“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
And the Light shined into the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it (John 1:5). This word for “overcome” means to comprehend, to make one’s own, to catch, to seize and/or to attain (Key Word Study Bible – ESV). Darkness does not win over light. It never has nor will it ever! Nevertheless, darkness has continued to try. It’s not going to happen! Our nation will turn toward the light. God is about to shine! And His shining starts through His people (Matthew 5:14, Isaiah 60:1-2). The government rests on Jesus’ shoulders, not the current one that is trying to ruin our nation. Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Peace of Peace, all wrapped up in God’s only begotten Son, our beloved Savior! As we press into the Christmas season, please be crying out for the light to shine brightly in the darkness across your neighborhood, your church, our city and our nation!
Here are some ways you can join up and pray with others and for others this month….
Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 2 / 9 to 10am
New Covenant Worship – 1425 Newton Bridge Rd., Athens 30607
This is our monthly prayer gathering for Athens Student Pastors. We come together on the first Thursday of each month to pray for each other, the young people and the student ministries impacting them. We will praying for TheMix22!
If you’re not a student pastor, please take this opportunity to pray for the students at your church to be saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, gripped with who they are in Christ and sent out with a passion to reach their campus. Pray for the student leaders and pastors to be stirred and taken deeper in Christ, as they can only take the students where they have been or going. Pray that volunteer student leaders would step up and be prepared for the coming harvest of young people in our city! Pray for a powerful prayer movement to rise up among the young people across our city!!! Pray that each campus would become a hub of revival fire!
Wednesday, December 8 / 9 to 10am
Phoenix Community – 660 W. Broad Road, Athens 30601
This is our monthly Senior Pastors Prayer gathering. Pastors from across Athens come together to pray for and with each other! If you’re a Senior Pastor, please come and pray with the other senior pastors from across Athens! These are deep and powerful times as we share, walk and pray in transparency together!
If you’re not a senior pastor, then please use this as an opportunity to join us from wherever you are in praying for the pastors of 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 challenging, unprecedented, and hostile season. Ask God to show them how to prepare for revival and reformation. Ask God to empower them to lead well, and for each church to be an instrument of life. Pray that God would protect, even expand the kingdom unity among pastors in our city.
Groups Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, December 15 / 9:30 to 10:30am
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Rd., Athens 30606
This is our monthly opportunity for those who lead Groups and Discipleship Ministries in the Athens area. We come together to share and pray with and for each other. Please join us in praying for those who lead Groups Ministries across Athens, starting with the ones in your church. In this season, people are desperate for authentic community and groups provide it! Groups are playing an increasingly important role in discipling our city!
Pray that God would continue to lead the Groups Pastors in our city to create 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. Pray that God would raise up more group leaders in this hour. 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. Ask God to release an anticipation for revival in each group. And ask Him for heaven to come down upon every group that meets in Jesus’ powerful Name in Athens! Ask Him to release powerful, faithful filled prayer in these groups!
Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, December 16 / 9 to 10am
New Covenant Worship – 1425 Newton Bridge Rd., Athens 30607
This is our monthly opportunity for those who “run” churches in Athens to come together to share and pray with and for each other. These hidden warriors make huge decisions in a climate they have never been before. The nature of their role is one that their job list is never finished.
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. This includes those who handle the finances, the bookkeeping, the operations of the physical facilities, etc. They need wisdom, creativity, boldness and faith. This is a very important ministry at such a crucial hour 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 for unity between them and their senior pastor. Pray that God would increase His presence and favor on their lives and homes. Pray that God would give them all they need as the Church emerges in this new day.
Prayer for the Middle East
Friday, December 17 / noon to 1pm
This is the monthly gathering of a group of passionate prayer warriors who come together to pray for Israel and the nations in the Middle East. This is such a vital time to be standing with Israel! You are most welcome to join in. Even if you can’t be there in person or via Zoom, please take time during the day to pray with them from wherever you may be. There is much power in agreeing prayer!
ONGOING & INSPIRATIONAL…
Wednesdays / 7 to 8am
SWAT Ministries office – 1095 Baxter Street, Athens 30605
This weekly prayer time is facilitated by SendAthens. The focus is to prayer for the nations as Matthew 9:38 instructs us “Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” This is open to all churches and ages. If you’re able, please come participate in crying out for the nations! For more info please call or text Bri at 706-201-9351.
Praise Parade on Pulaski
Wednesdays / 10am to noon
Downtown – corner of Broad and Pulaski
This weekly time is simply coming together to praise, worship, pray, shout and share the Gospel with folks passing by. For more info please call or text Brigette at 770-380-9068.
Pastors “Contending for Revival” Prayer Gathering
Thursdays, December 2, 9*, & 16 / 10:30 to 11:30am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext, Athens 30605
Senior Pastors from around Athens are encouraged to join us every week to contend in prayer together for revival in our city, state and nation. Every week is amazing, filled with intensity and a strong sense of God’s presence. We have now opened up the second and fourth Thursday for all pastors, key leaders in churches and intercessors to join us as well. Join us if you’re able and please be praying for your pastors and congregation to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit, and to prepare for the revival that is breaking forth right here in our city! Pray specifically, that your pastor would be able to join us if he isn’t already a part of this vital and strategic prayer time together!
* This month the 9th is the only Thursday opened for others.
Give Him 15
Monday through Friday
These are daily prayer thoughts by Dutch Sheets. If you are not already seeing the daily videos or reading the daily post, I would highly recommend it. This will continue till it’s over! Get the GiveHim15 App at the App store or go to https://www.givehim15.com/. You can also get the written post most days on the APN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281
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
Daily Prayer Texts are a quick way to focus prayer across our city. These are delivered to cell phones across Athens and beyond every day at 8am (ET). They are also posted each day at noon on the APN Facebook page. If you would like to receive these DPT’s on your phone, please text @athenspray to 81010. This is an amazingly simple and awesome way to start your day and to stand in unified focused prayer with others from across our city, for our city!
UGA Campus Leadership Unity Prayer
Thursday, January 6 / 3 to 4:30pm
UGA Wesley Prayer Chapel
New Year New Heart
Saturday, January 8 / 9am to 4:30pm
For more info on or to register for this amazing prayer seminar please go to https://acmin.edu/new-year-new-heart/
Monday, January 17 / 7 to 9pm
APN Prayer Center
UGA/Athens Prayer Walk
Saturday, January 15 – 10am to noon
Starts at the Arch
Campus Ministries Directors Prayer
Thursday, January 20 / 3 to 4:15pm
Altar of Fire
Thursday, January 20 / 7 to 9pm
St James UMC
TheMix22 Prayer Watch
Friday & Saturday, February 25-26
MORE & 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 other people are praying in our city!
Together shining in the darkness!