Today we are praying for Altoona.
. Gadsden area, Etowah County
. 44 miles NE of Birmingham
. Established in 1908
. Currently has more female residents than male.
. The name is Native American and means “high land of great worth.
. Mayor is Richard Nash
For some reason, the passage that comes to mind for Altoona is Psalm 145. If you have time and feel led, I highly recommend reading through all 21 verses. But for now, let’s focus on verses 14-16.
“The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”
Oh God, You are our God and King. We will bless Your name forever and ever. You are worthy to be praised because Your greatness is unfathomable. The splendor of Your majesty is beyond compare. You show Yourself faithful and true to every generation, and we can rehearse Your faithful and wonderful deeds to one another, to exalt You and to build our trust in Your goodness.
Father, we pray for the city of Altoona. We pray that You would lift up, redeem, and restore those things, places, and people that have fallen or been bowed down through circumstances or generational bondage. We plead the blood of Jesus over the people of Altoona, and we declare that His blood breaks every yoke of bondage. We put the name of the Righteous Judge on Altoona, to undo deeds of darkness and to set things right.
Would You cause Mayor Nash and the city council to look to You for their every need? We pray that this city would experience Your supernatural provision in ways that they cannot deny. We pray that Altoona, from the mayor to the youngest baby, would experience Your open hand of provision, and not just for their needs, but also for the desires that You have placed within each person in that city. We pray that they would not run to and fro, seeking some way to satisfy their desires, but that they would encounter You, as a city and as individuals, to satisfy their souls. We confess that only You can satisfy us by loving us, forgiving us, and giving us life abundantly.
We call Altoona the high land of great worth, not because of its location or historical value, but because You love it; because You say about the people that they are precious to You and You rejoice over them with singing; because You have a covenant with the land that redeems it from every deceitful treaty that has ever been signed against it. We pray that You would use Altoona for Your purpose and plans, and that this city would bring You glory – that every “mouth would speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh would bless Your holy name forever and ever.”(Ps. 145:21) – AMEN.
Please join your prayers with ours in the comments below, or share a Scripture or whatever the Lord lays on your heart. We would especially love to hear from someone who lives or comes from Altoona. God bless!