Speaking Life over Hueytown, Alabama

We have been going pretty much in alphabetical order through the cities and towns of the metro-B’ham area. Hueytown brings us to the end of the “H”s. We are about a third of the way through our goal to pray through all of the municipalities in the metro-B’ham area.

Website: http://hueytownal.org/

Located in southwestern Jefferson County about 14 miles from Birmingham

Mayor Delor V. Baumann

Founded in the 1870’s

Incorporated May 5,1960

Named after the Huey family. In 1866, Brother’s Jesse and Samuel Huey purchased much of the land that would become Hueytown

2010 Population 16,105

  • First recorded settler in 1815

  • Originally called Huey, Renamed Hueytown about 1914

  • Bethlehem Methodist Church, founded in April 1818, was one of the oldest active churches in Jefferson County. According to one source it is the oldest Methodist church in Alabama. The hand hewed logs of the first church were reused when the church was rebuilt.

  • Home of the legendary NASCAR “Alabama Gang” which included drivers Bobbie, Donnie, Davey and Clifford Allison, Hut Stricklin, Neil and David Bonnett,  and Red Farmer

  • City was damaged by an EF4 tornado on April 17, 2011

  • Graduates of Hueytown High School include Senator Richard Shelby and State School Superintendent Dr. Joe Morton.

I asked my brother, who spent a lot of his teenage years in and around the Hueytown area what passage he would choose to pray over this city. He immediately responded with Ephesians 6:10-18.  It’s a powerful passage that most Christians are familiar with.  As I started to pray that passage over Hueytown, the Lord brought another verse to my mind that I believe I’m supposed to use here. It is John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Lord Jesus, You are life and the Life-giver. You have a plan for each of us, and You are faithful to fulfill Your plan and calling in our lives and in our cities. We pray that all of Your good plans for Hueytown would be fully accomplished. In the name of Jesus, we cancel every assignment of the enemy that would try to hinder Your plan from going forth and being fully realized on the earth as it already is in Heaven. We speak LIFE over Hueytown, over Mayor Baumann and the city council, over neighborhoods, over churches, over families, and over each individual that lives and works in this city.

I especially feel prompted to speak the name of Jesus, who is LIFE, over the teenagers and young adults in Hueytown. Lord Jesus, deliver the youth of this city from the thief who has come to steal their hope, kill their dreams for the future, and destroy their lives. Let them instead experience life in and through You. We pray for a great harvest of souls among the young people of Hueytown. Bring them to a true relationship with You through accepting Your shed blood as the forgiveness of their sins. Let them be delivered from the chains of the thief who has been trying to destroy them. Transform them into image-bearers of Christ, and change agents for the Kingdom of God.

With life, we also pray for wisdom. We pray for wisdom for the young people to make decisions that pursue life and stops the thief in his tracks; wisdom for Mayor Baumann and the city council; wisdom for business leaders in this city; wisdom for church pastors and elders; wisdom for the heads of homes. Let their wisdom begin with the fear of the Lord.

We pray that Your will would be done in Hueytown, and that the youth of this city would experience a great awakening. For Your glory!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Take a moment to ask the Lord what one verse or one sentence He would have you pray for Hueytown today. Please share what He tells you in the comments below. We want to join together in agreement for these cities.

Praying for Hoover, AL

We are praying for the City of Hoover today, which most of us in Alabama are probably quite familiar with. I was born and raised in Bessemer, but Hoover was probably the second city I came to know because my parents took us to church in Hoover, and later on I attended the school that church started. All that to say, this city is another one that is near to my heart. However, I must confess that I have not prayed for this city very often. I think it’s easy to remember to pray for a city that is struggling or has negative track records. But perhaps even more “dangerous” is the city who is doing so well that it’s people forget to pray.

http://www.hooveral.org/

Located in Jefferson County, South of Birmingham

Mayor Gary Ivey

Founded February 1954

Incorporated on April 28, 1967.  At that time Hoover was four blocks long and one block wide, with a population of 406.

Named for William H. Hoover.  In 1953, when the Alabama Highway Department began widening Highway 31 from Vestavia to The Cahaba River, Mr. Hoover had a vision for Birmingham growth to move southward, and he began buying up property along this area of Highway 31.  At the time, some people called this venture “Hoover’s Folly”.

2010 population 81,619

  • Sixth largest city in the state

  • Originally populated by Creeks, Cherokees, Choctaws and Chickasaws Indians.

  • Chapel Road was once a path used by the Indians when crossing from Talladega to Tuscaloosa, and a portion of Shades Crest Road was once known as Indian Wagon Trail.

  • Lies above the Cahaba Coal Fields, first mined in 1853

  • By 1992 the city boundaries had expanded to include Bluff Park, Green Valley, Rocky Ridge, Riverchase, Trace Crossings industrial complex, areas of Inverness, and Greystone.  The city now includes about 48 square miles.

Psalm 132:13-17 – “For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread. Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, and her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.”

Lord God, thank You for choosing to raise up the City of Hoover to accomplish Your plans and purposes. We pray that Hoover would be a city in which You desire to dwell. Let the hearts of the people of Hoover be full of humility and grace. May they recognize that it is only by Your hand that they have been abundantly blessed. Cause them to set their hearts on You, Lord.

Let Hoover be a city who has compassion on the poor and needy. Let them be moved with compassion to address the needs of the less fortunate in their city, and set them free from the concern of “keeping up appearances” as being an affluent city. We pray for Your wisdom for Mayor Ivey and the other city leaders, so that they can address the needs of the poor in their city through biblical concepts, and not man-made concepts, which put undue burden on the rest of the community and builds resentment. Bless Mayor Ivey with godly wisdom, discernment and favor. Grant him the fear of the Lord, because it is the beginning of wisdom.

Father, let Your Church and its pastors and shepherds rise up in Hoover, to be Your light and Your provision; indeed to bring Your salvation to their city, their neighborhoods and communities. We pray You would continue to create partnerships between these churches and city leaders to advance Your kingdom in Hoover. May the joy of the Lord be the Church’s strength, and to be a light to all people.

Lord, thank You that You would make Your dwelling among us. May we come to desire Your habitation among us more than anything. Thank You for calling us to be Your people. Equip us to be worthy of that high calling.

Thanks for praying with us today! What are you believing God for Hoover, or for your own city? Pray it for Hoover, and see how the Lord returns the blessing of intercession upon you and your city.

 

Historic Homewood

Good Morning! We are praying for the City of Homewood today. Won’t you join us?

Web site http://homewoodal.net/

Located in Jefferson County

Mayor Scott McBrayer

Founded 1926

Incorporated in 1927 when Rosedale, Edgewood and Grove Park voted to merge and incorporate under the name of Homewood.

2010 population 25,167

  • 5 miles south of Birmingham City

  • In 2011, Homewood was ranked as the state’s “most walkable city” which was based on the ability of people to walk from their home to nearby amenities.

  • First settlers came in the early 1800’s

  • A cholera epidemic in 1873 led many people, living in Birmingham City, to look for a healthier place to live.  Speculators began developing communities in the areas surrounding the city.  Rosedale, Grove Park, Edgewood and Oak Grove (cities that would eventually become part of Homewood) experienced significant growth.

  • 1929 Homewood annexed the town of Hollywood

  • During the Great Depression, 85 percent of public schools in Alabama closed.  Following the closure of the Jefferson County Schools in 1936, funding from the city of Homewood allowed Shades Cahaba high school, Edgewood Elementary, and Rosedale Schools, to remain open for nine months a year.

Hollywood Historic District, the Rosedale Historic district, and the Rosedale Park Historic District are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Psalm 90:14-17 – “O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, and the years we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your majesty to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands.”

Lord God, we seek You because You are worthy to be sought, and because we are desperately dependent on You. We thank You that Your mercies are new every morning, because we would be without hope otherwise. Thank You for Your faithfulness to all generations.

We pray for the city of Homewood today, Father, that You would satisfy this city and its residents with Your lovingkindness. May Your covenant love and mercy give them the joy of the Lord even in the face of trials and heartache. May the strength of Homewood be in the joy of the Lord, and not in their past or their current culture, even though both those things are rich.

Father, would You give great grace and favor to Mayor McBrayer and all those who help lead Homewood? Cause them to look for Your guidance and direction, for Your leadership. Let them see how You are working in their city, and know how to join You in that work. May the work that they accomplish in and for their city, their families and their lives be established in You.

Father, we bless the City of Homewood in Your gracious name. Protect and deliver them from the evil one. Tear down strongholds of unrighteousness for Your name’s sake. May the residents of this city and their children see Your majesty.

Many of us are very familiar with Homewood. How is the Lord prompting you to pray for them? Even if you don’t live in Homewood, I believe the Lord blesses our investment of prayer for other cities and communities by commanding a blessing on those things which concern us.

Praying to the God of Protection for Highland Lake

I’m very often surprised by the Scripture passage God has me use, or how He directs our prayers for a city or town. Today is no different. Very often it takes a lot of praying and reading before I find what He wants me to use. For Highland Lake, it came almost immediately, which is very unusual.

Website http://townofhighlandlake.com/

Located in Blount County

Mayor Gail Bailey

Incorporated August 17, 1967

  • 2010 population 3,926

  • 40 miles Northeast of Birmingham

  • Originally a wilderness mountain valley around the Blackburn fork of the Little Warrior River, populated with small farms.

  • Originally called Shuff Lake after Hugh Shuff who, in 1954, developed a plan to create a reservoir by building a dam across the Blackburn fork of the river. The dam was completed and the Lake (Shuff Lake) filled in 1955.

  • The reservoir was originally intended to provide irrigation to the farmers in the area and provide a recreational area.

  • Plans to use the lake for irrigation were abandoned after Birmingham City objected. The lake was then developed as a recreational and residential area.

  • Shuff Lake was renamed Lake Highland in 1956 after a company in Gadsden (Joe L. Moore and Company) took over the real estate development of the lake.

  • In 1963 Highland Lake property owners established a new corporation, Lake Highland, Inc., which took title to the lake. This corporation maintained the lake and sold real estate in the community until the community was incorporated.

Psalm 91:1-4 – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!’ For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”

Lord God, You are the Most High King. The King of Israel; the King of glory; the King of our hearts; King of Creation; King of Heaven.  You are the Almighty.    Everything is under Your dominion and power. We cannot be shaken when we are hidden in You, no matter what is going on in our lives or in the world around us.

We lift up the town of Highland Lake to You, O King, and ask that You would use this community to bless Your name. May You be welcomed in this town as the King of King and Lord of Lords, as the Almighty One. We pray that this community would choose to dwell in Your shelter, and not just the houses they’ve built or bought, and not just in their careers or hobbies.

Would You be the refuge and fortress for Mayor Bailey and all the city leaders? Let them find rest in You when the pressure and concerns of their jobs and families weigh heavily on them. Cause them to run to You for safety from the things that would try to harm them. Deliver them from the snare of bad deals, alluring but misguided investments or decisions for the town, and most of all from the enemy of their souls. Teach them to wait on You, so that not only can they find refuge under Your wings, but they can also soar on wings of eagles (Is. 40:31).

Father, I’m just really feeling impressed to ask for protection for this community. God, grant them protection that can only come from You. We pray for protection in the streets; protection in the homes; protection for the residents of Highland Lake and for the leaders; protection for the law enforcement officers in that town; and protection for the Church in Highland Lake. Oh God, be their shield and their rampart. You ARE their very certain help in time of trouble.

We declare You are faithful in Highland Lake. Show Yourself faithful on their behalf in every way that they need You. Bless this town with Your faithful protection. In Your Holy name, we ask all of this.

How has God been YOUR refuge and fortress?

Helena, Alabama

I completely missed posting earlier this week. School has started for us (we homeschool), and as much as I tried to be prepared, it has thrown my schedule for my extracurricular activities out the window. I did start off our school week in this city of Helena, as our homeschool co-op meets at Helena First Baptist. It’s a very cute, friendly little city.

There was a LOT of information about Helena, and all of it was very fascinating to me, so it was hard to pare it down.

Website: http://www.cityofhelena.org

Mayor – Mark R. Hall

Sits at the foothills of the very southern extent of the Appalachian Mountains as they descend into the coastal plain

Originally called Cove in 1849

  • Name changed to Hillsboro in 1856 when the rolling mill was built to serve the Confederate war effort
  • Name changed to Helena when it was incorporated in 1916 and again in 1917 (Paperwork error made first incorporation invalid)
  • It was named Helena after the Helena Station – named after Helen Lee, the sweetheart of the engineer who built the station

Played a vital role in Birmingham’s steel industry and growth

City was hit hard by economic changes in the 1920’s, the Great Depression, and a devastating tornado in 1933

  • Remaining residents were determined to rebuild
  • The city today is enjoying what those residents and city leaders worked toward

Safest City in Alabama – one of the lowest crime rates per capita in the Southeast

Helena High School is expected to open in the Fall of 2014

Isaiah 58:11-12 – “And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a well-watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”

Heavenly Father, we thank You for allowing Helena to rebuild back into a city that knows peace and prosperity. Thank You for raising up the men and women who were willing to do the hard work of rebuilding. Thank You for causing those plans to succeed for this city. I am also struck at the enormous privilege and responsibility it is to be the generation that enjoys the benefits of the hard work of those who came before us, and so we pray that the current residents of Helena would recognize that it is by Your hand that their city has become what it is today. May they seek You and live by Your statutes and commandments, so that their city could continue to enjoy Your blessings.

We pray that You would continually guide Mayor Hall, the city council, and the business leaders of this city. Let them find their satisfaction in You and not in political or financial power. Give them strength to serve well. May Your Spirit be the source of their wisdom and strength, because You never fail.

We pray for the Church in Helena to rise up like never before and to lift up the banner and cross of Christ in their communities. May they take up the call to intercede for their city; to preach the gospel; to reach out and love and serve like Christ did. We pray that the Church would seek You as their constant Source for life and growth. May Your Word continually wash them, so that they may be without stain or blemish. Use Your Church, Lord, to stand in the gap and to repair the former devastations of the evil one in their city. So that Helena would enjoy not just financial blessing, but spiritual blessing as well. We speak LIFE over Helena and over the Church. In Jesus’ name.

How do you see the Lord reviving you or your city?