“One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show them that they should always pray and never give up… But when the Son of Man returns how many will He find on earth who have faith?” Luke 18:1&8b (NLT)
Jesus told His Disciples a parable to teach them to always pray and not give up. He tells them about an unjust judge who fears neither man or God, but because a woman, a widow, kept nagging him he succumbs to her request. Then Jesus says how much more will our Heavenly Father answer His “chosen ones” who cry out to Him day and night. Who? That’s us! Doing what? Continually crying out to Him, day and night. No wonder Paul wrote that we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17).
Then Jesus wraps His story with a piercing challenge. Will the Son of Man find faith on earth? He was talking about our need to pray, always, continually and never giving up, then He throws out a statement about when He returns will He find His people walking by faith. The question is directed at us! Our faith is expressed through our prayers. The reality is, a life of limited prayer is proof of a life of little faith! And it’s not just whether we’re praying or not, it is the size of our prayer that reveals the depth of our faith. The size of your prayer reveals the size of your God! What are you asking God for? What does your prayer reveal about YOUR faith? Do you pray little prayers to your little God or big audacious prayers revealing your faith in a great BIG God? We want Jesus to return to find faith on earth, and it all starts with each one of us. So pray, pray big and pray continually, not giving up, so that Jesus will indeed find faith on earth when He returns!
Here are some opportunities to pray big prayers with others this month. Please press into God and do not give up!!!
Note… There will be no Groups Pastors or Executive Pastors Prayer in December. We will reconvene in January!
Citywide Prayer Leaders Gathering
Friday, December 1 / 9:30 to 11am
Cornerstone (Athens Prayer Center) – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
This is our monthly gathering (usually on the last Friday of the month) for those who lead (or facilitate) prayer ministries in Athens. These are amazing gatherings that provide an awesome opportunity to connect, hear what God is saying to each other and to pray together. Please pray for these strategic citywide prayer leaders (especially the ones you know), asking God to take them deeper and deeper in their own walk with Jesus and that out of this intimate place, lead their prayer ministries forward into the coming harvest! Pray that God would continue to raise up more prayer leaders and more prayer ministries in our city!
Sunday, December 3 / 9:15 to 10:30pm
Classic City Church Ministry Center – 386 N. Milledge Avenue, Athens 30601
This is a monthly gathering of college students (only) lead by college students from across the campus ministries and various local churches coming together to pray. Please join them in praying for revival & awakening on the UGA campus.
Worship Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, December 6 / 9 to 10am
Tuckston UMC – 4175 Lexington Road, Athens GA 30606
Worship plays such a huge part in our prayer and expression of faith. Those who lead worship in our city are in such a visibly influential place. On the first Wednesday of each month worship pastors from around Athens meet up to pray for and with each other and for the worship ministries across our region. Often these worship leaders will bring a song to share that they have recently written. Please join us in praying from wherever you are, asking God to release greater anointing upon the worship leaders in your church and across our city. Ask God for new songs, new intensity, new passion and even miracles in the context of worship in the churches across our city. Ask Him for a greater grace to worship Him in our city!
Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 7 / 9 to 10am
Beech Haven Baptist – 2390 W. Broad Street, Athens, GA 30605
On the first Thursday of each month student pastors from around Athens meet up to pray for and with each other and for the student ministries in our region. Please continue to pray for a fresh move of His Spirit on all the Middle School and High School campuses in Athens. Pray for greater favor on each of the campuses across Athens. Pray that unity between student ministries (and student pastors) would continue to gain momentum. Ask for more student leaders to rise up in preparation of the coming harvest! Please be crying out for God to bring everything together for TheMix18 that’s coming up in February. This year we are adding a much more intense prayer covering, expecting this to be the best one yet! See below for more details.
Prayer Walking at UGA
Saturday, December 9 / 10am to just before noon
UGA Arch – Corner of Broad Street and College Ave
Rain or shine, heat or cold (and it could be anything), we hit the ground praying. We meet up at the UGA Arch and go from there. This is a monthly opportunity (usually the second Saturday) to join in with other prayer warriors from across our city to focus prayer on the campus and our city. These are always pretty amazing times of prayer!!! You are most welcome to join us as we walk, talk and pray for revival at UGA, across Athens, and beyond.
Wednesday, December 13 / 9 to 10am
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens GA 30605
Senior Pastors carry a tremendous spiritual load. This monthly gathering on the second Wednesday is for Senior Pastors from around Athens to meet up to encourage and pray for and with each other. God continues to give us an amazing and unique grace for unity in Athens. Please pray that God would protect the unity that He is already established and that it would continue to deepen and grow wider. Be praying that your pastor would be able to be a part of it. Also pray that more intercessors would rise up to pray for the pastors across our city. Continue to pray for an increase in the intensity of prayer for your pastor. Pray that God would meet with them to refresh and renew them. Pray that God would show them if/where they have drifted away from their first love. Pray for their protection in the battle. Pray for their marriages and their families. Ask God to give them strength, encouragement and stamina. Ask God to give them wisdom and revelation that they would know Him better (Ephesians 1:17) and that they would lead and minister from that place of intimacy with Jesus. And ask God for a greater measure of joy, peace, rest and faith to be released over them and their ministry!
Prayer for the Middle East
Wednesday, December 13 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
This is the monthly gathering of focused prayer for the Middle East and Israel. There are often updates from the Middle East, that lead to very specific praying. Everyone is welcome to join us as we pray for Israel and the conflict in the Middle East. Please pray for the Kingdom of God to advance in Israel and across the Middle East!
Sunday, December 24 and 25
Across the city
Christmas is one of a few times in the year those who may not normally go to church would be willing to if they are invited. So pray that followers of Christ across our city would be praying for those they are to invite, and then be bold to actually do it! Pray that there would be a grace over the invitees and that they would respond affirmatively and come to the services. Pray that worship leaders, preachers and others would prepare well. And pray that the services across Athens would be filled to capacity with both man and God! Pray that this year, there would be hundreds, even thousands surrendering to Christ in the various services in Athens over Christmas!
Ongoing and inspirational…
Athens Daily Prayer Texts
All across Athens area
These Daily Prayer Texts are short messages sent to your cell phone every morning at 8am. Each text includes a brief bible verse and a focus for praying. To sign up all you need to do is text @athenspray to 81010 and you’ll start getting these inspirational, prayer focusing texts right away.
All Campus Prayer
Thursday, January 4, 2018 / 7 to 8pm
UGA (venue still to be confirmed)
What an awesome way to kick off the school year with gathering together with other students from the various campus ministries and local churches to pray on the first day back in class!!! We’ll be meeting for one hour for worship and unified prayer for revival on the UGA campus in 2018! Please mark your calendar and join us.
New Year New Heart
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
A prayer seminar put on by Athens College of Ministry. Cost for this all-day seminar is $30 with lunch included! For more info… http://www.acmin.org/New-Year-New-Heart
Friday, January 26, 2018 / 8 to 9am
UGA Tate Center
This new ministry provides a context for students and others (i.e. faculty) from across UGA and various churches in Athens to come together on campus to pray for and with one another for each other, and for revival on the campus. At this point, Campus Prayer is a monthly gathering, on the last Friday from 8 to 9am. Please pray for Campus Prayer as we launch in 2018. Pass the word to all UGA students you know, and continue to pray for greater unity on the campus and ultimately revival across the campus and beyond. Once we nail down the room (once again) we’ll let you know.
The Mix 2018
Friday – Sunday, February 23 to 25, 2018
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, Athens 30606
Pre-Mix Prayer Gatherings
This year we will be asking every leader coming to The Mix to participate in a prayer gathering prior to The Mix, with the primary purpose of praying for them and for The Mix. So, whether you’re going to be a leader at The Mix, a parent, or just want to pray for The Mix, please join us at one of these Pre-Mix Prayer Gatherings (the dates, times and locations will be posted soon)!
The Mix Prayer Watch
We will be having onsite, non-stop worship and prayer going simultaneously during The Mix this year. More details coming out in January. Each church involved is asked to facilitate a one hour slot. Parents and folks from that church are encouraged to come and pray for their kids, as well as for The Mix in general. If you are interested in facilitating a slot, please let me know and I’ll be getting in touch with you sometime before the end of the year.
For more (and up to date) stuff…
Some of the above activities may change, and there are other prayer opportunities that come up in addition to things happening that were not listed above… you can get the latest happenings at www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281/
Bless you heaps!!!