Centreville, Alabama

  • Mayor – Mike Hobson
  • Website – http://www.centrevillealabama.intuitwebsites.com
  • County seat of Bibb County
  • Founded by a woman, Sarah F. Chotard, because of its strategic location for transportation beside the Cahaba River
  • Established in 1821
  • Incorporated in 1832
  • Population around 2,800

God’s coincidences tickle me and fascinate me. Our post on Tuesday mentioned how 2 of the churches in Center Point were founded by women. Today, we find a city that was founded by a woman! I’ve been doing this alphabetically, and so for us to be praying for two cities back to back where women played such prominent roles in them, is just one of God’s interesting coincidences. 

This city was also touched by racial injustice and violence. In 1910, an African-American man was killed by a mob without a trial, after a woman accused him of fathering a child by rape. No one was ever charged for the murder, and the woman’s claims were never proven. Sadly, these sorts of things happened all over the South. Finding specific accounts always grieve me, but I’m proud of cities that are willing to own up to the dark things in their past, because only then can a city be set free from those things. 

Heavenly Father, You are the God of Justice. Nothing is hidden from Your sight. We plead the blood of Jesus over our land that has been touched with all kinds of violence, and ask You to set our cities free from the curse that murder brings on the land, when the blood of the slain innocent cry out to you, just as Abel’s did when his brother killed him. 

We pray that You would pour out a blessing on Centreville, Alabama. Cause the marvelous light of Your glory to shine over the people of that city, and bring Your redemption and salvation to set them free from darkness and shame. We pray that not only for Centreville, but for the whole metr0-Birmingham area. 

Shine on Mayor Hobson, and cause his countenance to reflect the joy of Your salvation. Let Your light shine through him so that all who meet him would glorify the Father. Let Mayor Hobson and the other city leaders of Centreville delight in You, so that You will give them the desire of their heart. Grant them grace and mercy as they lead their city. 

We thank You, Lord, that You redeem us and our cities. Thank You for Centreville. Bring forth Your plans and purposes for this city, and let Your will be done there, as it already is in Heaven. Amen. 

Please share what the Lord lays on your heart for Centreville, Alabama.

Center Point – a “new” city

  • www.thecityofcenterpoint.com
  • Mayor – Tom Henderson
  • 12 miles North of Birmingham
  • Population: 17,000
  • Ranked No. 9 out of 50 as one of the Best Overall Business-Friendly Cities in Alabama
  • It’s motto – “A New City Emerging From a Historic Community
  • In 1700’s, Native Americans occupied the area
  • In 1816, the Reed family arrived from North Carolina
  • Sometime in the 1900’s, it was given the name Center Point
  • It didn’t become an incorporated city until March 2002
  • The first Methodist church and the first Baptist church in Center Point were both started by women.

Lord Jesus, the diversity of the metro-B’ham area is beginning to amaze and fascinate me – not just the diversity of the people, but the diversity of each place. In our last post we prayed for an old town that seems to be dying out. Today we are praying for a city that is barely a decade old that is growing and prospering. You have such a unique purpose and plan for each person, and for each city, and in Your wisdom, Your plan also includes us growing together in unity and working together to make Alabama what You have ordained it to be.

We pray, Lord, that You would build up Center Point, because otherwise, the labors of those who have worked so hard to make it what it is today would be in vain. ((Psalm 127:1) We pray that the eyes of Mayor Henderson and all the city leaders, business leaders, church leaders, family leaders, and citizens would look to You, because You are the One who opens Your hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16) We pray that the Spirit of the Lord would rest on the citizens and the leaders of Center Point – the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2)

We pray for the Church in Center Point, and ask that You would bless them and cause them “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which they have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3) That little fact about 2 of their churches being started by women, is prompting me to lift up the women in the Body of Christ in Center Point. Lord, we ask that You would line them up under their God-given, righteous authority, and empower them to keep their eyes fixed on You no matter what. Once they are lined up and fixed on You, cause them to be voices of truth and righteousness in their homes, their jobs, their community, and their churches. Break off of them the false traditions of our culture, and instead instill in them the value of what You have called them to do and to be. We pray that the women in the Church in Center Point would look like the women of Titus 2, I Peter 3, and Ephesians 5:22-24. Raise them up to be the Deborahs and the Esthers, and the Marys and even the Marthas You’ve called them to be.

Thank You, for Center Point. We commit them to You, and ask that Your will would be done in them, for them, and through them as it already is in Heaven. We pray this in the name of Jesus, the Head of the Church and our Heavenly Bridegroom, Amen.

What is the Lord prompting you to pray for this new city?

Cardiff, Alabama –

. In Jefferson County, west of Gardendale
. First settlers, the Crocker family, came in 1830. They sold it to people wanting to mine the area.
. Named after the capital of Wales around 1880
. Located on Five Mile Creek
. For years, it was the smallest incorporated town in AL – land area is 0.2 square miles
. Began as a coal mining town
. In 2003, the flood of Five Mile Creek destroyed a number of buildings in Cardiff
. In 2010, the population was only 55. It’s estimated to be less than 40 now.

I wasn’t able to find much information about Cardiff. It seems sad to me that the little town seems to be fading away. One account I read said that it is being overtaken by kudzu as more people move away.

Father, I’m not really sure how to pray for the town of Cardiff, AL. The verse that comes to mind is about how You are the One who establishes kings and removes kings. (I can’t recall the reference at the moment, nor can I remember enough of the verse to look it up.) You are, therefore, the One who raises up towns/cities and the One who removes them. You raised up Cardiff, AL for Your plans and purposes 133 years ago. It would seem to most people that Your plans for this town are coming to an end.

However, here we are, praying for this town today. Father, may Your manifest presence be felt among the remaining citizens of Cardiff today.  We put the name of Jehovah Jireh on them, and ask that You would supply all their needs according to Your riches in glory. Surround them with songs of deliverance. Be the shield about them and the lifter of their heads (Psalm 3:3).

The verse that just popped into my head is Isaiah 62:12. “And they will call them, ‘The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD’; And you will be called, ‘Sought out, a city not forsaken.'” So, Father, we ask that You would reverse what seems to be the inevitable decline of this town. Make this a place once again that is sought out. Do not let Cardiff become forsaken. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been praying for towns and cities that came back from near destruction, and those who changed what they’re known for in order to draw new people in. We pray that You would do the same for Cardiff. Change what Cardiff is known for, which is a dying mining town. Let it be known for the beauty of Your Creation there. Let it be known for the kindness of its citizens. Bring this town back to a place of growth and prosperity. Not for any reason except for Your glory and Your name’s sake. May everyone who sees the town’s revival know that it was by Your hand alone. Amen.

If you are from Cardiff, or near there, I would love to hear first-hand about the town. In the meantime, I hope the rest of you will join me in praying for Cardiff. Leave your prayer or a verse in the comments below.

Praying for Carbon Hill

  • Mayor – James Richardson
  • In the extreme western part of Walker County – 48.1 miles NW of Birmingham
  • Begun as a small mining town in 1886
  • Incorporated on Feb. 14, 1891 – founding leaders wanted to name it The Village of Love and Luck
  • Especially hard-hit during the Depression
  • Suffered extensive damage from tornadoes in 1917, 1957, 1998, 2002
  • About 30 churches inside city limits in 2011

The name of this city automatically makes me think of Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”  It comes in the middle of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, and right after the Beatitudes.

Dear Father,
You are our Light, and in You there is no darkness at all. Thank you for being our Light, and for calling us to carry Your light into the world. Empower us and enable us to that end.

We pray for the city of Carbon Hill today, asking for Your blessing and provision for it. Grant Mayor Richardson and the city leaders Your light to guide them. May Your Word be a lamp unto their feet and a light to their paths, especially as they make decisions for Carbon Hill. We pray that You would protect them from the spirit of confusion in their decision-making, and give them unity to follow Your will for their city.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that You would reveal those things hidden in darkness. Shine Your light, Lord Jesus, on every stronghold, every idol, every vain imagination that has tried to remain “under the radar” and hinder this city. Raise up the intercessors in Carbon Hill to pray Your prayers that You will use to tear down those things that want to remain hidden in darkness. We pray that generational sins would be renounced and their power broken off of the citizens and the land of this city. When old things are finally brought into the light, it looks messy and hard, but it always leads to freedom, peace, joy, and even beauty. We thank You for that, and trust that You will accomplish that – let Your light bring the peace, joy, and beauty that can only come from being in the Light.

May the churches in Carbon Hill be united to carry Your light well, and cause them to “walk as children of light”(Eph. 5:8) who “walk in love”  (5:2) as “imitators of God” (5:1). Show them what is pleasing to You, and use Your Church in Carbon Hill to expose those things hidden in darkness. May they walk as wise men and women, making the most of their time, and being filled by the Spirit. (also from Ephesians 5).

We pray all this in Your glorious name, Amen.

This was not what I intended to pray for this friendly city. (My father-in-law worked there at Guin Drug for many, many years.) We want to hear how the Lord leads you to pray for Carbon Hill.

Calera – The Heart of the Heart of Dixie

  • Website – http://www.cityofcalera.org
  • Incorporated in 1887
  • Mayor – Jon Graham
  • Fastest-growing city in Alabama.
  • Population: 11, 620 – quadrupled in 10 years
  • Named for the Spanish word for limestone
  • Home to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
  • Home to 2 historical buildings – the Historical Calera Presbyterian Church and The Cowart Drug Store. Both were built in 1885.

Lord God, You are Maker of Heaven and Earth. You are our God, our Creator, our King. We bless Your name, for You alone are worthy of the highest praise. You are holy – set apart, utterly unique, so far beyond us that we would be completely unable to grasp the simplest concept of You apart from You choosing to reveal Yourself to us through Your Creation, Your Word, Your Son, and Your Spirit.

You are also gracious; Psalm 145 says You open Your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Father, we ask that You would do that for the people of Calera. We thank You and give You praise for the unprecedented growth their city has experienced so far this century. Thank You for wise leaders and city planners, and for the hard-working employees who have made Calera a city that so many want to call home now. We pray that You would continue to bless their efforts, and that they would acknowledge that is only by Your hand on them and their city that has allowed them to see such success.

Thank You for Mayor Graham and the city council. We humbly ask that You would grant them the Spirit of wisdom as they lead not only their city, but also their homes. We pray that their homes and their families would be blessed by You. Open Your hand, Lord, and satisfy their need for You. We pray this as well for all the citizens of Calera, that You would satisfy their need for You, and that You would cause them to acknowledge that need, and to receive Your provision for that need through Your Son.

As we approach Father’s Day weekend, we also lift up the fathers of those homes. Give them hearts of compassion, wisdom, and courage. Let them be transformed by the love of Christ shed abroad in their own hearts, so that they can love their families well, and be the shepherds of their homes that You have called them to be. We pray that broken relationships between fathers and children would be restored in Your way and Your timing. For the homes and families where the father isn’t present, we pray that they would experience You as their Father, and we thank You that You promise to be a Father to the fatherless, and we thank You that You are the best Father.

We seek You for all these things and more, because we are desperately dependent on You, and You alone are worthy to be sought. Amen.

What is the Lord laying on your heart to pray or share for the city of Calera?

Pray for Brookside

. In the western part of Jefferson County
. Mayor – Roger McCondichie
. website – www.brooksidealabama.com
. Town built around Brookside mine which was opened in 1886
. Name stems from Five Mile Creek, which runs through the town
. Town was incorporated in 1898
. Settled by predominantly Eastern European immigrants
. Mine was shut down during the 1920 Alabama coal strike and never re-opened.
. In 2003, a violent storm caused Five Mile Creek to flood, completely destroying downtown Brookside.
. Today, the town is re-inventing itself as a recreation destination around the natural attractions of the creek and its mining history. In other words, using the very things that almost destroyed them.
. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church hosts an annual Food Festival this first full weekend of November. www.stnicholasbrookside.org

Jeremiah 17:8 – For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.

Heavenly Father, You are the Living Water. You alone can satisfy our thirsty souls. You are also our anchor and strong tower, so that when the rains come and the waters rise, they cannot overwhelm us. Thank You for Your provision and peace even in the face of great need. You are faithful God.

We also thank You for the spirit of fortitude you have given this town to rebuild and reinvent themselves after the flood in 2003. We pray that You would bless those efforts in such a way that they clearly recognize it is Your hand of blessing on their town. Please grant them provision and bring increase to this town for Your glory.

We pray that Your Church in Brookside would so full of love that nothing could overcome it (Song of Solomon 6:8). Raise up the intercessors to pray for their town, and let them see Your hand of mercy, grace, and love move in result of those prayers. Cause the Church to be a place of rescue, refuge, and restoration for that town and the surrounding communities.

We lift up Mayor McCondiche, the town council and all those who help lead the city. Turn the eyes of their hearts to see Jesus. Give them wisdom and the resources to accomplish all that You have in store for Brookside. Let Your Kingdom come to Brookside and let Your will be done there as it already is in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

How is the Lord prompting you to pray?

 

Brighton, Alabama

. Mayor – Barbara Watkins
. One of 4 cities in Jefferson County named after cities in Great Britain
. Many of its settlers were of English descent and named the town after the English tourist and resort city of Brighton, which is located on the English Channel
. Land area is 1.4 square miles
. Built along a dummy RR line in 1889 by Bessemer and Birmingham RR Company to connect those 2 cities
. City was incorporated in 1901

Brighton has endured some hard hits in the struggling economy of the last few years, but it is determined to fight their way back into being economically healthy again. I felt led to Psalm 127:1 – “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.”

Heavenly Father, You are the God of our cities. You rule and reign in Sovereign power, and in grace and mercy. These economically difficult times did not take you by surprise, and You have every provision for the city of Brighton to bring them through that. We pray that Mayor Watkins and the city council would not let the burdens of their city become a cause of dissension and disunity, which seems so easy to do in so many situations we’ve seen. Instead, cause them to look to You, and to seek Your wisdom to repair their city’s finances. We pray for a spirit of humility and perseverance to be on all those who are responsible for building up this city and for watching over it, so that they will submit to You and trust in Your ways.

We pray that You increase this city’s revenues by bringing in God-honoring, God-blessed businesses and industries. For the business and industry leaders who are already there, we pray that You would bless them so magnanimously that they have to know it’s only from the Lord, and give You the glory for it.

Raise up intercessors in the city of Brighton, who will regularly and continuously seek Your face on behalf of Brighton. May Your Church provide comfort and aide in Your name to those who are suffering. We pray that Your Spirit would manifestly visit this city, and that the glory of the Lord would come to it, so that like it’s name, it will be a place that reflect the bright light of the favor and glory of the Lord – for Your name’s sake.

We pray this in the name of Jesus, who is our Light and our Salvation. Amen.

Please share in the comments below a verse or prayer for Brighton that the Lord is laying on your heart.