A Christmas Prayer for Midfield

You may have noticed our post-consistency took “a bit” of a nosedive this month. Our apologies. This turned out to be one of the busiest Decembers for my family in a very long time. Last night was our last big event for the season, though, so I hope to be able to go back to posting twice a week now. Oh wait, next week we have Christmas AND a child turning 11 two days later. So…perhaps after New Year’s we’ll be back on schedule.

Meanwhile, let’s pray for Midfield, shall we?

Web site http://www.cityofmidfield.com/

Mayor Gary Richardson

Incorporated in 1953

John J. Walker, who subdivided that land for the town, named the area Midfield

2010 population 5,365

Hawkins Spring in Midfield was called the Big Blue Spring before 1830

A history of Midfield is posted on the Chamber of Commerce website. http://www.midfieldchamber.org/MidfieldHistory-Cover.html

The above website and the history there is quite comprehensive, and they are continually adding to it as they find more information. It was originally compiled for Midfield’s 50th jubilee celebration.

Isaiah 9:6 – “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Father of Lights,
Thank You for giving us Your Son. Even while we were Your enemy, You put a plan into place to redeem us, even though it cost You everything. You saw our desperate state. We were blinded by sin; bound by our fallen flesh. So You sent Jesus, the One who shone His Light into our darkness, and who broke the bonds of sin and death by becoming sin for us on the cross, and then rising from the grave. Hallelujah!

We pray that Midfield would be a city that walks in the light of the truth. May Mayor Richardson and all those in Midfield’s city leadership recognize and submit to the truth that their city’s government rests on Your shoulders. Show them what that looks like and use that truth to encourage and strengthen them as they seek to lead their city wisely. We pray that they would seek Your counsel above all else.

You are our Mighty God, and so we pray that You would show Yourself mighty on behalf of all those who call Midfield home. The Christmas season can make already hard life circumstances feel even harder and more hopeless. Step into those situations as only You can, God, and do for those people and those situations what no one else can. We pray that You would show Yourself mighty for the orphan and the foster child by being their Everlasting Father who will never leave them nor forsake them; for the widow and the single parent by being their Wonderful Counselor who gives wisdom, grace, strength and comfort to navigate the challenges of widowhood and single parenting ; for the grieving parent, spouse, sibling, friend by being their Prince of Peace who can hold our hearts together when they have been shattered by loss. Show Yourself mighty to the ones in poverty as well as for those with great excess. Mighty God, perform Your Word to the people of this city.

Thank You for Your Word. We pray that You would bless the city of Midfield with these names of Yours. For Your glory. Amen.

Thanks for praying with us! Feel free to share a prayer, verse, question or comment in our comments section.


Maytown – May it be a Town of Light!

Ginny, our researcher, had a hard time finding any historical information about Maytown. If any of you have any, please let us know! Ginny and I have really enjoyed learning about each town/city we have prayed for so far, and seeing how our history connects us to one another and how it can help us pray differently than we might otherwise pray.

Located in Jefferson County 11 miles west of Birmingham

Mayor Ann Goolsby

Populaton 382

Because we are at the Christmas season, and our church is observing Advent this year, I can’t get Isaiah 9:2 out of my head: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Or as Matthew 4:16 puts it, in past tense, “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, and those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned.”

This is a great verse to pray for all of our cities and towns, as well as our nation (or whatever nation is on your heart).

Lord God, You are the Father of Lights with whom there is no change and no shadow. We praise You for Your light, and for sending the Light of the World into our darkness. You have established a covenant with us through the blood of Your Son, to rescue us from the “land and shadow of death”, and to make us joint-heirs in Your Kingdom, where there is no longer any darkness. Hallelujah!!

We pray that in Maytown, this Christmas would be one of recognizing and revering the Light. We pray that the Light of salvation would shine on every person in this town. Let that light open prison doors and set those who are held captive by sin free. Let Your light bring healing and restoration where there has been loss. Let Your light bring things that have been hidden in darkness into the light so that it can be exposed and robbed of its power. Let it bring Life where there is death and despair.

Father of Lights, we pray that You would bless this town and its people with every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Let them recognize those blessings for what they are and give You the glory for it. Where it is appropriate, we pray that You would raise up Your church in Maytown to be the conduit of those gifts and blessings. Let the Body of Christ be a light in their community.

We pray for Mayor Goolsby and the other town leaders in Maytown. May Your light be shed abroad in their hearts so that they can be lined up with Your good and perfect will. Let Your Word be a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path. (Psalm 119:105)

We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen!

How does the Advent/Christmas season prompt you to pray for your city?