Monday & Tuesday, May 11-12, 2020 / 7pm to 7pm
Thank you for joining us in preparation for Pentecost 2020. We are believing that God is stirring the body of Christ with much “spiritual chatter” and that Pentecost 2020 is quite significant! We are on the eve of a new era. We are crossing over into a place we have never been. This 24-hour prayer watch is the beginning of our intentional and intensive preparations this month as we cry out for God to prepare our hearts, homes and church for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Please use this prayer guide as a launch pad for wherever the Spirit would lead you. The prayer points are specific thing various intercessors in our city have been praying and discerning.
Ready and Waiting
Jesus, resurrected, appeared to the disciples to remind them He must fulfill the words of the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures and commissioned them to proclaim repentance and receive the promise of power (the Holy Spirit). As we pray ask God to reveal Himself, give us grace and conviction to repent, and power to align with His Truth and Promises wholeheartedly.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Ask God to open our minds and convict our hearts in each area we are not yet fully surrendered to Him. Write down anything He reveals to you, and use that with the following to direct prayers of repentance and realignment.
“He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.” Job 12:22
In our homes and our hearts, let’s ask God to reveal idols that hold our attention or affection. Anything that steals our passion and affection making us idle or numb toward God in any way must be destroyed.
Independence, Information, Sexuality, Working for God, Football, Success, Routine, Family Heirlooms, News, Status, Promotion, Standards set by anyone other than God, Scrapbooks, Gifts, anything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ must be surrendered that Christ alone may be seated on the throne of our lives (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Let us seek God’s divine order in the structure of our lives and thinking. Where we have set our own priorities, ask for revelation and a divine re-ordering. Even in practical areas of decision making and time management, let’s ask God to re-set our thinking in alignment with His. (Matt 6:33)
Seeking revival, “He must become greater, I must become less” (John 3:30). Let us ask God to reveal and rid us of pride, that we may empty ourselves before God to allow Him our whole hearts and our whole lives. Ask for our whole city to be rid of self and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Ask God to reveal areas of doubt or unbelief in our hearts. Ask Him to shine light into every dark or shadowed place that we may receive faith to stand His ground (Mark 9:24, James 1:6, Ephesians 5:13, 6:13). Ask for grace to trust Him in every area we are not to know times fixed by the Father (Acts 1:7). Jesus spoke peace to the disciples in the waiting (John 14:27, John 20:26) ask God to renew our peace in Christ Jesus as we wait in faith and trust.
Ask God to expose areas of shame. Where we allow accusation to deny us access to God, ask God to reveal the power of Jesus’s blood. Ask God to speak affirmation and faith into us that we may continue in Him instead of running or attempting to measure up in our own strength (1John 2:28).
2 Chronicles 6:38-40, Numbers 14:17-24
In all areas God has revealed, let us repent for ourselves and our churches and city.
Turn toward God in His holiness – acknowledging His righteousness to judge (Psalm 9:8, Psalm 96:13), power to forgive (Isaiah 55:7), and kindness to accept our repentance (Romans 2:4).
Ask for forgiveness – as specifically as you can, ask God to cleanse us with hyssop (Psalm 51:7) and separate us from this sin as far as east is from west (Psalm 103:12).
Forgive those who have sinned against us specifically in these areas be it personally or against the church or city (Matthew 6:14-15, Romans 2:1).
Break Agreement with any lie or question that sets itself up against what we know about God (2 Cor 10:5) that we may agree with the Truth (John 8:32).
Many have been hearing about a chiropractic adjustment for the Church, a need to realign the Body to be more fully in-sync with God as we move into a greater outpouring of His Spirit.
Let’s ask God to realign every joint within the Body of Christ- that each part would work in greater unity, with greater ease, and each pulling its proper weight, fully releasing that which should be pulled by another. (Ephesians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 12:23-26)
Let’s ask God to recalibrate our thinking in full alignment and agreement with His especially in regard to our identity (Colossians 2:1-10). Pray for a spirit of sonship to fully destroy the orphan spirit as the heart of the Father is revealed (Galatians 4:6). Ask for God’s grace to cover us as “we put on the new self, created to be like God in righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:17-24).
Ask God to heal and restore our trust in authority, forgiving our rebellion. In any area of pain, abuse, deception, mistrust or betrayal, ask God to come and restore the years the locusts/plagues have eaten (Joel 2:25). Ask for families, classrooms, congregations, offices, friend groups to experience the safety of God’s authority, that we may willingly submit to those God places above us trusting Him to lead us (Romans 13:1).
As Intercessors, we are forerunners who run before proclaiming and preparing the way for God as He graciously moves. Take a few moments to look at what God has been doing in you over the last few weeks and thank Him because what you have been doing matters. Ask God to increase the scale of that work among us, to make widespread the work to which we are already witnesses. Ask in great faith that God will do that very work in others again and again. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
To go before we must be willing to do the work first, to fight before others even know there is a fight. Let us ask for humility and compassion to clothe and protect intercessors and prophets in these days (1 Peter 5:5). Ask God to root us in love and humility so that we do not become a stumbling block of judgement or pride in our city. (Leviticus 19:14, Ezekiel 3:20, Romans 14:13).
As we seek to prepare the way in our city, let us ask God to prepare the way in the Spirit. Ask God to send angels to weed out sin (Matthew 13:41), shift the atmosphere releasing hope and announcing His coming in our city.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
As we have responded to God revealing areas in need of repentance and realignment, let us ask Him to reveal life, love, and glory. Ask God to speak and reveal Himself (John 6:60-63).
Revelation of the Lamb
Jesus completely fulfilled the law of sacrifice as He took our sins on the cross. Ask God to reveal the fullness of Christ’s sacrifice and the power of His authority as the Lamb of God (Genesis 22, Leviticus 16, Matthew 27).
Jesus stands in Revelation as the only one worthy to open the scrolls and release the will of God on the earth. Let’s ask God to reveal Jesus as the worthy lamb who stands in Righteousness (Revelation 5).
Revelation of the Father
Jesus spent much of His ministry revealing the Father to a people who knew Him primarily as King. Let’s ask Jesus to do this work of revealing the Father to each of us, restoring our hearts in adoption, belonging and inheritance (Rom 8:23).
Prepare the Body for the Holy Spirit
The apostles had left their lives behind, spent much time with Christ, trusted His Word and received His commission but sat waiting for His Spirit to clothe them with power. Let’s ask God to do the work in the Body that remains to ready us for Him.
Ask God to cleanse us through repentance that the Body would experience the reality of new life in Christ. Ask for a greater death to self, deeper repentance, cleansing of unrighteousness, surrender, time with Jesus, renewed trust in His Word, agreement with His calling, etc.
Ask God to anoint us for new Life and Living, baptizing us in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5, 2:37-39).
In Acts 2, as the Believers were gathered on the day of Pentecost, “they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit, (2:4)” Ask God to pour forth His Spirit on all mankind – in every sector of our city – families, churches, offices, all ages, all races that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:17-21).
Ask God to stir in every heart a continual devotion to the apostles teaching, the breaking of bread, and to prayer, that we will all live in awe seeing many wonders and signs taking place (Acts 2:42-47).
Ask God to put in place the shepherds (pastors, teachers, leaders) in our city who will receive His Spirit and Power and follow His leadership leaving not one sheep without a shepherd (Acts 1:20-26, Numbers 27:16-17). Ask God to give each shepherd dreams, visions, and people who will help them discover and discern the will of God for their flock. Ask for greater trust and unity among pastors and intercessors, prophets and teachers.
Ask God to design and inspire systems (discipleship, disciplines, interpersonal follow-up, online platforms, new ideas) that will allow the Body to grow and sustain abundant fruit and affection for Jesus. Ask God for nets that will not tear. (Luke 5:6)
Ready the Body for Greater Anointing
Thank God for His generosity (Proverbs 3:9-10, James 1:5&17). He is a giver of good gifts (Luke 11:13).
Ask God to pour out the anointing necessary for obedience and faithfulness throughout the Body – that every person of every age will experience the supernatural power of God as they walk in obedience and faithfulness to His Word and his gifts (Deuteronomy 5:33).
Ask God to reveal people in every gift and sphere of influence that the Body may walk in greater maturity and unity mentoring and developing one another as the family of God increases (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Awaken the Remnant, the Bride
Ask God to pour out His grace choosing for Himself a remnant who will stand as a testimony of God’s faithfulness and power (Romans 11:5-6)
Ask God to stir our hearts with longing for the Bridegroom, Jesus. Ask God to awaken all who slumber (Matthew 25:7), to clothe us in righteousness (Revelation 19:8), and to unite our hearts and voices with the Spirit (Revelation 22:17).
Let us ask that all who have been waiting and listening for the bridegroom will be filled with joy in His coming. Ask God to complete our joy as we wait and listen for Jesus. (John 3:29)
Ask God to awaken confidence in the Bride that she has favor and authority before Him. Ask God to strengthen the Bride that she may stand firm appealing to the heart of Heaven with compassion for our city (Esther 4:8).
Like a pregnant woman cannot rush the life promised within her, God will not rush revival. As we close, let us ask God to grant us the grace to wait in faith (Psalm 46:10, Luke 18:1,7-8, 2 Peter 3:9).
Pray over our other preparation activities this month
We are inviting Followers of Christ to join us in a Daniel Fast from May 21 to 30. More details shortly!
We are calling the Citywide Church in Athens to a 24-Hour Pre-Pentecost Watch on the eve of Pentecost, starting Friday May 29 at 7pm and concluding Saturday May 30 at 7pm. Pentecost is May 31. To sign up for a ONE HOUR slot go to… https://www.slottr.com/sheets/18251114
As you wrap up your time, please be sure to thank God for hearing and answering your prayers with awesome deeds (Psalm 65:5 NLT). Feel free to continue to pray these topics through this month and we prepare for what God is about to reveal and do among us! Thank you for investing in prayer at such a time as this! It really does make a difference!
Be listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church throughout this month!