Addendum for Alabaster – from the Mayor

Citizens of Alabaster, you are indeed blessed to have a mayor who follows the Lord and is committed to praying for the city, as well as having some councilmen and -women who also value the power of prayer. It reminds me of Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who builds it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps in wake in vain.” Well, the city leaders of Alabaster seem to recognize that and are putting the Lord first in building and protecting their city. What a blessing!

Below is a response from Mayor Handlon, which includes how she regularly prays for her city. I also know it would be an encouragement to her and the city council to see in the comments how others are praying for them.

I just wanted to take a moment to send a Thank You to all the prayer warriors.  I’m sure our city is not much different from the others in this area as far as specific prayer request, but I did want to take a minute to list the things I continue to pray for in regard to our city:
1. Those still negatively affected by the economy with loss of jobs.
2. Our youth who are constantly exposed to and sometime tempted by the evils of this world like drugs and violence.
3. Our Senior Citizens who are alone, shut-in, and at risk of being taken advantage of by scams.
4. Our City Employees who work hard and give dedicated effort to the community.
Thank you again for sharing, and for keeping our city in your prayers,
A huge thank you to Mayor Handlon, Councilman Hicks, and Councilwoman Rakestraw for taking the time to respond to let us know how they appreciate the prayers for their city.
If you want to find out what is currently going on in Alabaster, visit their website, which they do a great job on keeping up-to-date and interactive.
How do Mayor Handlon’s prayer points prompt you to pray? What Scripture does it bring to mind?

Alabaster – Shine Your light

Alabaster is a city in Shelby County, AL. As of July 2009, it had 29, 681 residents. Their mayor is Marty Handlon. Alabaster was founded in 1925 and was named after the natural mineral that was mined there. It was incorporated on Feb. 23, 1953. Like Adamsville, for whom we prayed on Friday, its tornado and earthquake activity is also higher than the state average.

The passage I believe the Lord led me to for Alabaster is Ephesians 5:13-17 – “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Lord God, You are exalted high above the heavens. Not even the highest heavens can contain You. You are the light of the world. The darkness tries to flee from Your presence, but there is no hiding place from You. Your presence, Your glory, and Your power are ever present, and Your truth abides forever.

Father, we ask that the Church in Alabaster would hear Your call and would awaken to the new thing You are doing in their midst. I know a couple of pastors from some of the churches in Alabaster, and I know their heart for You and their desire to be the Bride of Christ, prepared for her Bridegroom. Remove those things which are hindering them from being the Bride You’ve called them to be. Get them out of the place of complacency and into a place of utter dependence on You. Cause them to diligently seek You with their whole hearts. May the prayers of the saints rise up from Alabaster as a sweet-smelling offering of incense to you. Be their vision and provision, and keep them in the center of Your Word and Your will.

Shine Your light on Your people and on this city. May the people of Alabaster behold Your glory and majesty. Let them behold Your marvelous works, and let it be a sign to them that points to salvation. Give the people discernment to recognize evil and good – to avoid the traps and pitfalls the enemy has laid for them, and to seek after peace and pursue it.

Thank You that Your will is not hidden from those who diligently seek You. We pray that Mayor Handlon and the city council would seek Your will. Give them a spirit of understanding and wisdom so that they would understand Your will as You reveal it to them. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, the Light of the World. Amen.

Please respond with anything the Lord lays on your heart in the comments.

Praying for Adamsville

First, let me say thank you for making our launch day on Monday such a success with all your visits! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook to stay connected between posts.

We are starting our virtual prayer journey through the metro-B’ham area in Adamsville, which is in the north-westernmost corner of the metro-B’ham area. It is 10 miles NW of the city of Birmingham, center to center. It was named for a man whose house was used as a temporary railroad depot, according to The city has a little less than 5,000 residents. The mayor of Adamsville is Pam Palmer.

The verse the Lord led me to for this city is Psalm 127:1-2 – “Unless the LORD (Yahweh) builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”

Father, we praise You because You are Yahweh – the One True God, the Great I AM. You are Sovereign and You have a plan and a purpose for Adamsville. We submit this city to Your will and we ask that You would fulfill Your will in Adamsville as it already is in Heaven. Thank You for establishing this city. I know the mayor and the city council have worked hard to make Adamsville a pleasant place to live, and we pray that they would acknowledge You as the One who has built their city, so that their labor would not be in vain, but would be in cooperation with Your plan. Give them Your wisdom and let them find You when they seek Your face for guidance.

We pray that You would guard Adamsville; that You would set Your angels around the city to watch over it. Put Your name, Yahweh, on Adamsville, so that the police and first responders do not keep watch in vain. Grant them success on every side as they stand between the citizens and the evil that seeks to bring harm and destruction. Please protect those who guard the city.

For the citizens of Adamsville, we pray that they would acknowledge You in all their ways, so that You would direct their paths. (Prov. 3:6) Let their labors not be in vain, but bless their efforts to provide for themselves and their families. Bring jobs to those who are unemployed. And we pray that they would find rest in You, and that they would know they are Your beloved. We pray all these things in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

There is so much more that could and should be prayed for over Adamsville. How is the Lord leading you to pray for this city?

Welcome to City on its Knees!

Greetings and welcome to City on its Knees! We have a heart for prayer and to see the metro-Birmingham area transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our purpose here is to create an ongoing prayer conversation for our cities, and to build relationships with and among those who share the heart for prayer for our area. Along the way, we want to help inform and equip you through our posts, which will include specific ways to pray for the city/cities; insights from Scripture; and opportunities to get physically involved through local prayer gatherings and meetings.

In order to accomplish this purpose, we need you to join in prayer with us by posting your prayers in the comments. We especially appreciate when you respond with your own typed-out prayer in relation to the post, but we also welcome your questions, ideas, or Bible verses. Our only request is that we all keep Philippians 4:8 in mind when we post or comment: “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think on these things.”

At the moment, we have 1 main blogger, and 2 regularly contributing bloggers:

Jennifer Weed – wife to a Birmingham police officer; homeschool mom; prayer team leader for Mission Birmingham; blogger at Of Heaven and Earth.

Kevin Moore – worship pastor at Shades Mountain Independent Church and executive director of Mission Birmingham. City on its Knees is an initiative of Mission Birmingham.

Carol Wilkins – wife to local businessman; homeschool mom; church media operator.

To find out more, please visit our “About” page. We also hope to have guest contributors from time to time.

The metro-Birmingham area consists of 7 counties and about 92 municipalities. Starting with our next post, we’ll be taking a look at those cities, praying specifically for each one.  Again, we welcome you to comment with your own prayers, or a verse of Scripture the Lord brings to mind, or to just drop us a line to say hi.

So again, welcome! We are excited about how the Lord would use this blog and website to help accomplish His purposes in the metro-Birmingham area – to advance His Kingdom in Birmingham. May He alone receive all the honor and the glory for it!