The city of Bessemer is where I grew up, and so for all of the opinions about this city that are out there, a part of my heart will always be connected to it and want the best for it.

. Mayor Kenneth Gulley
. Founded in 1886 by iron and steel magnate Henry Fairfield DeBardeleben
. Named for Sir Henry Bessemer, who invented the open-hearth method, a major cost-saving technique, for steel production.
. Its nickname is “Marvel City” because of its rapid growth in its early years
. 18 miles SW of Birmingham
. Has a land area of 40.8 square miles
. 27.2% of population is below the poverty line
. Tornado and earthquake activity is above state average.

Isaiah 62:4 – It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken”, nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; but you will be called, “My delight is in her,” and your land, “Married”; For the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married.

Heavenly Father,
This is a city that has been scorned and ridiculed because of corruption, poverty, and oppression. Yet, it can also be a beautiful city with a rich history. We know that You are Sovereign over everything. Your Word says that you raise up kings and establish kingdoms. Are cities any different? If not, then we know You have raised up the city of Bessemer to fulfill a part of Your plans and purposes for Your kingdom.

We pray that You would turn Your face toward Bessemer, and give it favor among its citizens and surrounding communities. Give Mayor Gulley and the city leaders Your wisdom and counsel. We pray that You would do such a work in the City of Bessemer, that  the scorn it has endured in years past would only be a very distant memory. Let it be like a city set on a hill, shining with the Light of Your love and Your Spirit, drawing people to You.

You are a faithful and compassionate God. We pray that the people of Bessemer would experience You as their faithful, compassionate Redeemer and Lord. Let them not be abandoned to the enemy. Let them not substitute a real relationship with You for tradition and religion. Set them on the Rock Christ Jesus.

We pray these things for Bessemer in the matchless name of Jesus,

Is there a promise from Scripture that you would want to pray for Bessemer?

3 thoughts on “Bessemer

  1. Father God, Would you give Bessemer glimpses of the New Jerusalem revealed in Isaiah 65? Would you make her a place of rejoicing and gladness? Would you bless its citizens with long and healthy lives? Would you provide adequate housing, an abundance of food, meaningful work and great family support systems for all who live there? Would you make it a place where they do no evil or harm – just like on Your holy mountain? Receive glory through Bessemer!

    In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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