The Mix 18 Prayer Watch Guide

Friday, February 23 (noon) to Saturday, February 24 (midnight), 2018
Athens Church

Thank you so much for being a part of The Mix Prayer Watch. Your prayer is part of a huge thing God is doing in our city. It’s God’s desire to move powerfully in Athens, and this student gathering is both catalytic and important. The prayers you pray matters. I believe God is going to do mighty awesome things because of our united fervent, focused prayer. As you pray, please pray big audacious prayers of faith for God to do what only He can do!!!

“You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our Savior!”
Psalm 65:5a NLT

Prayer Topics

Students
Pray by name for the students that came from your church that they would have a fresh encounter with God. The names of all the student at The Mix, by churches, have been handwritten on poster boards and plastered on the walls in the prayer room, as well as at the end of this prayer guide. As each student gets prayed for, a line will be drawn through their name with a highlighter pen.

Pray for salvation – that not one student would leave here without Christ (1 Timothy 4:12). Pray for the wandering children to come home (Luke 15:11-32). Pray for breakthroughs, for physical, emotional and spiritual healing, and reconciliation of relationships. Pray for new godly relationships to be forged. Pray that the students would be receptive to all that God wants to do in and through them. Pray for divine conversations between them and their leader. Pray for the students from other churches, as well as the students across the city. Ask God to do what only He can do and that every student would leave here different than when they arrived! Pray that the Father’s name would be made holy and that His kingdom would come powerfully and tangibly throughout The Mix. Pray that His will would be done among the thousands of students at The Mix. Feel free to pray scriptures over them. For example, Psalm 119:9, Galatians 5:19-23, Ephesians 1:16-18 (as well as the ones below).

Leaders
Pray for all the leaders that came with your church. Ask that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ask God to give them favor with their students and stamina to keep up with them. Ask God to create specific divine moments of dialog with each student in their care. Ask that God would give them courage to say what they need to say, in a way that the students will listen and hear. Ask God to be working in them, as well as in the students. Ask God to awaken first love in them, faith, hope, joy, purpose and fire in their bellies for His mission. Ask that not one leader who came would leave the same!

Volunteers
There are an army of volunteers who make The Mix possible. From the drivers, to the host homes, to the group leaders, to greeters and door openers, to production team and others. Please pray that God would bless each and every one of them as they serve this weekend. Ask God to pour back into them as they pour out into the students. Pray for protection on the roads and in the homes. Pray for health and stamina. Ask God to close every door where the enemy might try to attack, that where the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, God would release life, even super abundant life (John 10:10).

Worship
Pray for Paul Smith and FRVR FREE Worship as they lead worship throughout The Mix. Pray that it would be more than just songs, or intensity or emotional hype. Pray that students would powerfully and tangibly encounter God during the worship sets. Pray that the Kingdom would come and God’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven while worship is happening.

Speaker
Pray for Dan Lian. Ask God to anoint his speaking and breathe over every word that comes out of his mouth. Pray that the students would listen intently, eagerly and be willing to receive and respond as the Lord leads. Pray that God’s Word would not return void (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Here are the topics Dan will be speaking on, as well as the key verses and small group discussion questions for each session…

Misunderstanding:  Luke 15:1-7

  • What are some things that you’ve misunderstood about God?
  • What things did Dan’s message help you to see more clearly?
  • How will a clearer view of God change the way you follow him?

Creating Spaces: Mark 4:3-9

  • What things are currently filling space in your life?
  • Do you think you’ve given God enough space to create in your life?
  • Where could you make space in your heart/life for God to show you more of himself?

Pick up your cross: Mark 8:34-35

  • What does carrying your cross mean to you?
  • Are you truly willing to follow Jesus, even though it’s not going to be easy? Why?
  • Who do you have in your life to keep you accountable on your journey?

Churches in Athens
Pray for revival in each church across our city. Start with yours and the ones you know. Then include others from the list of churches (see below). Pray for your pastor to lead well, to grow in passionate love and faith in Jesus, for a hunger of God’s Word. Pray for your pastor to walk in integrity and purity. Pray for the other pastors in our city as well. Pray for the church leadership to have courageous faith, to be willing to try new things, and to mobilize the Body to reach out and disciple people in our city. Pray for unity in and among the churches in Athens. Pray for every wall of division between churches to come down, whether they are racial, gender, denominational, pride, offense or whatever! Pray that God would establish such unity among churches in Athens that He releases the commanded blessing that He promised would accompany it (Psalm 133).

Churches involved in The Mix
Over 30 churches and ministries from Athens (and a few from outside) are involved in The Mix. David wrote in Psalm 133 that it is good when we dwell together in unity, for in that place God commands (bestows and releases) a blessing, even life forevermore. That’s what is happening this weekend. The Mix is not an event, it is an expression of the unity that God is establishing in His churches in Athens. As such, we can ask Him to release His blessing upon us. Jesus said that when we are one as He and the Father are one, then the world will see and believe He is who He says He is (John 17:20-23). Please pray that God would command His blessing on these churches and ministries, even life forevermore (that is mass salvations and kingdom growth). Pray that this blessing would overflow and impact even the churches not involved in The Mix this year! Pray that The Mix would be catalytic and change the spiritual atmosphere in our city!!!

Here’s the churches and ministries involved in The Mix 2018… Alps Road Presbyterian Church, Antioch Christian Church, Ashford Church, Athens Church, Beech Haven Baptist Church, Briarwood Baptist Church, Chestnut Grove Baptist, Classic City Community Church, Comer Baptist Church, Corinth Church, Cornerstone, East Athens Baptist Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Grace Athens~, Grace Fellowship, Green Acres Baptist Church, Grove Chapel, Hebron Christian Church, Lexington Baptist, Life Church, Living Hope, Lord of Glory Fellowship~, Mars Hill Baptist Church, New Covenant Worship Center, Prince Avenue Baptist Church, Relentless Grace~, River Rock, River Hills Church, Salem Baptist Church, Sonlight Baptist Church, Sparrow’s Nest, St James UMC, Statham Community Church, Timothy Baptist Church~, Tuckston UMC, Vesta Baptist Church, Watkinsville First Baptist Church, Watkinsville First UMC, Campus Prayer~, Lampstand Ministries~, Wesley Foundation~

~ indicates churches/ministries that don’t have kids at The Mix but are leading prayer slots at The Mix Prayer Watch.

Families
Pray for the families of every student who are a part of The Mix.  Pray that the parents would be ready to help, even respond to the change in their children when they return from The Mix. Pray for God to increase His presence in each one of these homes! Pray for marriages to be miraculously reconciled and healed.  Pray for parent-child relationships to be restored. Pray for dads (and/or moms) to come home!

Campuses
As the students go back to school on Monday, be asking that God would fan a flame of revival on each of these campuses. Pray that these campuses would be turned upside down by the students who were impacted this weekend at The Mix.

Pray for the salvation and strengthening of the principals, faculty and teachers. Ask God to release a greater freedom and courage for these adult leaders to make way for a move of God on each campus. Pray for darkness to be shattered, the veil to be removed and light to increase dramatically in each school. Pray for a spiritual awakening so that every student on every campus would hear the Gospel without hindrance or distortion, in a way they can understand and be free to choose Jesus! Pray for increased angelic activity across the campuses in Athens. Call out each campus by name (see list below)!

Ask God for greater openness to spiritual things, for clouds of darkness to be displaced by the increasing light of Jesus and His presence on these campuses. Ask God for the students to have freedom to walk out their faith at their school. Please pray for each of these schools by name…

Athens Academy, Athens Christian School, Athens High and Industrial School, Athens Montessori School, Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, The Career Academy, Cedar Shoals High School, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central High School, Classic City High School, Coile Middle School, Hilsman Middle School, Lyons Middle School, Malcolm Bridge, Master’s Academy, Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, Oconee County Middle School, Westminster, and a bunch of home schools!

Key verses in praying for revival in Athens

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.

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.

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.

Revised: February 23, 2018

Prayer Watch – Summer 2017

PRAYER GUIDE
July 3 – September 1, 2017

“Fight the good fight of faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12a (NIV)

This summer we are having a prayer watch, and its focus is MEN! We’re praying that men would rise up across our city and fight for their families and marriages, to fight for their churches and for our city, AND to fight for their own personal courageous walk with Jesus Christ (against substance addictions, pornography, lust, fear, shame, selfishness, pride, etc.). Thanks for joining us! Thanks for being willing to pray for the men in your life! Thanks for praying for the men in our city!

Why prayer for men?

Obviously, women and children need prayer as well. And though we are focusing our prayer on men, we do so because when God gets a hold of a man’s heart, the impact ripples through everything they do, from their marriage to their family, their job, and their purpose and passion in life.

So here are some ways you can be praying these next eight weeks!

Pray for…

Men in your life (and if you’re a man, that includes you!)

  • Pray for those men you know who need a miracle! Whether it is for their healing, for their salvation, for their marriage, family, or broken relationship with their kids, siblings or parents. Ask audaciously for God to do what man can’t do! (Habakkuk 3:2)
  • Pray that their cold (or lukewarm) hearts would to be ignited with a passion for Jesus and come back to their first love (Revelation 2:4, 3:15-16).
  • Pray for purity of thought and deeds (Matthew 5:8, Hebrews 12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:5).
  • Pray that God would fan into flame the gifts that He has placed in their life (2 Timothy 1:6).
  • Pray that God would break the strongholds of money over their lives (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
  • Pray that these men would draw near to God as uninhibited, unashamed, warriors of prayer and worship (1 Timothy 2:8).
  • Pray that God would increase the faith in men to seek Him wholeheartedly and to please Him (Hebrews 11:6)

Men in Athens (and your city if you live elsewhere)

Many men need jobs. This affects their self-worth, and everyone around them. Jobs would help alleviate the high incidence of black men being arrested in Athens, as most of those being incarcerated are unemployed. Pray that God would release wisdom in our city that will increase jobs and place men in the right ones!

  • There are many men who have walked out on their marriages and families. Pray that God would draw them home to their wives & families.
  • Pray for the men who are in jail, homeless or on the run.
  • Pray for the men who are addicted to substances, gambling or pornography, sports, entertainment, etc.
  • Pray that God would pour out grace on those who are strong in the faith to invest in other men (2 Timothy 2:2).
  • Pray that men would commit themselves to the Lord, to their marriages & families, to their church and to those around them.
  • Pray that there would be a revival/awakening of men giving themselves 100% to the Lord, and to rise up as warriors for their marriages, families, jobs, church and our city!
  • Pray for pastors, especially as they work with and equip men to be warriors.

Fresh Wind Recovery Ministry

This is an eight-week 24/7 course for men who are recovering from various substance addictions. It starts on July 3 and is being held at Living Hope during the day. During off hours, the men will be housed (and supervised) together in a local venue. Staff members and prayer teams will pray with and for addicts every day. Addicts will worship and engage in several hours of Bible study each day. Addicts will learn about and give time each day serving others. For more information check out freshwindrecovery.org.

  • Pray for the men who are a part of it. Pray that God would meet them right where they are, and set them free. Pray that the chains of addiction would fall off of each addict.
  • Pray for those who will be leading it (Jerry Kizer and his team). There will be quite a few folks helping out, from Bible study teachers, to worship leaders, to prayer team members, to counselors, and others.
  • Pray that God would breathe on this ministry and allow it to be fruitful and ultimately impact (transform) multitudes of men across our city.
  • Pray for protection over each addict and leader, as well as over both the daytime and nighttime facilities.

The Heart of a Man

On Tuesday, July 25 at 7pm, Living Hope will be showing the soon to be released movie (in theaters this September), The Heart of a Man, which will be addressing specific issues men struggle with. Pastors, their spouses and key leaders are invited to this special showing. Justin Torrence, one of the actors in it, will be present to discuss how to use the movie to open up ministry opportunities. Please be praying that God would use this movie in our city to set men free from lust, shame, pornography, etc. To catch the preview trailer check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYDvRgj35OM

If you haven’t already done so, and would like to officially participate in the summer watch, please go to www.slottr.com/sheets/6659079.

If you need to be reminded of what time you signed up for (the slottr sign-up sheet is not allowing folks to see who has signed up), just let me know and I’ll check it for you.

Thank you for praying for men this summer. Your prayers matter to those men around you, as well as ones you may not meet this side of eternity! May the Lord meet you in tangible ways as you focus your prayers this summer! Please keep up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281/

Bless you heaps!
Steve

The Watch – Fall 16

August 1 through December 1

It has been an amazing year so far, and we are sensing the building of a wave! This time around The Watch will be going for four months. Whether you have done it before or this is your first time, grab one or more half hour slots and you will help fuel the move of God that is swelling up here in Athens.

You can participate whether you live in Athens, or New York, or anywhere else in the world!!

Over these four months, praying people are invited to commit to one or more 30 minute slot. Then each week watch and pray in that same time slot. A newly revised prayer guide will be emailed to you to aid your praying.

Sign up at www.slottr.com/sheets/1208006

Thank you for praying for Athens!!!

May the Lord pour out His blessing on your church and city as you bless ours!!!
Steve

Athens Prayer Watch 2016.

February 1 through May 1

We are witnessing a growing movement of prayer and we can sense the spiritual atmosphere over our city is shifting. Things are lining up for this to be an amazing year! And you have the opportunity to help make that happen! Your prayer matters, and whether you live in Athens, or California, or anywhere else in the world, you can participate in The Watch!!

Here’s an invite to join the next round of The Watch…

Sign ups for the next round of The Watch have begun. The next watch will start up when the current watch concludes on February 1

Over these coming three months, folks are invited once again to commit to one or more 30 minute slot. Then each week watch and pray in that same time slot. A new revised prayer guide will be provided to help keep the focus. 

Sign up at www.slottr.com/sheets/559722

Once again… thank you for praying for Athens!!! And may the Lord pour out His blessing on your church and city as you bless ours!!!
Steve

The Athens Watch – Prayer Guide

November 1, 2015 – February 1, 2016

Jesus invited His disciples to watch and pray with Him. He is doing the same thing with us today. He is calling His church to wake up and pray, like never before. He is asking you, “will you keep watch with Me?” To watch means “to be vigilant, to be alert, to be watchful.” To watch for thirty minutes is more than just telling God all the things that you are thinking about or is concerning to you. What happens when you watch and pray is you look to see what God wants to show you, you listen to what He desires to say and you respond however He leads you. Don’t be in a rush to get through the list. But do expect Him to watch with you! Also understand that you are diving into an ongoing conversation, so listen before you speak.

This is a prayer guide to help you do just that over these three month of continuous prayer. Please use this as a guide, not as a legal document that must be walked through step by step. Ultimately, it is our desire that you feel great joy and freedom in watching with Jesus.

Worship

Begin your time with some praise. This is how we climb up the wall to take our place. Psalm 100:4 says to “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, go into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4). Dedicate this prayer slot to Him and to whatever He wants you to focus on.

Lay down your personal prayer burdens

Take a few minutes to unload the things you normally pray about or carry or things that are occupying your thoughts (check out 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6-7).

Listen

Take a several moments to be still before the Lord. Ask Him to lead you through this prayer time. Romans 8:26-27 makes it clear that we do not know how to pray what is on the Father’s heart. But the Spirit does, and He will help us if we ask Him to.

Confess your sin

Confession is a powerful weapon. Start with asking God to forgive you of all known and hidden sin. Then move out to that of the church and this city (check out Daniel 9:4 and 1 John 1:9). We can’t intercede effectively for things that we haven’t surrendered in our own life.

Your church and pastors

Take some time to pray that God would fill the church that you belong to. Pray specifically for the pastor. Ask God to release favor, wisdom, courage and stamina. Ask God to refresh his soul. Ask God to bless and protect his marriage. Pray for all the pastors on staff at your church.

Other churches in Athens

Take some time to pray for other churches and pastors that you know here in Athens. Ask God to richly bless them with life, power, protection, passion and more of Him.

Other ministries in Athens

Pray for the other ministries in Athens such as Sparrows Nest, the Launch Group, International Student ministries, Athens School of Ministry & Worship Arts, etc.

The lost

Pray for the salvation of everyone that you know – friends, family, neighbors, classmates, dorm mates, co-workers – who don’t know Christ… Pray the veil that the enemy has used to keep people blinded to the gospel in our city would be worn thin, torn and removed (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Pray for the gospel to reach open ears and responsive hearts in Athens. It’s God’s desire that all be saved and prayer is linked to that (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

Families

Pray for father’s to come home, for marriages to be restored, for families to be reconciled in Athens. Ask God to provide jobs for those who are out of work, and to expose hidden sins (i.e. pornography) to set the captives free. Pray that fathers’ hearts would be turned toward their children and children’s hearts back to their parents (Malachi 4:5-6). Pray for reconciliation within marriages.

Children and youth

Pray that God would pour out His Spirit on the schools in this city. Pray that classrooms would become incubators of faith instead of being toxic, that teachers would be free to live and share their faith. Pray for the schools that you know of, asking God to do what He needs to do to release revival there. Bless the administrators, faculty and teachers. Pray for the children’s and student ministries in churches in Athens, that God would raise up creative, faithful, lovers of Jesus to volunteer.

Colleges

Historically colleges are conduits for moves of God (and negative things as well). Pray specifically for Athens Tech, Piedmont, UGA, and UNG, that God would prepare the way for a powerful movement that will sweep through these places, through Athens and then beyond.

Freshmen class

Over 5,000 freshmen started classes this Fall. Many are feeling displaced, perhaps lonely and overwhelmed. They are in need of Christian friends, and places to connect. Pray that followers of Christ will continue to connect with them and invite them to local churches and to campus ministries. Pray that there would be a dynamic move of God in this freshmen class.

Campus ministries

Thank God for each of these (and others you know about). Pray for them as well as their directors and staff – Athletes in Action, Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Connection Café (Prince Avenue Baptist), InterVarsity, Navigators, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Wesley Foundation, Worldwide Discipleship. Also pray for the churches that have a strong focus on college students – Athens Church (The Warehouse), Grace Athens, Watkinsville First Baptist Church (WFBC), etc.

City Government

Pray for the mayor, and all those who govern our city. Pray for the police, fire departments and all who serve us. Pray for the hospital, asking that in all these places, from city hall to the community hall, that God would move in power, drawing all people to Him.

Revival

Bottom line, we’re asking God to come take His place in our city. See 2 Chronicles 7:14 for requirements.

Praise

Finish your time with a few moments of praise, thanking Him for helping you pray, for hearing your prayers, and for the answers that are coming!

Lastly

Bless the person who will be engaging in the next prayer slot. Check the Athens Prayer Network Facebook group to keep track of what others are hearing and praying through. Be sure to add your thoughts, words and prayer focuses that you got during your watch. By doing this everyone keeps in step! Thanks!!!

May God sustain you and bless you tremendously for taking part in this Prayer Watch over Athens!

Watch Sign Ups Begin

It’s time to get your slot for The Athens Prayer Watch. Remember you will be praying in that same slot over the next three months starting the week of November 1. You can pray by yourself, with a friend or even as a group, from wherever you are at.

To sign up go to www.slottr.com/sheets/411933

We will be putting together a reserve team of those who want to step in when others are unable to do their slot (i.e. sick, heading out of town, getting married…). They will be our on-call team. Sign ups will start for that once we get a little momentum for the Watch itself.

Huge blessings to you as you take your place on the wall in Athens!!!

Athens Prayer Watch Update

The Watch leadership team is so excited!!! We all sense that God is about to birth some awesome things in our city and we are simply thrilled to be a part of it. Nevertheless, the battle is real, so please stay alert. Expect attack but don’t accept it! We have authority, and though the enemy will challenge it, God’s purposes will prevail. The battle belongs to the Lord, but nevertheless, there is a battle we are engaging in. Stand firm, brothers and sisters!!!

Here’s some details about the upcoming watch. Please pass the word and stir it up!!!

1. The Athens Prayer Watch begins on Sunday, November 1

2. Training day and united prayer on Saturday, October 24 / 10am to noon
Venue: Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
The focus this day will be to prepare for the Watch, give tips on how to do the Watch, and worship/pray together. It’s a day of vision and connection!

3. Sign ups begin on Saturday, October 10
The link to sign up will be sent out first thing that day. If you don’t get it, please check back here for it!

Future prayer training opportunities to write in your calendar…

Friday, November 13 / 7 to 9pm
Venue: Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
This evening will provide an opportunity to connect with other praying people across Athens, pray/worship together and receive some practical prayer watch training. By the way, all these training events are for everyone, not just those involved in the watch.

Friday, December 11 / 7 to 9pm
Venue: Cornerstone
This will be another evening mid way through our three month watch. We want to encourage the prayer watch team and strengthen one another through practical prayer tips and praying together.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 / 8:30am to 5pm
Venue: Cornerstone
This is an all day prayer training seminar called New Year New Heart. We plan to include Watch training and prayer together in sessions.

Little details…

I will continue to post things (i.e. prayer focuses and opportunities) on the APN Facebook group. We will soon be expanding this APN website to include regular WATCH postings.

This time around each slot will close once someone signs up for it. Then once all the slots are filled we will re-open the slots for multiple watchmen.

We will also be looking for a reserve team, that is, folks who would be willing to step in if/when others are not able to make their given slot. These may be people who are unable to do the weekly slot, but would be willing to be on call as needed.

Please be praying that God would prepare His people and call them to take their place on the wall. Be listening to what He will have you to do!!!

Thanks for your prayer partnership for Athens!
Steve

athensprayernetwork@gmail.com