“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)
Here in Athens, God has given us a grace for unity. Even downtown in front of City Hall there is a statue of the Spirit of Athens, which in itself looks kind of weird. But at the base reads Ephesians 4:3. And where there is unity, God commands His blessing, even life forever more (Psalm 133). That’s a pretty strong promise! And as God has arranged, the theme for the National Day of Prayer is unity. Take hold of it and look for opportunities to pray with others. God’s blessing is truly and powerfully with it!
And of course, here are some more opportunities to pray with others this month. May you see God’s commanded blessing as you pray!!!
Please note… there will be a change in some of our normal rhythm during the summer months. Enjoy and embrace and get ready for what God is going to do in the fall. We will re-converge with a new rhythm in August.
National Day of Prayer
May 3 / 7am to 8:30pm
Scripture tells us again and again that our fervent prayer is effective. That our loving God responds to His children’s earnest pleas in mighty ways that avail much, and ultimately determine the course of history. At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray!
1 – Prayer Breakfast / 7 to 8:30am
The Classic Center – 300 N. Thomas St., Athens 30601
Click here to purchase tickets online, or contact Bob Bowen at 706-614-6210.
Parking is FREE in the Classic Center lot.
2 – Student Pastors Prayer / 9 to 10am
St James UMC – 111 West Lake Drive, Athens 30606
Our monthly Student Pastors Prayer happens to fall on the NDoP. So, the Student Pastors from around Athens will be meeting up to pray together. Please join as we continue to pray for God to move powerfully on all the Middle School and High School campuses in Athens. Pray that the various ministries would have even greater favor on each of the campuses across Athens and for a very strong finish across the city. Pray that our unity would continue to gain momentum between student ministries (and student pastors). Pray that God would rise up more student leaders in preparation of the coming harvest! Pray for a strong, holy finish across these campuses in Athens.
2 – Various prayer focuses & opportunities during the day
For more details of the various opportunities and focuses of prayer during the day see www.acmin.org/National-Day-of-Prayer
3 – Prayer at Athens Courthouse Steps / Noon to 1pm
Athens Courthouse – 325 East Washington, Athens 30601
What a great opportunity to display our faith in the public realm as we cry out to God on the Courthouse steps! Please join us as we kneel before our King! This is usually broadcast on 88.9FM.
4 – Citywide Prayer Gathering / 7 to 8:30pm
Cornerstone – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30606
Everyone is welcome to join in this powerful time of united corporate prayer. For almost two years, senior pastors in Athens have gathered regularly to discuss and pray into racial issues in our city. We want to wrap the prayer activities in Athens on this National Day of Prayer with allowing these private hidden pastoral gatherings to ooze out into our community. Various pastors will be sharing and leading us in prayers of unity, repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation and revival. You will not want to miss out on this significant gathering for our city.
Wednesday, May 9 / 9 to 10am
The Sparrow’s Nest – 745 Prince Avenue, Athens 30606
Senior Pastors carry a tremendous load and play a very important role in our city. Every month there is an opportunity for the Senior Pastors from around Athens come together to encourage and pray for and with each other. God has given us an amazing and unique grace for unity in Athens. And He is calling us even deeper more unity and reconciliation! Please pray that God would protect this unity and that it would continue to grow wider and deeper. And pray that the world in Athens would take note of this unity and respond by acknowledging that Jesus is exactly who He said He is (John 17:20-23). Specifically, if your pastor is not already involved, please be praying that he/she would be drawn into this network. Ask God to raise up for even more intense prayer for your pastor. Pray that more intercessors would rise up to pray for the pastors across Athens. Ask God to meet with each of these pastors and refresh, renew them right where they need it. Pray that God would fan into white hot flame their first love for Him (Revelation 2:4). Pray for their protection in the battle (be sure to include their marriages and families). Ask God to increase their strength and stamina. Ask that God would give them wisdom and revelation that they would know Him better (Ephesians 1:17) and that they would live, lead and minister from that place of intimacy with Jesus (John 15:1-8). And ask God for a greater measure of joy, peace, rest, power and faith to be released over them and their ministry (Romans 15:3)!
Prayer Walking at UGA
Saturday, May 12 / 10am to just before noon
UGA Arch – Corner of Broad Street and College Ave
Rain or shine, heat or cold (at least this time of year we won’t be expecting snow), we hit the ground praying. We meet up at the UGA Arch and go from there. This is a monthly opportunity (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 truly amazing and unique times of prayer!!! You are most welcome to join us as we walk, talk and pray for revival at UGA, across Athens, and beyond.
Prayer for the Middle East
Wednesday, May 16 / 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 usually updates from the Middle East, that lead to very specific praying. Everyone is welcome to join in as we pray for Israel and the Middle East. Please pray for the Kingdom of God to advance in Israel and across the Middle East!
Pastors Racial Reconciliation Gathering
Thursday, May 24 / 10am to noon
Bethel Baptist Church Watkinsville – 59 N Main Street, Watkinsville 30677
Senior pastors are now gathering every two months for two hours to continue to discuss and pray into the racial issues we are facing in our city and across our nation. This group has become a safe place to share honestly and pray deeply. And it has been very eye opening for black and white pastors alike! Though lunch is no longer a scheduled part of the gathering, many pastors go out for lunch together after our meeting to build their relationships with one another. Continue to pray that God would tear down every wall that divides races in our city AND establish trust and love among His leaders and churches in Athens. For you non-senior pastors, please mark your calendar to be in prayer for this while we are meeting!
Campus Ministers Day of Prayer
May 30 / 8:30am to 4:30pm
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit – 2625 GA-212, Conyers 30094
Several of the campus ministers from the various organizations at UGA (at least those who happen to be in town in at the end of May) will be heading to the monastery for a day of prayer. There will be time to wait in silence before the Lord, and for personal prayer, as well as time to pray together. We are hoping that one of the monks would be able to facilitate a time of prayer with us! Please pray for the campus ministers this summer, that God would refresh, renew, speak to and fan their flame of intimacy with Him. Pray that they would be spiritually ready to catch the rising wave in August!!!
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.
Thursdays / 6:30 to 8pm
Cornerstone (Athens Prayer Center) – 4680 Lexington Road, Athens 30605
These weekly gatherings are open to everyone who wants to meet with God and grow in their faith. The focus will be on “The Believers Authority.” These gatherings include some amazing teaching, deep worship and lots of prayer! Everyone from across the city is invited join in if you are able!
End of Summer Prayer Vigil
Date and venue still to be determined.
The focus will be for revival in the schools in Athens
Campus Ministries Leaders Prayer Gathering
Tuesday, August 7 / 9 to 11am
Christ Community Church – 890 Boulevard, Athens 30601
For more (and up to date) stuff…
Not every prayer activity in Athens is listed above. Some of the above activities may change, and there are other prayer opportunities that come up in addition to things listed above… you can get the latest happenings at www.facebook.com/groups/1423907481169281/
Bless you heaps!!!