“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.” Psalm 24:1 (NLT)
In a day when everything seems to be in the balance, the reality is, God is still enthroned above it all. The earth is His! And He has given us the responsibility to govern His creation through our prayer. And the great thing about it, right now, prayer is being stirred up across the earth. As we press into the end of the year, there is so much at stake. Please keep praying! Here are some ways you can pray with and for others this month….
Daniel Fast for our nation
December 1 through 21, 2020
Lou Engle is calling a 21-day Daniel Fast for our nation. This is not a time to back off, or give into the enemy’s lies that the outcome of the election is already determined. We are crying out these 21 days for God to end abortion and bring revival to our nation. The outcome of this election will have an impact on that! Please consider joining the fast (but don’t broadcast it) in whatever manner the Lord would lead you. And continue to press into warfare prayer for our nation!
Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 3 / 9 to 10am
Watkinsville First Baptist – 1610 Simonton Bridge Road, Watkinsville, 30677
Student Pastors from around Athens will meet up and pray together on the first Thursday of December. We invite those who are not student pastors to join us from wherever you are and pray that God would stir a great spiritual hungry in the students across our city! Ask God to pour out grace, wisdom and creativity upon all those who minister to the young people of our city, starting with the ones at your church. Pray that God would protect each of these Students Pastors, their families, their teams (whether staff or volunteers). Please pray that every student in our city would be drawn to God in this unprecedented moment in history and that they would become the catalyst for revival on their campuses, in our city and beyond.
Thursday, December 3 / 11am to noon
On line everywhere
Join THE SEND collaboration for a national online pastors and leaders gathering. Francis Chan, Lou Engle and others will be facilitating this gathering. We are in a crucial moment of history where the church has to take its place of leadership and where every believer must be activated to their missional and evangelistic calling. As THE SEND is launching their most collaborative and biggest vision yet. There are more ways for churches, movements and organizations to work together and take part in what hopefully will be the largest wave of mobilization of evangelism and missions in history! To register (free) go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-send-a-national-pastor-leaders-gathering-online-tickets-121657614199?fbclid=IwAR14zDmygmoSkzZbc7KlQPi-gGeoUkoksA9KusJazmepD20qJ479kvh3fG0
Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, December 5 / 10am to noon
The Arch – Corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street
As we wrap the year, please join us on the first Saturday of the month, as we hit the pavement, crying out to God for a powerful movement here at UGA. Followers of Christ from all around Athens are encouraged meet at The Arch before we prayerfully wander around campus and/or downtown Athens. Onsite prayer really does matter! Please come if you’re able!
Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Mondays, December 7, 14 and 21 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605
Athens from around Athens are invited to join in a weekly prayer time as we contend for revival in our city, state and nation. Please be praying for your pastor to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit!
Wednesday, December 9 / 9 to 10am
Hill Chapel Baptist – 1692 W Hancock Avenue, Athens 30606
Each month Senior pastors from around our city come together to pray for and with each other! Today, please pause and pray for the pastors in our city, starting with your own! Pray that God would give them supernatural stamina, divine insights and wisdom from above, along with extraordinary creativity and Holy Spirit boldness, as they lead their congregations through this long challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life and help to the Athens community in such a time as this. Pray that God would protect, even expand the unity among pastors in our city. In the midst of the tremendous weight that is currently on them, ask God to abundantly bless, extravagantly refresh, greatly encourage, divinely protect and supernaturally provide for your pastor, their marriage and their family. Ask God to meet each of these lead shepherds in Athens right where they are, and give them all that it takes to stay intimately connected to God and run strongly throughout this battle. And cry out for God to use our pastors as a powerful godly voice in our city and nation, that they would not be silenced!
High Noon Showdown
Saturday, December 12 / noon
From coast to coast
See Dean Briggs Facebook page (zoom with Lou Engle) for more details… https://www.facebook.com/dbarkleybriggs/videos/4714767751928928. We will post more information when it comes out. For now, please mark your calendar!
Athens Intercessors Community
Monday, December 14 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
This very important time for intercessors from across Athens to come together, in person, to hear what God has been saying to each of us, and get a sense of where we are heading as we press into 2021. If you’re one of the intercessors, please join us!
Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, December 16 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606
Join us in praying for those who lead Groups ministries across Athens. People are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! There are virtual groups, in person groups and hybrid groups, operating in our city. Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create even more new and effective ways to stay connected and to connect new people. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and creativity. Pray for the groups’ leaders to lead their groups well in these new formats. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders for this season, as well as for the next. Ask God to gently remove those who should not be leading groups any more. Ask God to protect and expand this vital ministry in our city. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens!
Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 17 / 9 to 10am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Drive, Athens 30606
On the third Thursday of each month, those who “run” churches in Athens come together to share and pray with and for one each other. Pray for these hidden heroes who make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. 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 our city. They need wisdom, creativity, boldness and faith. This is a very important ministry at such a crucial time as this! Pray that God would give them supernatural joy and grace as they keep the systems operating and create new ones for Kingdom growth in Athens. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor in their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them what they need as the Church emerges into the post-election season.
New Year New Heart
Saturday, January 9, 2021 / 9am to 4pm
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
The theme of Athens College of Ministry’s annual prayer conference this year is “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Join us to explore the Great I Am and see the new things that He is accomplishing during this era in the world and through His Church. You are part of His plans and purposes for making all things new! There is a 10% early bird discount available until December 9. After that, the price will go up to $35. For more info and/or to register, go to http://acmin.org/new-year-new-heart/
Pastors Unity Prayer
Thursday, January 21, 2021 / 10am to noon
This has been a tough season, testing our racial relationship amongst the pastors in Athens. Ephesians 4:3 (NIV) says we are to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” This is such a critical time to maintain this unity! This gathering of black and white pastors is absolutely “essential” in our day! Please fervently pray for the relationships between the black and white pastors in our city as we choose to walk by a different beat than that of the world. Pray for us as we gather for this time of sharing, discussion and prayer (and food)!
Altar of Fire
Thursday, January 28, 2021 / evening
In January we will be launching a monthly, citywide gathering for intercessors and worshippers. If you can’t feel the heat, you’re not close enough to the flame! This is not for the light-hearted, but for those who want to jump into the fire of God. If that is you, please mark your calendar and plan
Ongoing and inspirational…
Give Him 15
If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/
Will launch back on January Monday 11 / 1 to 2pm
Currently via Zoom
Georgia Prayer Line
Wednesdays / 7:45am
Dial 425-436-6325 – when prompted enter access code 423231#
Please try to log in at 7:40am to announce your city and county. If you miss the live call you can still hear it by dialing 425-436-6309 (same access code).
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. And they are posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s each day, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is a great and simple way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city for our city!
For more (and up to date) stuff…
Every day we post something on the APN Facebook page. Usually (and especially recently) it is more than once. These posts include prayer opportunities, prayer points, prayer inspirations and the Daily Prayer Text. It is definitely worth checking daily to help stay connected with what God is doing and to see how people are praying in our city!
Bless you heaps!!!