:17-19 (NLT)

“He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Malachi 4:6 (NIV)

As we are praying for God to prepare our hearts and homes for Him, let’s be crying out for God to move among our children. Whether they are in the next room, or on the other side of the world, ask God to be stirring, shaking and revealing Himself to them! His promise is to fight on behalf of those who love Him and He will save our children. Remind Him of this promise and ask Him to do it now. Ask God to reveal Himself to any prodigal children you may have, or know of. Ask Him to prepare them for what He is about to do. Cry out that they would not miss out on it!!! Ask God to cause things in their world to draw their attention to Him and to their home. Ask God to also move among the kids in homes right now where they are not loved and cherished but are abused and used. Ask God to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the children back to their fathers!

Also, be praying that toddlers through teenagers would experience this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and become vehicles of awakening in their circles! Ask God to prepare your kids and all the children you know to receive His blessing, and to become vessels for His glory!

Realize that your sin impacts your children, as has your parents (and their parents…) sin has impacted you! Confess your sin. Break the sinful patterns. Confess generational sin, things that have been passed on to you from your parents. Proclaim them broken off of your children!

Pastors

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” Psalm 78:72 (NIV)

 “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)

“Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should.” Colossians 4:2-4 CSB

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20 NIV

Pray for your pastor to hunger for the word, and to dig into it with a new zeal and that out of that to preach the full gospel with passion and courage. During these 10 days, ask God to break any chains off that hinder your pastor from preaching boldly and freely. Ask God to prepare your pastor to be ready to preach more frequently across Athens as more opportunities to bring the gospel open up. Pray that when your pastor preaches on Pentecost, rivers of living water would flow through him/her. Pray that your church would be prepared for a fired up, freshly, Spirit-empowered preacher in your pulpit! Ask God to increase their anointing, and that His word would not return void!

Ask God to give your pastor purity, integrity and skillful hands. Your pastor has never been here before (Joshua 3:4), and right now is needing to draw on God’s wisdom in ways they have never done before. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity 10 times greater than that of the world (Daniel 1:20). That God would grant them rest and stamina. That they would be able to trust the LORD with all their hearts and not lean on their own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). Ask God to prepare them for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and whatever the Lord releases on Pentecost! Pray that God would prepare your pastor (physically, emotionally and spiritually) to lead with skillful hands and integrity of heart in this new season of revival.

Outpouring

“So, if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” Luke 11:13 (NLT)

“Once when He was eating with them, He commanded them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift He promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 1:4-5 (NLT)

“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and He will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.” Acts 3:19-20 (NLT)

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” John 14:12 (NLT)

“For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?” 1 Peter 4:7 (NLT)

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” Luke 18:8 (ESV)

“God gives the Spirit without limit.” John 3:34b (NIV)

Thank the Lord for the promised coming outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God promised His Holy Spirit to all His children who ask of Him. Ask Him passionately, fervently, intensely and wholeheartedly for more of the Holy Spirit! Cry out for this outpouring upon you, your home and your church. Prayerfully watch and wait for Him to do something amazing among us at Pentecost. Please don’t limit Him by your expectations of what you think this outpouring should look like. Ask Him to grant you brand new eyes to see what He does in this season! Again, ask Him if there is any more sin He would like you to confess. If so, confess it so that you would not miss the coming times of refreshment. This coming great move of God is all about preparing for Christ’s return. We are going to need faith and stamina to finish the work He has laid before us. Cry out for Him to bring His judgement and correction upon His people so that we are ready for Him. Ask God to release a new level of faith within you, your church and the churches across Athens for the days ahead. Ask God to prepare you to receive His Spirit without limit!!! 

Ears to hear what God is saying

“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 (NIV)

 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.” Revelation 2:7a (NLT)

“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.” John 8:47a

“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 (NLT)

There is much chatter right now that God is about to do something amazing in our time. It is not an issue of whether God speaks or not. The Bible is very clear, He speaks! The issue is, are we listening. God is speaking quite loudly right now, and we all need ears to hear what He is saying to us individually, to our church and to the churches across our city. The psalmist says that we labor in vain if we build where God is not building (Psalm 127:1). Jesus said He only does what He sees the Father doing. We need eyes to see what He is doing, and ears to hear what He is saying, and faith to believe it and courage to join Him in it! Ask God to give you ears to hear and eyes to see how He is moving right now. Ask Him for faith to believe it and courage to act on it. Pray this same way for your church and the churches across Athens! Thank Him for the fact that He is not silent!

Thanksgiving

It is always good to praise and thank the Lord! Begin and end your prayer sessions with thanksgiving. Carry a heart of thanksgiving throughout the ten days. Thank Him for hearing you. Thank Him for allowing you to be alive for such a time as this. Thank Him for what He is about to do. And thank Him for faithfully answering your prayers with awesomeness (Psalm 65:5a NLT).

Thank you for participating!!!

Together preparing for Pentecost 2020!
Steve