Praying for the Snow/Traffic Crisis

Normally, you would be reading the stats on our next town, Nauvoo, AL, and then praying with us. However, if you live in Alabama, and perhaps even if you don’t, you know that we are in the midst of what is being called a civil emergency. Significant snow and ice was forecasted to go much farther south, and we would only get a dusting. By the time those of us in central Alabama, which includes pretty much all of the metro-B’ham area, realized the forecast was wrong, it was too late. Road conditions quickly became hazardous, with thousands of commuters getting stranded. In some cases, the situation has turned tragic. For many, it has turned into a nightmare. We would be remiss if we did not use this post to pray for all of those affected by this scary snow situation.

Lord God, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, You are still our shelter and our refuge. While this winter weather event took everyone by surprise, it didn’t surprise You. You ordained it, knowing the chaos and even the tragedy that it would cause. Still, we choose to accept Your sovereign plan, and to worship You because You are worthy of all worship.

We declare that You are our refuge and our fortress; our God, in Whom we trust! You are a very present help in time of trouble. We pray that You would deliver all of those who are currently ensnared and trapped by the road conditions and stranded vehicles. Holy Spirit, please cover every single person out there under Your wings, and let them find refuge in you. So many people are fearful and anxious right now. Let them feel Your presence, Lord, and let them know You truly will not leave them or forsake them.

Father God, we pray that You would give charge to Your angels concerning not only those who are still stranded, but also to all the emergency responders and good samaritans who are working as fast as they can to rescue people. Please give them strength, wisdom and peace in the midst of the chaos. We pray for a supernatural hedge of protection around them and the people they are still trying to get to. We have already heard tragic stories of some who didn’t make it overnight, and so we pray, Lord, that there wouldn’t have to be any other such stories.

God, we need Your mercy. I’ve been trying to write this post all day, but just get overwhelmed as I hear more stories and see more pictures. All I know to do is to cry out: Lord, have mercy! You are a merciful God, and we desperately need Your mercy and Your grace in this situation. I also keep coming back to Romans 8:28: You cause all things to work together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We do rejoice because we have seen tremendous kindness and generosity come out of this nightmare. But we pray that even more, Your hand and Your faithfulness would be seen and recognized in undeniable ways through this situation. Use it to turn more hearts to You and to declare Your great name over our area.

We pray this in Your faithful and merciful name, Amen.

Declaring Salvation in Mulga

This finishes up the municipalities that start with “M”.

Located in Jefferson County ten miles west of Birmingham

Mayor Dennis McCrary

Recognized as a community in 1907

Incorporated 1947. At that time, the mining communities in the surrounding areas had running water, but Mulga did not. Many residents had to haul water from surrounded water stations to their homes. The residents incorporated in order to get running water services.

Reportedly named after an Indian leader.

2010 population 836

  • The name Mulga comes from an Indian name
  • Grew as a private housing alternative to a nearby mining community (also known as Mulga)
  • Originally called East Mulga

Isaiah 12:2-4 – “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember His name is exalted.'”

O LORD our God, Your name is exalted above the highest heavens. There is nothing we can do or say that can come close to describing Your great name. Yet, You allow us to carry it with us and to make it known among us. What glory!

We thank You for raising up the town of Mulga, AL for the purpose of displaying Your great name and Your salvation. We pray that every person in Mulga would put their trust in You, Lord God. Let the weak know Your strength. Let the ones bowed down in despair learn the new song You put in their hearts. May the ones who feel dried up and forgotten drink deeply of Your living water, and that You would refresh and restore them.

We pray that Your justice in Mulga would roll down like waters (Amos 5:24). Father, the history of mining and anything tied to the Native Americans is laced heavily with injustice. We pray that You would restore righteousness and tear down any stronghold of injustice and unrighteousness that may exist in Mulga. Let this town be a place that declares Your righteous deeds and exalts Your name.

Please bless Mayor McCrary, and all those who lead the town of Mulga know Your salvation. Let them give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, and learn Your righteous judgments (from Psalm 119:7). Grant them wisdom and strength, and let them lead from a place of joy, in order to declare Your greatness and salvation through everything that they do.

Lord, we thank You for Your salvation. Make it known among us, so that it can be made known through us. Amen.

We would love it if you would join the prayer conversation. How do you pray for your city or community?

Praying for Mountain Brook

This week’s posts will finish up the “M” municipalities of the metro-B’ham area. I can’t believe how close we are getting to praying through every one of them. We are currently praying through how we might continue praying and posting after we finish the list of cities. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear them. Just leave a comment  below.

Located in Jefferson County

Web site http://www.mtnbrook.org/

Mayor Lawrence Terry Oden

Incorporated on May 24, 1942

Named Mountain Brook in the 1920’s reportedly because of the many brooks running through the hilly community.

2010 population 20, 413

  • Opened for settlement after the War of 1812
  • Area originally referred to as “Watkins Branch” after early landowner Daniel Watkins
  • Also called Waddell
  • Developed in 1929 by Robert Jemison
  • Warren Manning was responsible for the General Plan of Mountain Brook Development, which was designed to protect and preserve open space.
  • First city in Alabama to operate under the Council-Manager form of government
  • Listed as one of the 10 wealthiest communities in the United States
  • Home of the first office park in the nation built in 1955

Notable residents: Wayne Rogers, Kate Jackson, Courteney Cox, Bart Starr

Romans 12:10-13 – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”

Heavenly Father, thank You for the way You have economically blessed the city of Mountain Brook. It is according to Your plan and purpose that they have prospered so, and we thank You for raising up wise men and women to be wise stewards of their resources that helped build up that city into everything that it is today.

We pray that Mountain Brook would not only be a city known for its prosperity, but also for the love among its citizens. In a community known for prosperity, there is a tendency to let it become one’s identity and one’s standard for everything else. We pray that You would protect Mountain Brook from that shallow standard. We pray that the residents of this city would be blessed with a deep and abiding love for one another. Bless them with humility and with a real identity based on who they are in Christ. Lord, give the community of Mountain Brook a diligent spirit with which to serve You and Your kingdom. May Your name be proclaimed among them and through them into the surrounding communities and even into the world.

Father, we pray for Mayor Oden and all the leaders of this city. We pray for the joy of the Lord to be their strength, enabling them to hope in You through anything life brings to them. Compel them to seek Your face in prayer in their personal lives as well as in their city leadership responsibilities.

We pray that Mountain Brook would be a hub of Kingdom resources, not out of compulsion or obligation, but out of a sense of joy and desire to bless You with what You have blessed them. We pray for a spirit of rejoicing to be on those who have been called to sow into Your kingdom. Raise up the Church in Mountain Brook to be Your hands and feet and heart to the residents. Give the shepherds in this city wisdom and insight to know how to best minister to the saints and to the whole community.

Father, may Mountain Brook be blessed as a city of joy, peace, hope and brotherly love. Amen.

 

Praying for Moody, Alabama

I realized this morning that I inadvertently skipped over Moody in our prayer journey through the metro-Birmingham area. My apologies to the people of Moody!

**Also, I HAVE to acknowledge that Birmingham is currently abortion-free! The last remaining abortion clinic has been shut down, at least temporarily. I know of so many who have labored and warred in prayer for so many years to see that happen! Glory to God! Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Fellow Prayer-Warriors, our prayers for our cities make a difference! God moves and acts in response to the prayers of His people. Hallelujah!!! Now with that in mind, let’s turn our attention and prayers toward Moody, Alabama today.

Website http://www.moodyalabama.gov/

Located in St. Clair County 15 miles east of Birmingham

Mayor Joe Lee

Incorporated in 1963

Named for Epps Moody, who built the first home in Moody in 1820

2010 population 11,726

  • Originally called Moody’s Crossroads because the city grew up at the intersection of two roads
  • Annual Oktoberfest the last Saturday in October

Psalm 67:1-3 – “God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. Selah. That Your way may be known upon the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.”

Lord God, we thank You for Your grace and mercy. You pour out blessings we do not deserve, and Your mercy never fails us. Never. Hallelujah. We pray that You would be gracious to the people of Moody. We pray that they would see Your hand of mercy and blessing like never before in their city and in every aspect of their lives. We pray that Your mercy would compel people to repent of sinful habits, and be set free in a real relationship with You. We pray Your grace would repair relationships that seem broken beyond repair. Bless the widow and orphan with families.

We pray for Mayor Lee and those who assist him in leading the city of Moody. Let Your face shine upon them, Lord, and lead them in the way they should go. Let them keep their eyes on You, and let them find favor with You and those they have sworn to lead. Give them grace to be humble servant-leaders, like Christ. Be gracious to provide them with the resources they need for their city, and with the knowledge to steward them well.

God we pray for Your Church in Moody. Raise them up to be a source of Your blessing, grace and mercy in their city. Use them to make Your name and Your ways  known among the people of Moody and unto the whole earth. Let Your salvation be made known through them to all nations. Let the praises of the people to You start in Your Church, and spread throughout all of the city of Moody, and to the world.

Let Moody, AL be known as a city that knows the blessing and goodness of the Lord, and let it cause all those who hear of it rejoice in Your name.

How are you feeling led to pray for Moody, or for your own town, today? What do you think about the story of the last abortion clinic in Birmingham being shut down?

Speaking a Blessing for Morris, Alabama

I am so very thankful for our awesome researcher, Ginny! In addition to her full-time job as a reading specialist in a local public school, she goes above and beyond my expectations to find out the history on the towns and cities we pray for. These histories and background information can be very hard to come by, and she goes to great lengths to dig it up. Thank you, Ginny, for all you do!

Located in Jefferson County

Mayor Joe Pylant

Incorporated and named Morris in 1886
. First settled in 1814
. First post office established in 1872

Incorporated again 1952

Named for Mr. Morris, the first Engineer operating the mainline train to Nashville
. Other names:
. Shad Town
. Kennedysville
. Kennelsville

2010 population: 1, 859

Psalm 115:1 – “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
Verses 13-15 – “He will bless those who fear the LORD, the small together with the great. May the LORD give you increase, you and your children. May you be blessed of the LORD, maker of heaven and earth.”

O Lord God, You are the maker of all that we see, and all we do not see. You alone deserve all the glory. Thank You for Your covenant love and mercy that redeems us from our sin by Your Son’s death and resurrection. You are true, and Your Word is truth. What a comfort and a blessing to be able to cling to Your truth when we are bombarded by so many voices.

Lord, we pray for the town of Morris, and ask that You would bless this town. Reveal Yourself to them in Your truth and Your mercy. Let them be blessed to know You as a covenant-keeping God. Let them be blessed to have a holy fear of Yahweh, the One True God. Cause the people of Morris to turn from every wicked way and embrace the truth of who You are and the salvation that You bring.

We pray a blessing for Mayor Pylant and all those who help lead Morris. Bless them with wisdom, discernment, courage, strength, grace and peace. Bless them with salvation. Bless their families and all that concerns them personally. Bless them when they go out and when they come in. Cause Your face to shine upon them as they fear Your name.

Lord, we pray that You would bless the mothers and the fathers in Morris; bless the children; bless the grandparents; bless the teachers and social workers; bless the police officers and all first responders; bless the businessmen and -women; bless the manual laborers; bless the pastors; bless the Church in Morris..

Your blessing sets us apart and makes us holy unto You. It sets us in alignment with the purposes and plans You have for us. It can cause quite the upheaval, and yet bring great peace and joy. Thank You for Your blessing on Morris.

 

Praying for Montevallo

Brrr! It has been brutally cold the last couple of days here in the metro-B’ham area! We froze bubbles yesterday morning while the temps were in the low teens, which was neat, but I’m ready for our normal Alabama temps.

Web site www.cityofmontevallo.com

Located in Shelby County within 5 miles of the geographical center of the State of Alabama

Mayor Hollie C. Cost, Ph. D.

Incorporated in 1848

According to the city website, the name Montevallo refers to the town’s geographical location. Early settlers referred to the area as “a little mountain in a valley.” The Italian translation of Montevallo is “on a mound in the valley”.

2010 population 6,323

Originally called Wilson’s Hill after Dr. John B. Wilson, the first citizen, who settled there in 1817.

73 homes and buildings in Montevallo are listed on the National Historic Register. A list and description of them can be found at http://www.cityofmontevallo.com/

Places of interest:
Aldrich Coal Mine Museum
University of Montevallo
American Village
Alabama National Veterans Cemetary
Brierfield Iron Works

Psalm 46:4-5, 7  – “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. …. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.”

God of Jacob, You alone are God, the One who works wonders. You are holy and full of grace. You are the God who transforms us from despair and desolation to gladness and restoration, not only in individuals like Jacob, but also to whole cities, nations, and even the universe, which we will one day see with our own eyes. Hallelujah!!!

We pray that Your Spirit would flow through Montevallo like a great river. Bring life, salvation and healing into the university, into every street, every dwelling, every business and church. Bring newness of Life where there has been stagnation. Bring revival where there has been spiritual death. Bring Jesus into the heart of Montevallo. May He be lifted up in that city, so that He may be glorified by all who encounter Him, and so that He can draw all people to Himself.

Lord God, make Montevallo a holy dwelling place for Your Presence. Eradicate greed, corruption, deception, malice and every form of wickedness that destroys a city and robs it of the purpose for which You created it. May it be a city that is known for rejoicing in the presence of the LORD. Please show Yourself strong on their behalf, and let the people of this city learn to trust You with all that they are.

God, we are so thankful that You are with us – the Commander of the army hosts of Heaven. We pray for Mayor Cost and all the city leaders to know and experience the truth that You are with them. You will fight on their behalf when they turn to You. You will empower them to stand firm on Your Word. We know You will because Your Word says that You will, and so we boldly ask You to perform all of Your Word to the leadership of Montevallo, and unto the city itself.

We pray all of this in the glorious name of our God Most High. May You receive all honor and glory and power and praise because You are worthy, and for what You do in the city of Montevallo.

How is the Lord leading you to pray for Montevallo today?