My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one! Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!” Song of Songs 2:10-13 (NLT)
A new season is upon us. The Watch turns the corner into the final month. Several incredible prayer opportunities lay before us. Take time to breathe in the newness of the season (not just the pollen). Ask God to show you where, when and what you are to pray. Press into Him. May the Lord reveal Himself and bless you intimate partnership with Him this month! He longs for you to partner with Him in great exploits for our city! Thanks for praying for Athens, in such a time as this!!!
The Athens Prayer Watch – Nearly non-stop prayer over Athens
Started February 1, concludes May 1
Details: We are now two thirds of the way through our third Prayer Watch. As we wrap up this last of three months there is still time to join in. People are still signing up for one or more 30 minute slot, then watching and praying from wherever they are in that same slot each week. At this point there are 126 half hour slots (out of 336). This focused intentional prayer is impacting the spiritual atmosphere over Athens. For more details and to sign up check out www.slottr.com/sheets/559722
Saturday, April 9 / 5 to 7pm
Athens Link – 1050 Baxter, Athens 30606
Details: In conjunction with Azusa Now (AzusaNow2016.com) and United Cry (unitedcry.org), we are gathering to unite in crying out for revival in Athens and across the USA. So if you can’t make it to LA or to DC, please join us in Athens.
Pastors Prayer Summit
Wednesday, April 13 / 9 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, Athens, GA 30606
Details: This is a tremendous opportunity to come together as pastors and ministers from across Athens, as whole pastoral and ministry teams (including interns), to connect and pray together. We make new friends as well as circle up with others doing the same thing. Intercessors are invited to join us as an on-site prayer covering for the day. Please mark your calendar and begin to pray for this important event!
Friday, April 15 / 7 to 9:30pm and Saturday, April 16 / 9am to noon
Calvary Bible – 2026 South Milledge Ave Athens, GA 30605
Details: SENDathens is a coalition of local churches and ministries committed to sending Christ-followers to bless the nations with his love & truth. They love the city and create environments for doing more together than we could do alone. This is one of those environments. The SENDathens Conference is a gathering open to anyone in the community interested in missions and seeing disciples of Jesus from every people group in the world. They are looking for both people to attend the conference, but just as important, people who will be in prayer for the conference.
For more information on the SENDathens movement or to register for the conference go to www.sendathens.com
Saturday, April 16 / 10am to noon
UGA Arch – Corner of Broad Street and College Avenue, Downtown Athens
Details: This is our monthly ‘organized’ prayer walk. Each one of these prayer walks are quite unique and exciting. We do it rain or shine, hot or cold, and literally we have done in all those conditions. We meet at the arch and go from there. Please join us as we walk the paths at UGA and/or streets downtown, crying out for God to break forth. Even if you can’t walk you are welcome to come and find a place near the arch and pray! If you are not able to be with us on site, please grab a few moments to pray for Athens and/or UGA from wherever you are at.
Sunday, April 17 / 9:15 to 11pm
Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 N. Milledge Ave., Athens 30601
Details: College students from multiple campus ministries and churches join together as an expression of unity, crying out for God to move in our city and on the campus! This is a great opportunity to pray with college students from other backgrounds and churches. If you are not a student, please be praying for the college students.
Prayer for Middle East
Wednesday, April 20 / noon to 1pm
Classic City Ministry Center – 386 N. Milledge Ave., Athens 30601
Details: This is a great opportunity to pray for the people affected by the conflict in Syria and throughout the Middle East. Everyone is welcome!!! And if you can’t come, please pray for Israel and the Middle East from wherever you are at.
Prayer for the Nations
Thursday, April 21 / Noon to 1:00pm
The Connection Cafe – 723 Baxter Street, Athens
Details: This opportunity to pray for the nations with others from across Athens is hosted by the Athens Sending Movement (ASM). Please join us if you can, to ask God to open up the doors for those in other nations to hear about His Son Jesus Christ. For more details contact Jimmy Richardson at 706-340-2102
Athens House of Prayer – official opening
Sunday, May 1 / immediately following the 10:30am service
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
Details: Living Hope will be officially opening their House of Prayer and are inviting praying people from across Athens to join in with them in this dedication and celebration! We plan to have prayer gatherings in the house of prayer in the not so distant future. Be watching for details.
National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 5 / all day
Across Athens and beyond
Details: Prayer opportunities start with the early morning breakfast at The Classic Center featuring Pat Allen. There will be on site prayer during the day (including the court house steps at noon). And we will be finishing up the day with a citywide prayer gathering at Cornerstone with pastors from various churches facilitating the prayer. Mark your calendar and dive in wherever you can! For more information check out… http://acmin.org/National-Day-of-Prayer
The Athens Prayer Watch
During the summer months, we will be taking a break from the formal on-going prayer watch over Athens. We encourage you to keep praying in your slot, but feel free to change it up, or take a break. But please keep on praying! We will be launching again on August 1, with sign ups starting in July. Over the summer months we will have several prayer vigil / activities in various locations. More details coming very soon!