“And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.”
1 John 5:14-15 (NLT)

Prayer is not simply a wish or even a hope. Prayer is a confident interaction with a God who passionately loves us, is listening and is thrilled to respond to us. God is pleased with our confidence, because confidence expresses our faith and is all about trust. When we pray, our confidence is in the fact that our God is faithful, He listens and He responds to every request that pleases Him, that are according to His will. When you pray, pray with confidence, and even when there is a delay don’t lose your confidence. I prayed 25 years, every day for my dad, until he finally surrendered his life to the Lord. I totally believe that had I not prayed, my dad would not be in heaven right now. So, pray with confidence and don’t stop until the answer comes.

Here are some great opportunities to join with others in praying “with confidence” for our city. Please note… Campus Prayer, Campus Ministry Directors, and Student Pastors will not be meeting in December. They will recommence in January.

Student Pastors Lunch for The Mix
Thursday, December 5 / 11:30am to 1pm
UGA BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) – 450 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605

In lieu of our regular Student Pastors Prayer Gathering this month we will be meeting over lunch to discuss, prepare for and pray over The Mix. Please be praying with us for a powerful move of God at The Mix this coming year. We will once again be saturating it with prayer. Each church that is coming to The Mix is asked to grab a ONE HOUR slot in The Mix Prayer Room during the 36 hour prayer watch on February 28 or 29, to pray for their students at The Mix. Be praying for the students at your church to sign up and to be inviting their friends (especially those who are unchurched) to come to this amazing weekend at The Classic Center.

Prayer Walking at UGA
Saturday, December 7 / 10am to just before noon
UGA Arch Corner of Broad St. and College Ave.

In December we will prayer walking at UGA on the FIRST Saturday. Join us as we cry out for God to do His will, completely and powerfully, in Athens. Every prayer walk is amazing, and always beautifully unique. 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 somewhere in-between, you are so welcome to join us as we walk, talk and pray for an open heaven over UGA, across Athens, and beyond.

Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, December 9 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center

This is a monthly calling together the intercessors of Athens. Watchmen are taking their place on the walls, and our unity is vitally important. This is not a closed group, though 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.

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, December 11 / 9 to 10am
Watkinsville First Baptist Church – 1610 Simonton Bridge Rd., Watkinsville 30677

Unity is a beautiful thing, and this group of senior pastors is an expression of the unity that God is expanding in Athens. On the second Wednesday of each month we meet up to share our lives and pray with and for each other. Pray that God would guard and deepen the unity He has established in Athens among these pastors. Please pray for your pastor, perhaps even while we are meeting. Ask God to tremendously bless, refresh, encourage, protect and provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these spiritual gatekeepers of Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay connected to God and run strongly. Ask God to prepare all these leaders for what He is about to do in our city! And ask God for an open heaven over each of these pastors in our city!!!

Prayer for the Middle East & Israel
Friday, December 13 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope (House of Prayer)  2150 Lexington Rd., Athens 30605

This is a monthly opportunity to join in with others, focusing prayer for important issues in the Middle East. There are usually reports from missionaries who are there in the Middle East, to help direct laser focused prayer. Please join in as we press into God on behalf of this precious region of the world. Even if you cannot physically be at this gathering, please take time on this day to pray for the Middle East. Ask for God’s more, for the Middle East!

Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, December 18 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Rd., Athens 30606

On the third Wednesday of each month many of those who lead the small groups ministries at their church in our city come together to share life and pray for each other. Life happens best in community and small groups provide that context! Please pray for those who lead the groups ministries in our city. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead well. Pray for people in the groups to be willing to share their lives and be open to grow. Pray that the groups ministries in Athens would be healthy and strong! Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for the next season. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. Ask Him for His open heaven over this essential ministry in Athens!

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 19 / 9 to 10am
St James UMC – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens 30605

The leaders who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray for and with each other each month. 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. This is such a vital ministry! Ask for an open heaven over their lives! Pray that God would give them wisdom from above 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 next.

Ongoing and inspirational…

Thursday Prayer Calls
Thursdays / 4 to 4:30pm
Dial 720-835-5456 – when prompted enter PIN 55787

All are invited to join a weekly prayer call for the purpose of praying Athens College of Ministry forward. Thank you for contending with ACM for the full realization of their vision!

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
All across Athens area

These Daily Prayer Texts are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond Every morning at 8am,. They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is an amazing and simple way to start your day and to stand in unified, focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!

Coming up…

New Year New Heart – 20/20 Vision
Saturday, January 11, 2020 / 9am to 5pm
Cornerstone Church
Cost: $35, includes lunch

Registration is now open for the 7th annual prayer conference, New Year – New Heart! This year’s conference theme is 20/20 Vision and will be exploring together Ephesians 1:18, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…”To register for NYNH20… https://acmin.org/new-year-new-heart/?blm_aid=20059

January 19 – February 9, 2020
Across Athens & beyond

Over a three week period, we will be praying for the 38,000 students at UGA, three times! We’ll be looking for 1000 people who would be willing to be assigned 38 names, and would pray for 8 different students for five days a week for 10 to 15 minutes. A prayer guide will be available. Please be praying that the word would get out across our city. Would you be willing to be one of the 1000 praying folks needed for this opportunity? Be watching for more details!!!

Pastors Racial Unity Gatherings
Thursday, January 30 / 10am to noon
Venue – not yet determined

Every two months Senior Pastors from across Athens come together to discuss and pray into racial issues that affect us in Athens. It has been life changing. Please pray that God would protect and finish what He has begun in us. Pray that He would continue to tear down every wall that divides us in Athens and to increase the level of unity even more. Pray that God would grant us a greater grace as we press in with each other and look for ways to honor one another and walk out our unity in 2020.

The Mix 2020
February 28-29, 2020
The Classic Center

We will be providing the prayer coverage over The Mix 2020. Each student ministry coming is asked to sign up for a ONE HOUR slot to pray for the thousands of Middle School and High School students from Athens that will be a part of this crazy amazing gathering. We’ll be looking for prayer assistants who would commit to a THREE HOUR slot. And anyone who wants to pray for the students can come at any time during those 36 hours! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us whether as a Prayer Assistant, or a part of one of the teams grabbing a ONE HOUR slot or simply coming for as much as you can! Please be praying for this important gathering NOW.

For more (and up to date) stuff…

Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking out daily to help stay connected with what God is doing in our city!Bless you heaps!!!