Prayer Opportunities in May 2017.

LORD, I have heard of Your fame. I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV)

God is stirring things and pouring out ‘grace-lets’ in our city. This past month was amazing! Easter services brought record breaking crowds to many churches in Athens! Not only did people return, but there were baptisms and many salvations. At Cornerstone for example, there were 116 folks who turned to Christ!!! And prayer continues to be awakened. Just yesterday I was at St. James UMC and we invited folks to step out of their seats and come into the water of revival. Nearly the entire congregation literally crowded the altar praying for lost friends and for God to move in our city. Pastor Bill told me afterwards in a text… “Yes it was a great morning at St. James. In five years of leading the church, I have never had an altar call with that many coming forward to pray for revival. It was awesome.” God is stirring us to pray, because He desires to move and our prayers make a difference in allowing that to happen. Please keep pressing in to God, crying out for revival in our city. Here are some great opportunities for you to join with others in praying this way! Let me especially note our citywide prayer gathering this Thursday night. Check out details below!

Worship Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, May 3 / 9 to 10:00am
Living Hope – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

This monthly gathering on the first Wednesday is for worship pastors from around Athens to meet up to pray for and with each other and for their ministries in churches in Athens. Please pray that God would increase His anointing on those who lead worship in Athens and release a new song over our city! Pray for there to be more and more worship pastors joining this group.

National Day of PrayerAthens Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 4 / 7 to 8:30am
The Classic Center – 300 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601

This is the annual nation-wide Day of Prayer. The day starts with a prayer breakfast at the Classic Center (tickets are available for $25 each), followed by prayer activities throughout the day (including prayer at the courthouse steps at noon) and then concludes with a citywide prayer gathering at Cornerstone. We are really pressing in to see if we can have a great spread of churches involved in the closing session of prayer that evening. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join in as much as you are able. For more info on the day (i.e. hourly prayer themes and to get tickets for the breakfast) check out http://www.acmin.org/National-Day-of-Prayer

National Day of Prayer – Prayer at the Courthouse Steps
Thursday, May 4 / 12 to 1pm
Athens Courthouse – 325 East Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601

National Day of Prayer – Citywide Prayer Gathering
Thursday, May 4 / 7pm to 8:30pm
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Concluding the National Day of Prayer activities with a corporate gathering of believers from across our city. Prayer will be interspersed among worship as we focus on crying out to God for even greater unity, for racial reconciliation, and for revival in Athens and in our nation. Please join us if you are at all able to. This is going to be a powerful time with several pastors helping lead the way!

Student Pastors Prayer
Thursday, May 4 / 9 to 10am
Beech Haven Baptist Church – 2390 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606

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 join us in praying for a move of God on the middle school and high school campuses across Athens, especially as we press in to finish this school year strong with a great harvest.

Campus Minister Day of Prayer
Monday, May 8 / 8am to 5pm
Monastery of the Holy Spirit – Conyers

As we end one season and step into the summer the Campus Ministry Directors are spending a day of prayer at the monastery in Conyers. We will be praying alone, praying together, meeting with Brother Elias, and sharing a meal in silence. Please pray for God to meet each one of these campus leaders.

Pastors Prayer
Wednesday, May 10 / 9 to 10am
The Light – 174 Henderson Ext., Athens, GA 30606

This monthly gathering on the second Wednesday is for senior pastors from around Athens to meet up to pray for and with each other. Please keep up your intense prayer for your pastor, as well as for the other senior pastors from across our city. Pray that God would protect them, their marriages and their families. Ask God to stir a greater hunger and thirst for Jesus, that He would be the one thing they seek and chase after. Ask God to grant them wisdom and grace in all they do that they might know Him better (Ephesians 1:17-18)! Ask God to make their ministry in Athens a joy to do!

Prayer Walking at UGA
Saturday, May 13 / 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 others from across our city to focus prayer on the campus and our city. You are most welcome to join us as we walk, talk and pray for revival.

Prayer for the Middle East
Wednesday, May 17 / noon to 1pm
Living Hope  (House of Prayer) – 2150 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

This gathering is a time of focused prayer for the Middle East and Israel. There are often updates from the Middle East, which leads to some very specific prayers. Please join us as we pray for Israel and the conflict in the Middle East.

Executive Pastors Prayer
Thursday, May 18 / 9 to 10am
TBA

This monthly gathering is for executive pastors from around Athens to meet up to pray for and with each other and for their ministries in churches in Athens. Please pray that God would pour our wisdom upon these pastors who “run” churches in Athens.

Groups Pastors Prayer
Thursday, May 18 / 1:30 to 2:30m
Athens Church – 10 Huntington Road, Athens 30606

This monthly gathering is for groups & discipleship pastors from around Athens to meet up to pray for and with each other and for their ministries in churches in Athens. Please pray that God would give these leaders wisdom on growing and connecting more believers from our churches in Athens.

Citywide Prayer Leaders Gathering
Friday May 26 / 9:30 to 11am
Cornerstone (Athens Prayer Center) – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

This is a monthly gathering (usually on the last Friday of the month) for those folks who lead (or facilitate) prayer ministries in Athens. It’s a great opportunity to connect, hear what God is saying to each other and to pray together. Please pray for these strategic prayer leaders, asking God to take them deeper and deeper in their own intimate walk with Jesus and that out of this place, lead their prayer ministries forward!

Ongoing and inspirational…

Athens Daily Prayer Texts
April 1, 2017 onward
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.

Coming up (definitely mark your calendar)…

Pastors Racial Reconciliation Gathering
Thursday, June 29 / 9am to 1pm
Venue TBD

Kid’s Pastors Prayer
Thursday, July 27 / 9 to 10am
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

Campus Ministries Leadership Teams United Prayer
Tuesday, August 8 / 9 to 11am
Calvary Bible Church – 2026 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

Spiritual Warfare & Deliverance Conference with Eddie & Alice Smith
Thursday – Saturday, November 2 to 4
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605

The Mix 2018
Friday – Sunday, February 23 to 25, 2018
The Classic Center

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 happening at www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281/

Bless you heaps!!!
Steve

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