|“In the morning, O LORD, hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3 (NIV)|
When you pray, do wait before God in expectation? So often our prayers become rote, conveyor belt requests that we dump at God’s feet before running off to the activities of our day. Do you realize that God is waiting to hear your voice? He gives ear to your every request! As you take your desires, needs, concerns and requests to Him, know that He has heard you and will respond. The answer doesn’t always come the way we want it, or think it will, or in your timing, but know this… God faithfully answers your prayers with awesome deeds (Psalm 65:5 – NLT). So, ask every morning keep asking throughout the day (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and wait with expectation confident that He is going to do awesomely because of your prayer! There is much stirring going on regarding this Fall. Continue to cry out for God to move in our city. Believe that your prayers matter. And wait before God to do amazingly in your life, family, church, school and city in these coming weeks!
Here are some great opportunities to pray with expectation before God, together with others across Athens, asking Him to increase His presence in our city.
By the way, every day we try to post something on the APN Facebook page. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points and prayer inspirations. It is definitely worth checking out daily to help stay connected with what God is doing in our city!
Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, August 1 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington, Athens 30605
Re-converging after a crazy awesome summer, Student Pastors meet up to pray with and for each other. Please join us as we launch into this Fall season and all that comes with it. Pray for each of these Student Pastors – for their spiritual wellbeing, passion, faith and wisdom to lead their ministry. Pray for all the volunteers, interns and staff working with students. Pray for the students returning to school – for conviction and passion of faith, for godly friends and boldness to make good decisions. Pray for momentum and traction for each Student ministry. Pray for revival on every campus across Athens and the greater Athens area!
Back to School Prayer Vigil
Friday & Saturday, August 2 & 3 / 6pm to 6pm
UGA Wesley Prayer Chapel – 1196 S Lumpkin, Athens 30605
This is an amazing opportunity for believers in Athens to come and pray for all the students going back to school, from kindergarten through college. Over a 24-hour period, 23 different groups, and hundreds of praying people will pass through to pray for their kids, the kids from their church and even kids they don’t know. This will have a profound impact on the campuses across Athens. Whether your group is signed up for a slot or not, you are welcome to come at any time during the 24 hours. Please join us!!!
Campus Ministries Leadership Prayer
Tuesday, August 6 / 9 to 11am
Christ Community Church – 890 Boulevard, Athens 30601
Each year the leaders (directors, staff, interns and volunteers) from the various UGA campus ministries come together to pray with and for each other for the new school year. These are amazing times of standing together in unity as brothers and sisters on the same team crying out for God to do awesomely on our campus this coming year! Please join us!
Pray for Gaines
Saturday, August 10 / 9 to 10am
Gaines Elementary School – 900 Gaines School Road, Athens 30605
We have been given an amazing, even unprecedented opportunity to PRAY FOR GAINES. The incoming principal of Gaines Elementary (Luther McDaniel) has invited us to encircle the school in prayer. We are having a large citywide prayer gathering on site at the school. Wherever you live in Athens, we’d love for you and your church to be a part of this strategic, ground shaking gathering! Please join us!
Prayer Walking at UGA
Saturday, August 10 / 11am to just before 1pm
UGA Arch – Corner of Broad Street and College Ave
This month we will once again hit the pavement at UGA on the second Saturday (please note the time has been adjusted for our Pray for Gaines event). Our cry is for God to do His will, completely and powerfully, in Athens. If you are able, please come and join in with other folks from across our city to ask God to do awesomely! Every prayer walk is pretty beautifully unique, and always amazing! We meet up at the UGA Arch and go from there. Whether you have never been on a prayer walk before, or you’re a veteran intercessor, or like most of us, somewhere in-between, you are totally welcome to join us as we walk, talk and pray for revival at UGA, across Athens, and beyond.
All Campus Worship & Prayer Night
Sunday, August 11 / 7 to 9pm
Georgia Theater – 215 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601
UGA Wesley and Grace Athens will be hosting this amazing gathering. College students and others are invited to a time of prayer and worship. It will be an awesome night as we shake the heavens and our city with songs for the Lord. God is moving in Athens and we want to begin the year with hosting His presence. Please join us as we start the new season off with a loud shout to the Lord!!!
Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, August 12 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
Though this is not a closed group, it is definitely not for everyone. It is specifically for those who are intercessors in Athens (whether veteran or pretty new at it), to come together, connect, network, get equipped and pray for and with each other. If you’re interested in being a part of it, please let me know.
Wednesday, August 14 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, Athens 30606
This group of senior pastors is a beautiful expression of the unity that God is expanding in Athens. Each month we come together to share our lives with each other. Please take time to pray for your pastor while we are meeting, from wherever you are at. Ask God to bless, refresh, encourage, protect and provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Pray that God would guard and deepen the unity He has established in Athens among these pastors. Ask God to meet each of these spiritual gatekeepers of Athens right where they are, and give them all it takes to stay connected to God and run strongly as we step into a new season!
Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, August 15 / 9 to 10am
Watkinsville First Baptist Church – 1610 Simonton Bridge Rd, Watkinsville, 30677
Every month, the amazing leaders who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray for and with each other. 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 Athens. Pray that God would give them heavenly wisdom and supernatural joy as they keep the systems operating smoothly and effectively (or set up new ones) for Kingdom growth in our city. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need to be prepared for what’s coming this fall.
Begins Monday, August 19 / noon to 1pm
UGA Tate – room 480
Once again, we will be providing a context for students and others to come together from various ministries and local churches to pray on campus for each other and for revival at UGA. Please join us for some or all of this weekly gathering, starting Monday, August 19.
Campus Ministry Directors Prayer
Begins Monday, August 19 / 3 to 4:30pm
Campus View Church – 1360 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605
Once again, the directors of the various campus ministries at UGA come together every week to pray, and share life. This are powerful opportunities for us to build unity and stand with each other as we fight the good fight for the kingdom of God on our campus. Please pray for these campus leaders as they catch the wave that the Holy Spirit is stirring up on the campus.
Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, August 21 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
This monthly gathering is for those who lead the small groups ministries at their church. It is in the small group context that life and growth happen the best. Please pray for those who lead the groups ministries in our city. Many are preparing for launching a new season of groups at their church. Pray for the groups’ leaders to be ready. Pray for people to be drawn into the right groups. Pray that the groups ministries in Athens would be healthy and strong!
Prayer for the Middle East & Israel
Friday, August 23 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
This is a monthly opportunity to focus prayer with others for important issues in the Middle East. Most often there are reports from missionaries who are on the ground in the Middle East, to help direct the prayer. Please join in as we press into God on behalf of this precious region of the world. And if you cannot physically be at this gathering, please take time on this day to pray for the Middle East.
Ongoing and inspirational…
Athens Daily Prayer Texts
All across Athens area
These Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every day at 8am (ET). If you have not yet hooked up with these prayer-focusing messages, please sign up by texting @athenspray to 81010. This is an amazing way to stand in unified, focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!
Pastors Racial Unity Gatherings
Thursday, September 26 & November 21 / 10am to noon
For more (and up to date) stuff…
There are often more prayer things happening in Athens than listed here. And some activities may change. To find out the latest please check out www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281/
Bless you heaps!!!