Praying for Nectar, AL

You know what’s cool to me? Now, when we have winter weather or severe weather, and the weatherman on TV starts mentioning certain towns and cities, I often hear at least one that we’ve either prayed for already or will be praying for soon. It makes me feel more connected to those places. I’ve often said that one can’t pray for a person, a ministry, or a place, without a part of your heart becoming knit to them. I think that is what is happening. My heart is becoming knit to each place we pray for.

As you have been praying through these posts and for these places around you, how has your perspective changed? Has it given you a new appreciation for the metro-B’ham area? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Located in Blount County

Mayor Rickey Box

Incorporated 1979

Originally called Tidmore

2010 population 345

  • Ginny, our researcher, could not find information on why the name was changed.  However, one source told her that older residents claimed the name was changed to Nectar because it was the “sweetest place on earth”. (By the way, have I mentioned lately how awesome Ginny is? We could not do this blog without her and her amazing research skills. She was a God-send for City on its Knees.)

Last Saturday, Mission Birmingham had a Prayer Facilitation Coaching “class” to train prayer leaders how to facilitate Scripture-based, dynamic corporate prayer. For more info, check out www.missionbirmingham.org. Kevin led us in praying out of Psalm 113. It was amazing how God showed up and brought such unity to a group of folks who for the most part did not know each other. If you’re a prayer leader or ministry leader, or even a parent, you should come to our next one in April! Anyway, all that to say….we’re also going to use Psalm 113 to pray for Nectar today.

Psalm 113 – “Praise the LORD! Praise, o servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, who is enthroned on high, who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people. He makes the barren woman abide in the house as a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!”

Lord God, we praise Your name because there is none like You. There is power in Your glorious name, the power to rescue us, redeem and restore us. We praise You because Your glory is above the heavens. We are amazed that even though You are altogether glorious, You also look to us whom You have made, to lift us up and sit us with Your Son in the heavenly places.

We pray for the town of Nectar, AL today, Lord God. We pray that the glorious name of the LORD would be praised in that town. May the people of this town experience You and all the names that describe who You are for us and to us. We pray for every person in Nectar today to be lifted from whatever circumstance has them pressed down and distressed, and to be seated with You today. We pray that the town itself would realize the full purpose to which You called it into existence, so that You would receive all the glory, and so that they would enjoy Your favor and blessing.

Father, we pray for Mayor Rickey Box. Cause him to be firmly established on the Rock, Christ Jesus. Be a shield around him and the lifter of his head. Give him and all the town’s leadership wisdom from above, and humility to submit their plans to You, so that You can order their steps both for their city and for their personal lives.

Bless the Church in Nectar to carry Your name in and around their community. Raise her up to be the Bride You have called her to be, Lord. Establish her in Your righteousness and grace. Let the church be Your hands and feet and heart to the people of Nectar.

Lord, would You please bless this town with fruitfulness? May everything they put their hand to that is Your will for them be productive. We pray that the town of Nectar would enjoy blessing and provision with great joy, recognizing it is a gift from You. Bless them, Lord God, because of Your great name, and so that Your great name can be known in and through them. Amen.

Leave a comment below to let us know how God is leading you to pray for Nectar today. Thank you for praying with us. Just think, the few minutes you spend praying with us has eternal value!

 

 

Beautiful Nauvoo

Today we begin going through the N’s, most of which are towns I had not heard of before. If you have lived in Nauvoo, or know about these towns over the next couple of weeks, we would love to hear from you! I would love to someday visit all the towns and cities we’ve prayed for. Until then, I need you to fill me in on what these places are like.

Located in Walker and Winston Counties (straddles the two counties)

Mayor Dwight Byram

Founded in 1888

Incorporated in 1907

Named in honor of Nauvoo, Illinois, a city founded by Joseph Smith, a Mormon prophet. Navoo is also a Hebrew word meaning “beautiful place”

2010 population 221

  • Originally known as O’Mary’s Mill

  • Once a coal mining community located on Blackwater Creek.

  • When the Norfolk Southern Railroad was built, Joshua Blackwell donated the land and the town moved to its present location which, at the time, was close to the railroad.

  • Dr. Sanky, who practiced medicine in Nauvoo from 1903 until the 1940’s delivered the first quadruplets in Alabama.  His office is still standing.

Margaret Early Lee’s book, Memories of Nauvoo, gives a history of this small town

Instead of Scripture, which is always the best source to pray out of, I have a chorus running through my head that we used to sing in youth group.
“Oh Lord, You’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek. For when Your eyes are on this child, Your grace abounds to me.”

Dear Father, You are wonderful and altogether lovely. You are perfect – perfect love, perfect righteousness, perfect beauty, perfect justice, even perfect wrath (whoa, chew on that one for a moment) – the epitome of perfection. Your will is perfect, and You execute it perfectly. So many of us wear ourselves out striving for perfection, but we can rest in You, because You are our perfection, our holiness, our righteousness, and because You give us grace for our imperfection. You do not call us to be perfect; You call us to be holy. If we are in Christ, we can be a mess according to “perfect” standards, yet we can still be holy. Because of Jesus. Praise the Lord!

Lord, we pray for the town of Nauvoo today. Release the people of Nauvoo from impossible standards of perfection, and from the slavery of others’ expectations. In Jesus’ name, we pray You would break off every yoke of impossible standards in every area of their life. Let them experience the freedom of Your grace through the Gospel. Father, thank You that it is “by grace (we) are saved, through faith, and that not of works, so that no one may boast”. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

We lift up Mayor Dwight Byram to You today, and ask that he would walk in the freedom of Your grace. Compel Mayor Byram to seek Your face before everything else. Turn towards him, Lord, and be gracious to Him. Cause Your face to shine upon him so that He may be saved. Give him and the rest of this town’s leadership wisdom and grace to lead well. Release them from the impossible standards of perfection that the public oftentimes puts on our leaders. Cause them to rest in Your grace for them.

We pray that this town would be known as a beautiful place to everyone who lives there, works there, and visits there, because You are in that place. Let Your perfect grace shine on Nauvoo, and spread to all the surrounding areas, and even to the world. Establish this town in Your favor, Lord, for Your glory. May it reflect the beauty of our Lord.

If you have any personal experience or knowledge about Nauvoo, we would love to hear from you in the comments below. Or share with us how you are being led to pray for this town.