February 25-26, 2022
Thank you for praying for The Mix 2022!
The most effective and powerful way to pray is to ask according to the Father’s will and in Jesus’s name (Matthew 7:7-8, John 16:23-24, 1 John 5:14-15). We know His will by tapping into His word and asking the Holy Spirit to teach and help us (John 16:13-14, Romans 8:26). Praying God’s promises and the prayers of the Bible are a sure way to increase the effectiveness of our prayers; so, please use the scriptures noted in this guide (and others He may lead you to) and allow the Holy Spirit to take you from there!
This prayer guide is simply a tool and launching pad to help you engage with God in intercession for students across the Athens area. Use the Scriptures and prompts to assist you in following the Holy Spirit as you pray. Use the names of churches and students around the room and at the end of this guide to agree with God’s promises for each student by name. God has been at work preparing the way for students to turn to Him in repentance, surrender and salvation, let’s partner with Him to see each work in each student brought to completion!
Our overarching purpose for TheMix is to provide churched kids a Jesus centered, relevant, high energy, lifegiving and Spirit filled context to invite their unchurched friends who do not know Jesus yet, to come meet Jesus and get incorporated into their group.
A thankful heart prepares the way
Spend a few minutes praising God for the work He has already done to bring each student to this moment – aligning schedules, permission from parents, internet connection, friendships, even in brokenness, frustration, doubt, etc. God has been working. Thank God for preparing good works beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). Ask Him to receive our worship and praise and hear our cries as we pray for The Mix.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (MSG)
So, friends, it’s obvious that our visit to you was no waste of time. We had just been given rough treatment in Philippi, as you know, but that didn’t slow us down. We were sure of ourselves in God, and went right ahead and said our piece, presenting God’s Message to you, defiant of the opposition.God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this Message. Be assured that when we speak to you, we’re not after crowd approval—only God approval. Since we’ve been put through that battery of tests, you’re guaranteed that both we and the Message are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden agendas. We never used words to butter you up. No one knows that better than you. And God knows we never used words as a smoke screen to take advantage of you. Even though we had some standing as Christ’s apostles, we never threw our weight around or tried to come across as important, with you or anyone else. We weren’t standoffish with you. We took you just as you were. We were never patronizing, never condescending, but we cared for you the way a mother cares for her children. We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did.
Take a moment to thank God for the people who work all year to make TheMix a safe and simple place to grow in relationship with Jesus.
- The Mix Leadership Team
Making decisions, building curriculum, promoting the event, organizing all the details and logistics, this team ensures that each student spends the weekend in a Jesus-centered, safe, relevant, high-energy, Spirit filled context getting to know Jesus and finding community. Thank God for the work they have done to lay the foundation for students and leaders to encounter God this weekend. Let’s ask God to strengthen and safeguard them in every area of battle for these students, this weekend, and their own relationship with Jesus, pray they would each experience God’s approval this weekend.
- Home Church/ Friend
However students find their way to TheMix, thank God for extending the invitation and making the relationship safe enough for a “yes.” Ask God to bless and defend the relationships that will strengthen, encourage, and disciple each student during and following this weekend.
Sending their student off for the weekend requires much trust and faith. Thank God for the way parents are releasing their students this weekend. Ask God to increase the confidence parents have in Him and His Church to love, disciple and protect their student.
Small group leaders, meal servers, drivers, host homes, technology teams, TheMix doesn’t happen for any church without a bunch of volunteers. Ask God to bless the work of each volunteer, that they would see their work as unto the Lord and not in vain or as a waste of time.
Prepare the Way
Throughout this weekend, we need the Holy Spirit to prepare students to recognize and respond to the move of God. Let’s ask God to prepare the practically and spiritually.
Practically, ask God for every student and leader to be awake, engaged, and undistracted. Ask God to make all the equipment work, internet connections remain strong, and students arrive and depart without confusion or harm. Ask God to clear distractions, settle chaos, resolve conflicts, and clarify confusion; ask that nothing of this world occupy students’ minds in opposition or competition with God’s message.
Spiritually ask God to open eyes, soften hearts, ready minds; clearing out wounds and fears to make room for the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:19) Ask God to remove every distraction, obstacle, comparison, self-assessment, idol, crush, or heaviness that would obstruct a student’s path to Jesus. Cry out that every argument, all arrogance, every lie, fear or accusation, everything raised against the knowledge of God would be fully destroyed (2 Corinthians 10:5). Ask Jesus to make Himself known, to bring salvation and redemption so students can build lives of obedience into maturity in Christ.
Isaiah 40:3 (AMP)
A voice of one is calling out, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness [remove the obstacles]; Make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
Proverbs 3:6 (AMP)
In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)
The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
Isaiah 57:14-15 (NASB)
And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle from the way of My people.” For this is what the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, says: “I dwell in a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive
Words of Spirit and Life
With many different churches and expectations, let’s ask God to unite us all in the Truth of His Word, the Bible, and the testimony of Jesus. Ask God to shepherd each student to Himself, that no one would be put off or distracted by the different means of teaching or worship but be captivated by the message of God.
As the speaker, Tim Benitez, talks to students about what they think about themselves and about Jesus, ask God to use what is different to expose and uproot paths of thinking that come from culture or experience and replace them with Truth and testimony. Ask God to use Tim to speak Truth boldly into each student’s identity, that they belong to God and are capable of incredible things only in Christ. Ask God to strengthen Tim’s faith and deepen his humility as he speaks God’s message for each and every student present. Ask God to anoint Tim’s lips and use each point, example, and illustration to pierce the hearts of students. Ask God to breathe through Tim, and that he would simply be a conduit for God to speak into each heart.
John 6:63 (NASB)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (NASB)
I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
John 15:4-8 (NASB)
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
Romans 8:5-9 (NCV)
Those who live following their sinful selves think only about things that their sinful selves want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about the things the Spirit wants them to do. If people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if their thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace. When people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, they are against God, because they refuse to obey God’s law and really are not even able to obey God’s law. Those people who are ruled by their sinful selves cannot please God. But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. But the person who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ.
Worship as Warfare
FRVR FREE will be leading us in worship again this year, and we want to ask God to tune their ears to hear His voice. Ask God to grant each worship leader discernment to know where students are and wisdom to know how to lead them toward the throne of God. Ask God to protect each leader’s families as they lead these students into spiritual battle and victory. Ask God to reveal Himself as Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner to each worship leader, his/her family, and to each student as we wage war in the Spirit to see victory and freedom that endure forever. Ask God to turn every heart toward Him as music engages students minds and bodies- that each one would be able to forget themselves and fix their eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Exodus 17:15-16 (NIV)
Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
2 Chronicles 20:21 (NIV)
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Ask God to prepare students to hear, process, discuss and apply the session teachings and small group times. As groups share, ask God to bring each student to a new depth of relationship with Him and the community He placed around them. Ask God to protect the time spent in small group, to provide a holy covering that nothing can penetrate. Ask the Holy Spirit to foster safety that allows vulnerability as students share, confess, encourage, and strengthen one another. Pray for students to have deep supernatural engagement and focus in these concentrated times of processing. Ask God to stir questions that lead to deep revelation, the way Jesus did.
Job 40:6-7 (NLT)
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:“Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.
Matthew 22:41 (NASB)
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:“What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?
Ask God to grant leaders discernment and wisdom as they facilitate discussion. Ask that each leader would have spiritual sight and sound to sense the heart/root of student responses and direct them to Jesus for all they need. Pray for deep, genuine connection to outweigh relevance and approval between students and leaders. Ask God to move among leaders to stir a greater fear of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:8, Proverbs 1:7), awareness of the weight of this calling of leadership (Hebrews 13:17), and greater integrity moving forward in discipleship with Jesus. Ask God to grant each leader a supernatural stamina to press through the long and late nights, to be ready for “that” conversation at any time. Pray that each leader would come out of TheMix with a greater passion for and commitment to Jesus. Oh that not one leader would leave the same as they came!
Ask God to bring each student to a place of recognition that Jesus is the Christ (Mark 8:29, John 11:27), He is at work in his/her life (Philippians 2:13), and that He wants all of his/her heart (1 Chronicles 28:9, Jeremiah 24:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Ask God to stir genuine repentance in the heart and life of each student (Romans 2:4, 2 Corinthians 7:10, 2 Peter 3:9) turning from their own way or the way of the world to Jesus, the Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6). Ask God to bring students into saving relationships with Him, rescuing them from wrath and redeeming what has been stolen or lost in former living (Ezekiel 33:15).
Ask the Holy Spirit to lead each student to name and confront the fears, lies, or facades that hold them captive. Implore the Spirit to fill each student and lead them into freedom as they choose to be slaves of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17). Ask God for the grace to lay down completely the distractions, responsibilities or lies that threaten students’ freedom. Pray for each student to see God is trustworthy and able to deliver them from every battle and handle every situation (1 Chronicles 5:20).
Ask God to protect the work of sanctifying, or making holy each student, that each one would value the work of God in his/her life. Ask the Holy Spirit to show each student the fruit of character and hope in the work of sanctification and perseverance.
1 Peter 3:14-16 (NASB)
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NASB)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Strength to Stand Firm
Ask God to use each conversation and encounter this weekend to increase students’ faith and spiritual stamina. Ask that each one would stand firm (Ephesians 6:13), praying that they would have strength (Luke 21:36), and be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks them to give an account for the hope in them (1 Peter 3:15).
Fruit that Remains
Our primary purpose of TheMix is to provide a relevant and safe context for students across our city to come to a saving and growing relationship with Jesus. TheMix can act as a catalyst, quickening the spiritual work of discipleship that parents, leaders and student pastors foster and sow throughout the year, but that is the work of God. Let’s ask God to move in ways only He can move so that the seeds of the Gospel and discipleship can yield fruit 30, 60, 100 times (Mark 4:20). Ask God to bring many students to saving faith through genuine repentance and response to the message that Jesus is our Savior. Ask Jesus to stir our hearts to obey the Father the way He obeyed the Father (John 5:19). Ask Holy Spirit to convict students regarding sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8). Pray students would hear the voice of God with purity and humility, that they may walk in His ways and receive His promises in faith (John 15:15). Cry out to God for the salvation and revival of this generation- that not one would perish (Matthew 18:14), but each one come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Ask God to stir among these students a desperation to see on earth as it is in Heaven- true revival among their families, friends, churches, and schools. Ask God to build momentum during the Mix that will help carry students until they have built the endurance needed to receive what was promised (Hebrews 10:36).
Please be praying for God to use TheMix as a catalyst in the churches as well as in the schools and neighborhoods where these students and leaders live and spend their time. Ask God for revival, awakening, reformation, and transformation in these churches and student ministries that will shake their churches, campuses, our city and the world.
Churches involved in TheMix22
There are 28 churches participating in TheMix22. Please lift up each of these congregations by name, asking God to move powerfully among the student ministry, the families, impacting the worship services and permeating throughout the church body and beyond.
Alps Road Presbyterian, Anchor Church, Ashford Memorial Methodist, Athens Church, Beech Haven, Briarwood Baptist, Chestnut Grove Baptist, Classic City Church, Colbert Baptist, Comer Baptist, Corinth Baptist, Cornerstone, Crossroads Community, East Athens Baptist, Faith Presbyterian, Grace Fellowship, Green Acres Baptist, Harmony Baptist, Lexington Baptist, Living Water Baptist, New Covenant Worship Center, Prince Avenue Baptist, River Hills, Riverside Church, Salem Baptist, Tuckston UMC, Watkinsville First Baptist, and Watkinsville First UMC
TheMix starts on Friday night and ends on Sunday morning. Here’s how the schedule looks…
Friday: 7:15pm – 9:00pm*
Saturday (@ Home Church): 10:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday: 7:00 – 9:30pm*
Sunday: Church at Home Church
*Doors will open 30 minutes before each service.
On Saturday morning, groups get to bring TheMix back to their Home Church! TheMix provides a Church Kit for their group that includes a video message, small group questions, games and other activities for the group to spend time together.
Saturday afternoons are open for each group to spend it any way that brings them together. Often groups find ways to serve throughout the city, spend time relaxing with their leaders, or join other groups for fun activities!
On Sunday morning the group that participated in TheMix are encouraged to attend their church’s normal worship service and share about the experience.
Pray over all these times and meetings. Specifically pray for the Saturday morning time with each group. Ask the Holy Spirit to move among the students and leaders. Pray also for intimate and deep times for one on one dialog between leader and student, that these would happen at just the right moments during the weekend. Pray that on Sunday morning, as students share in their churches, that the Holy Spirit would break forth and revival would be released in their church!
TheMix Prayer Room
Various church groups have signed up (committed themselves) for one-hour slots, though everyone is welcome to come and pray at any time the prayer room is open. Here’s the schedule of teams coming.
6 to 7pm … The Awakening
7 to 8pm … Upper Room
8 to 9pm … Athens Church
9 to 10am … WFBC
10 to 11am … Classic City
11am to noon … Beech Haven
12 to 1pm … NCWC
1 to 2pm … Salem Baptist
2 to 3pm … Prince Avenue Baptist
3 to 4pm … Cornerstone
4 to 5pm … Alps Presbyterian
5 to 6pm … Briarwood Baptist
Please pray that God would draw pastors, parents and praying people into the room to saturate every participant in prayer. Ask God to stir so much prayer that every student and leader gets a rainbow draw through their names on the prayer poster boards that will be hanging on the hall all around the room (a line is drawn through a name with a high-lighter each time someone prays for them). Ask God to show each praying person how to pray for the students, and that each one would leave sensing God’s blessing and pleasure that they came!
Thanks for praying for TheMix22