Center Point – a “new” city

  • 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?

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