. County seat for St. Clair county, along with Pell City
. Originally named St. Clairsville, after a hero of the American Revolution, General Arthur St. Clair
. Name changed to Ashville, named after John Ash, the first white settler in the area and a senator in the state’s first General Assembly
. Established in 1822
. Mayor is Robert McKay
. 38 miles NE of Birmingham
. Tornado activity above state average – seriously damaged by April 27 tornadoes
. Median household income below state average
Father, this town is rich in history, and has done a good job of protecting and honoring their history. You are the One who ordained this town’s existence. You had, and still have, a plan and purpose for it and its citizens; a plan to advance Your kingdom and to bring You glory, and to bless the people.
The name, Ashville, and the title You gave me for this post led me to Isaiah 61:3 – “To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” So, Lord, we pray that the people of Ashville, Alabama, would receive a garland instead of ashes/destruction. This town has experienced much trauma and mourning in the wake of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, and so we ask that You would give them the oil of gladness to overcome their grief. Give them a mantle of praise, and let the joy of the Lord by their strength.
We pray for the Church in Ashville to rise up and to be girded with Your strength. Equip them to minister to their city as an extension of Your grace and mercy. Plant their churches on the firm foundation of Your Word, and cause Your people to flow in the stream of Your Spirit, so that they would be like oaks of righteousness for Your glory and Your name’s sake.
We pray for divine wisdom and unity among the mayor, the city leaders and planners in Ashville. Lord, please go before them to make their paths straight, and stand behind them to be their rear guard. We pray that they would be used by You to make Ashville the city You want it to be , and even more beautiful than before the destruction of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.
How is the Lord leading you to pray for Ashville?