Praying for Hayden

Hi! Please join us in praying for the Town of Hayden today.

Website: http://www.townofhayden.com

Mayor: Larry Armstrong

Centrally located between Huntsville and Birmingham

In Blount County

Originally called Rockland

  • Changed to Hayden when it was officially founded in 1914
  • Named for one of the first settlers in the area, Major Hayden, who was a former Army officer. He settled in the area sometime before the Civil War.

Population at the 2010 census was 444.

II Peter 1:2-4 – “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”

Heavenly Father, thank You for the grace and peace You multiply unto us. Thank You for using Your power in us and through us and for us so that we can become partakers of the divine nature. What a precious and magnificent promise, indeed! Hallelujah!!

We pray for Hayden, Alabama today, asking that You would allow this town to know You and Your divine power. We don’t have to ask for everything pertaining to life and godliness for them, because Your Word promises it to us, but we do ask that You would allow the people of this town to know how to appropriate those things in their lives. Would You dispel darkness and disbelief, and bring them into Your marvelous light? Let Hayden be known as a town that has escaped the corruption of this world because they have become partakers of Your divine nature.

We lift up Mayor Larry Armstrong to You, and those who serve on the city council for Hayden. May they have true knowledge of You who have called them and appointed them to their current positions of leadership. May that true knowledge of You cause them to seek Your face for wisdom and counsel. Bless Mayor Armstrong with everything he needs for life and godliness.

Father, we speak a blessing over the Church in Hayden. May it rise up to be who You have called it to be in their town and surrounding communities. Use it to be multipliers of Your grace and peace by raising up disciples and by being change-agents for Your kingdom. Cause them to throw off every encumbrance that has beset them, so that they can run the race with endurance. Let Your will be done in and through Your Church, O God, as it already is in Heaven. And may the town of Hayden be blessed through Your Body. Amen.

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Praying for Justice in Harpersville

This one was difficult to find a lot of information about, and the info I did find, had a lot of negative stuff, which is sad to me. 

Website: http://www.townofharpersville.com

Mayor – Theoangelo Perkins (first African-American mayor in Shelby County)

Settled in 1815 by the Harper and Kidd families

  • Originally called Big Springs
  • Incorporated in 1945
  • Has produced 2 NBA stars: George McGinnis and Warren Kidd
  • Has a drive-in movie location called The Drive-in

William Joseph Simmons, founder of the second Ku Klux Klan, was from this town. I do not include this information to celebrate it or him in ANY way. I only include it because I feel it can prompt some prayers that need to be prayed. 

Jeremiah 9:24 – “‘But let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the LORD.”

Lord God, You are the God of Justice. As I read through a lot of verses on justice, I was struck by the truth that Your justice has a strong component of mercy. Your justice is not just about making wrong-doers answer for their wrong-doing, it is also about having mercy on the poor and needy. It’s about honoring our fellow man. God, we confess that we sometimes have a perverted view of justice. We claim we only want justice, when what we really want is revenge. Forgive us, Lord. Break our hearts and give us hearts of compassion, mercy, and your sense of justice. 

We pray for the town of Harpersville today, Lord. We pray that You would establish Your justice in their courts and among their leadership. Give Mayor Perkins great grace and wisdom to seek Your will above his own or anyone else’s. We pray that You would bless him according to Your lovingkindess, justice, and righteousness. 

Father, it saddens me to see a town or city being spoken of negatively. That’s not what You established Harpersville for. Lord, would You tear down the strongholds in this town of injustice and bitterness? Would You give them a new heart – a clean heart that understands and knows You. Transform this town’s reputation as only You can, so that it would be known as a town of justice and righteousness. Raise up the Church in Harpersville to intercede for their town. Raise up Your people to pray, to turn from their wicked ways, to seek Your face, so that You will heal their land as You promise in II Chronicles 7:14. 

We speak a blessing over this city, over Mayor Perkins, over the city council, the judges, the judicial system, and every elected official and every person in a leadership position. We put the name of the God of Justice on each of them. We speak a blessing over the people of Harpersville, so that You would cause Your face to shine on them so that they can know You as the One True God who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness.

Let Your will be done in Harpersville, as it already is in Heaven, Lord. We ask this in Your holy name. 

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How to Pray for the Fallen

I’m sure by now most everyone has heard of the sad news regarding the arrest of Matt Pitt, founder of the youth ministry, The Basement. I debated and prayed for several days about whether or not to post anything, and if so, if it should be a whole blog post or just a post on our Facebook page. I also wanted to be careful not to just post my opinion on the situation. See, I’m the wife of a Birmingham police officer, so I have strong feelings regarding the case.

One of the tragedies, though, in any situation where a well-known person gets into trouble, is the onslaught of public opinion that person, and their family, have to endure. No matter how deserving the person is of the arrest/trouble they’ve brought on themselves, the comments are horribly abusive. We forget it’s a real person with real feelings, and that but for the grace of God, we could find ourselves in a very similar situation someday.

So how should we, as Christians who are called to pray, respond? I think one of the first things we must do is choose to fast from our opinion and emotions about the situation. I had to choose to set them aside, because otherwise, I was too angry at the pride that caused such wrong choices, at foolishness, at sin. I was too hurt for all the young people who are very hurt and confused because of these events by someone they greatly admired. I feared for the direct harm he may have caused some of those young people, if they got sucked into his bad choices. I could not hear how the Holy Spirit wanted me to pray with all of those emotions and opinions drowning out His voice. It doesn’t mean I shouldn’t feel those things, but that I need to choose to lay them at the feet of Jesus.

The next and real first thing we do is pray for Matt Pitt. If we still can’t bring ourselves to pray as we ought, and are tempted to either pray for his complete downfall so that he “gets what he deserves”, as some comments have said, or if we are tempted to pray for so much grace that he gets off scott-free, then we can turn to Scripture and pray the Scriptures.

We can pray out of Genesis 50:20 by praying, “God, what the devil and man have meant for evil, You meant it for good. We pray that You would cause Matt Pitt’s present result to accomplish Your purposes, to bring many people to You.”

We can pray out of the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 – “Heavenly Father, You are holy and Your name is holy. Would you preserve and display Your holiness in the face of this public fall-out from a Christian leader’s bad choices? Let Your kingdom come through Your people, and let it stand in stark contrast to the kingdom of darkness. We pray that Your will would be done for Matt Pitt and The Basement here on the earth, as it already is in Heaven. Cause Matt to feed daily on Your Word so that He can receive Your forgiveness that You freely grant to all who sin and have fallen. Deliver him from the evil that has gotten a hold of his life right now. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Those are just two examples of how we can use Scripture to pray for Matt Pitt and any leader who lets us down by succumbing to sin. This kind of praying does not excuse their sin, nor does it condemn him. We have no right to do either of those things. This kind of praying lines us up with the heart of God for all of His children. May we all be so blessed to receive such prayers on our behalf in our time of need.

What are some other Scripture-based prayers the Lord has led you to pray for Matt Pitt, or the The Basement ministry?

Graysville, AL and God’s Lovingkindness

Good Morning! Thank you for taking a few minutes to join us in praying for Graysville, AL today. If you are a regular visitor to our blog, would you mind leaving us a comment to let us know who you are? There is power in agreement and unity among believers, and so knowing who you are will facilitate that sense of unity among us. Visit our About page to learn more about who we are behind the blog.

Website: www.graysvillecity.com

Mayor – Mary Sue Morgan

11 Miles NW of Birmingham

Originally called Gin Town in late 1800s and early 1900s

  • Only cotton gin for miles. Community grew up around it
  • Incorporated in 1945
  • In 1950s and 60s, local steel mills and coal mines caused town to grow
  • Opening of Interstate 22 has helped usher in new progress

Population in 2010 was 2, 165

Affected by strong tornado on Jan. 23, 2012

Psalm 118:1-5, 8 – “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Oh let Israel say, ‘His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ Oh let the house of Aaron say, ‘His lovingkindness is everlasting.’  Oh let those who fear the LORD say, ‘His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place. …. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

**Here’s an interesting tidbit – Psalm 118:8 is the very center of the Bible. If I remember correctly, it has 1, 118 verses before it and 1,118 verses after it. Isn’t that amazing???

Lord God, we thank You for Your goodness and covenant love for us. You are good when we are not. You made a covenant with us and sealed it with the blood of Your Son. Your faithfulness upholds us in that covenant lovingkindness. May the citizens of Graysville experience Your lovingkindness, and then declare it to the surrounding communities through word and deed.

Thank You, Lord, for rescuing this city from economic decline, and from the destruction of the tornado in January of last year. May the people of Graysville call out to You in their distresses. We pray that Mayor Morgan and the city council would seek Your face in distress as well as in good times. May they seek You for wisdom in every decision. Let Your lovingkindness be evident throughout Graysville’s City Hall. Build up this city, Lord. Establish Graysville in peace and righteousness.

Raise up Your Church in Graysville, Lord God. Awaken them to be all that You have called them to be in their city and surrounding communities. May the Church in Graysville say, “Your lovingkindness is everlasting.” May the elders and pastors of Your Church say, “Your lovingkindness is everlasting.” Cause the Church in Graysville be evidence of Your lovingkindness and mercy to their city, the surrounding communities, and even to the world.

Bless Graysville, Alabama, Lord, according to Your will. We speak a blessing over it and over Mayor Morgan and the city council; over business leaders; over the leaders of the homes; over the children; and over everything that concerns this city, in Jesus’ name.

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Praying for Gardendale

There was a lot of info on this city’s website – www.cityofgardendale.com

Mayor – Othell Phillips

First settlers were veterans of the War of 1812

  • After the Civil War, coal mines opened in the 1870s, causing rapid population growth.
  • Incorporated in 1955
  • Current population is around 13,000

First called Jugtown, but the name was changed to Gardendale in 1906 with a petition started by a local school teacher.

The first church was established in 1876. Originally called Chalybeate Baptist Church, but later become First Baptist Church of Gardendale.

According to its website, the city government, schools, P.T.A.s, local civic clubs and churches often work together for the good of the community.

Psalm 99:3-5 – “Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His footstool; Holy is He.”

Lord God, You are holy. Along with the angels and all the saints around Your throne, we cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.” We can rejoice in You because You are holy. We can trust You because You are holy. We submit to You because You are holy.

We pray that You would invade every street, home, and building in Gardendale with Your holiness. May the forces of darkness be put to flight because of Your holy presence, in Jesus’ name. May Your great name be lifted up among the citizens and the leaders of Gardendale.

We pray for Mayor Phillips and Gardendale’s city council. We pray that their strength in leadership would come from Your justice and righteousness. Let equity among the people continue to be established in City Hall, and let it spread through the entire city.

Lord, it is not an American idea to bow down before anyone, but as Psalm 99:5 commands, we pray that You would cause all of us to bow down before Your throne, to come to a place of humble submission to You alone. Replace our rebellious hearts with ones that are fully surrendered to the One who made us, who loves us, and who sent His only Son to die for us. In Your great name, we pray.

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Praying for Fultondale, Alabama

Located in North Jefferson County

Website: http://www.cityoffultondale.com/

Mayor Jim Lowery

Incorporated in 1947

Name is a combination of the names of two nearby communities, Fulton Springs and Glendale, that united to became Fultondale

2010 population 8,387

  • Was a mining town in  the 1900s

  • Originally called Fulton Springs

  • 6.3 miles from Birmingham

  • Parts of Fultondale suffered major damage from the April 27, 2011 tornados

  • Has been experiencing growth in both commercial and residential properties

There wasn’t a lot of info that Ginny could find for Fultondale. So if anyone has something that they think would be interesting to share, please let us know or leave it in the comments.

Heavenly Father, we worship You because You alone are worthy of our worship. You are holy and exalted high above the earth. There is no one like You.

We lift up the city of Fultondale to You today. We pray that Your ingdom would come in Fultondale. Awaken and raise up the Church in that city to be kingdom agents, full of the Holy Spirit, so that they can be Jesus’ hands and feet in their communities. Anoint them to bring “good news to the afflicted; to bind up the broken-hearted; and to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners.” (Is. 61:1)

May the people of Fultondale acknowledge You in all of their ways, so that You can direct their path. We pray that they would acknowledge You as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Bring unity to their families, their neighborhoods, and their city as a whole. As this city is growing commercially and residentially, we pray that it would also grow in wisdom that only comes from the fear of the Lord.

We pray for Mayor Lowery and the city council. You have appointed these leaders for this city for this time. We pray You would bless them and protect them. Cause the believers in Fultondale to pray earnestly and at all times with all prayers and petitions for their city leaders, so that You would cause them to live in peace.

In the name of Jesus, we come against the spirit of division and strife, that stirs up our flesh to speak against our cities and our leaders. Cause us to be humble, walking in humility and gentleness. Cause us to give honor to whom honor is due. Help us to be faithful to diligently intercede for those who are in authority over us. May all that we do, say and pray be done as unto You.  Amen.

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Seeking God for Fairfield, AL

Website: http://fairfieldal.us/

Located in Jefferson County

Mayor Kenneth Coachman

Founded in 1910 –  former President Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the dedication ceremony

Incorporated on January 1, 1919

Named for Fairfield, Connecticut, the city in which James A. Farrell, President of U.S. Steel, lived.

2010 census population 11,117

  • Originally named Corey, after U.S. Steel Corporation executive William E. Corey.  In 1913, after much publicized reports of Corey’s infidelities, U. S. Steel changed the name of the city to Fairfield.

  • It was organized and built by Birmingham developer Robert Jemison Jr.

  • Some streets were named for company executives and Alabama industrialists

  • Home of Miles college

Westfield, Alabama, a predominantly African American community was located near Fairfield. It was absorbed by Fairfield, and in 1963 the community was torn down to allow for the expansion of the U.S. Steel plant.  Willie Mays and U.W. Clemon, grew up in Westfield and graduated from Westfield High School. Sonja Stewart Tonpea, who also grew up in Westfield and graduated from Westfield High School, has produced a documentary film about this community, “Westfield: Struggles to Success”. It will first be shown in Atlanta on Aug. 9, 2013.  This is a link to the trailer for the film, which provides information about the rich heritage of this small community.

 http://vimeo.com/66815800

  • Notable people from Fairfield

    • Willie Mays, baseball player elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    • U.W. Clemon, former federal judge

    • George Lindsey, Actor (“The Andy Griffith Show”)

    • Cleveland Eaton, jazz musician

    • Major General Oliver W. Dillard, the Army’s fifth Black general officer.  Elected into the Army’s Military Intelligence Hall of Fame

  • Ministry based in Fairfield http://www.grace-house.org/home0.aspx – Our researcher, Ginny, served on the board years ago and it’s a ministry dear to her heart.

Jeremiah 29:7,11 – “‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare……For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'”

Father, we thank You for the city of Fairfield. Even though men had a definite agenda for profit when they founded the city, You allowed them to succeed because of the plans You had for Fairfield. We thank You that Your plans are for the good of this city, and not for calamity. We ask that You would accomplish Your perfect plan for Fairfield.

We pray for Mayor Coachman, and ask that he would see Your goodness and grace all around Him. May it cause him to seek You for the blessing that only You can bring to a city. Let him be a man who places himself under your godly authority, so that he can lead with godly wisdom.

We thank you for some of the mighty intercessors that live in Fairfield, who have faithfully sought the welfare of their city. We at Mission Birmingham and City on its Knees have the privilege of knowing some of them. We pray that You would continue to give them Your prayers to pray, and that they would not grow weary of pressing in and standing in the gap for their communities, churches and ministries. Bring increase, and multiply the fruit of the seeds they have planted over the years 100-fold. Let them see with their own eyes Your good plans for their communities and ministries.

We pray all of this in the name of The God Who Provides, for Your honor and glory.

What is the Lord laying on your heart to pray for Fairfield?