Praying for Warrior, Alabama

Today we begin the municipalities that begin with “W”, which is the last letter for Alabama municipalities. I can’t believe we are so close to the end! There is always a chance we may have missed a city or town, so if you visit the blog and can’t find your hometown, please let us know. It could be that it hasn’t been officially incorporated yet, or that it wasn’t incorporated when our list was compiled (a few years ago), or that we somehow left it off our list out of human error.

I also wanted to share that a lot of the historical facts we list about each municipality we get from the city or town’s website, if they have one, or websites such as Wikipedia or City-town Info.com. Ginny, our main researcher, also makes phone calls and talks to real people who work in the city or town hall whenever possible. When she’s not able to do it, Google is my friend and “researcher”.

www.cityofwarrior.com

Located in Jefferson and Blount Counties

  • Northernmost city in Jefferson County. Outlying parts of the city are in Blount County.

Mayor Johnny Ragland

Named for the Warrior coal fields and the Black Warrior River which drained them

  • Was once hunting grounds for Native Americans
  • White settlers came to the area around 1816
  • Settlers founded Cane Creek School, the earliest school in the area, before Alabama became a state
  • Post office established in 1872

Arrival of the railroad in the 1860s transformed Warrior into a boomtown

  • People of all nationalities came by the thousands for the coal mining industry
  • Turbulence followed as the community experienced strikes and violence as different culture tried to learn to live together
  • A spirit of community emerged during the poverty and turmoil of the Depression, as conditions for miners and their families deteriorated.
  • The community, led by Major William T. Morgan, banded together to save over 200 families from starvation, disease job loss

Warrior Day is an annual event held in early autumn and includes entertainment, food and a large swap meet.

Psalm 33:16-22 – “The king is not saved by a mighty army; a warrior is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a false hope for victory; nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope on His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine.  Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.”

Lord God, You are our shield, our strength and our Mighty Warrior who sings songs of deliverance over us! You fight for us, and we are assured of victory in You! Praise You, Lord God! Hallelujah!

Thank You for the city of Warrior, Alabama, and how You’ve brought them out of that place of turmoil and distress into a place of prosperity and peace. We pray that this city would put their hope in You alone and would rejoice in Your holy name. Let Warrior be a place that is the apple of Your eye, and may the people experience the joy and peace of Your lovingkindness. We pray Your lovingkindness would invade every home, every place of business, every church and every place of government in Warrior.

We pray for Mayor Ragland to put his hope and trust in You. For every difficult situation, for every battle he might face, we pray that he would trust in You to be His shield and defense. Give him and those who serve alongside him the wisdom to utilize every tool at their disposal to lead their city well, but to ultimately look to You as the source of hope, help and provision for their city and even their personal lives.

For those in this city who are suffering, we pray Lord God that You would deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We speak hope and life into those lives and situations that seem dead and hopeless. Mighty Warrior, we pray that You would step into those places and bring Your victory and deliverance out of Your compassion and faithfulness. May every person in Warrior know who their Warrior King is. Let them hope in You. Amen.

 

Inseparable – Praying Romans 8:38-39

We are praying for Vincent, Alabama today. We are only 8 municipalities away from the end of our list!

www.townofvincent.com

Mayor Randy McAllister

Located in Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties

Settled by the Kidd family in the 1800s

Named after one of the Kidd daughters, Anna Bella Vincent

3 significant things led to it being incorporated as a town

  • First school established in 1854
  • First post office in 1887
  • Railroad came through the area in 1887
  • Town was incorporated on Feb. 16, 1887

Current population: 2, 003

A growing town of quiet country living with opportunities for business development

Home to Alabama’s largest living Christmas tree

Romans 8:31-32, 35, 37-39 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, then who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”….”Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?”…..”But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convince neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Lord Jesus, we thank You and praise You for Your salvation, freely given to us though it cost You everything. Gracious Father, indeed how can we not trust You and Your love for us, when You gave Your only Son to die for us when we were Your enemies.

We pray that You would be for the town of Vincent, Alabama, and that nothing would be able to prevail against the town nor the people there. We pray for Your salvation to dwell in the midst of this town, and in every home and place of business. Let the Church of Vincent be a beacon of the Gospel.

It’s easy to read this passage too quickly and assume that it somehow promises a protection from tribulation, distress, persecution, etc. However, it only says that those things cannot separate us from Your love, and through You, we can be more than conquerors even in the midst of great hardship. So Father, we pray that for every person suffering in this town, that they would find the love of Christ that will carry them through it. We pray that as a town, they would look to You to carry them through every hardship they face. Thank You for the testimony they already have of being brought through difficult times and prospering in spite of them.

We pray for Mayor McAllister to also know and experience the love of Christ. We pray for his protection, but we also pray that for the things you allow to come into his life and into this town’s life, that it would only drive him closer to You. Cause Him to look to You for everything he needs pertaining to life and godliness. We pray that whatever might be coming against Mayor McAllister and the leadership of this town to try and separate them from Your love and Your will would be completely negated, in Jesus’ name. We declare that they, and this town, are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Aren’t you SO glad of God’s great love for us? Can you think of a person or a community that needs to know this truth today? Why not take a moment to post a prayer for them in the comments? There is great power when we come together in agreement in the Spirit through prayer!

Praying for Vestavia Hills

www.vhal.org

Located in Jefferson and Shelby Counties

Mayor Alberto C. Zaragoza, Jr.

Named for the 20-acre estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward

  • Mansion was completed in 1925
  • Patterned after the Temple of Vesta in Rome
  • Had a gazebo patterned after the Temple of Sybil in Tivoli
  • After his death, the mansion was purchased by Vestavia Baptist Church; the gazebo was moved to a spot on the Red Mountain Expressway, overlooking Birmingham.

Estate was developed into a residential suburb in 1946 on the southern flank of Shades Mountain

Incorporated as a city on Nov. 8, 1950

Vestavia Hills’ school system is one of the best in the state

Psalm 121 has been on my mind a lot for a while now, and because of the first verse, it seems appropriate to use for this city.
Psalm 121 – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.”

Lord God, thank You for being our constant help. You reign on high, and You are the Creator of heaven and earth. How is it that we doubt Your power and strength to come to our aid? You are our source of strength and our help. All of our hope is in You.

Today we lift up the City of Vestavia Hills to You, and we declare that You are the One True God over Vestavia Hills. You have established this city according to Your good pleasure and will, and we pray that You would continue to keep this city. Protect the city and its inhabitants from evil. We pray for protection over every person as they enter the city, and for every person who exits the city. We pray that You would establish the steps of the righteous in this city, and bring down the wicked so that they might be undone to the point of repentance and putting their trust in You as their Savior and Lord. May Salvation come to every home in Vestavia Hills.

We pray for Mayor Alberto Zarogoza. Thank You, Lord, for his many years of service to this city in different capacities. We pray that he would keep his eyes on You, acknowledging Your hand in all matters pertaining to his city and his life. We pray that You would keep Mayor Zarogoza, and all those who help lead and serve this city, from evil and harm. Lead them in the way of salvation for Your name’s sake. Grant them humility, wisdom, provision, and discernment to lead well. We pray for the unity of the Holy Spirit to reside in every meeting, and give them grace to work together in one accord.

Heavenly Father, I also pray that You would raise up the intercessors from this city to stand as “watchmen on the walls” not only over their great city of Vestavia Hills, but also over the city of Birmingham and other surrounding municipalities and communities. I pray that the churches in this city would be able to establish a vibrant, dynamic culture of prayer in their midst, which in turn would help ignite the Body of Christ throughout Vestavia and the metro-Birmingham area. (I know this is a weird thing to pray in this context of praying for a city, but I have this picture of people in that gazebo on Red Mountain praying over their city and over Birmingham/Homewood. Wouldn’t that be SO cool to do??)

We pray all of this to the God who never slumbers or sleeps, and who watches over all that we do. Selah.

Most of us are very familiar with Vestavia Hills, I’m thinking. What do you want to ask the Lord for on behalf of this city?

Trussville – “Gateway to Happy Living”

This is the first of our last ten municipalities in the metro-B’ham area! We will continue to share prayer-based posts for various places around the metro-B’ham area once we are finished praying through all 90+ municipalities, but we are still praying for the Lord to show us exactly what He wants that to look like. Would you join us in seeking Him for the future of City on its Knees?

Trussville is located in Jefferson and St Clair counties; considered a suburb of Birmingham

Mayor Gene Melton

www.cityoftrussville.com

Originally settled by European settler from North Carolina, Warren Truss, who constructed a grist mill on the Cahaba River in 1821

  • Remained an agricultural community until after the Civil War when the Alabama-Chattagnooga Railway was built through the town
  • In 1866, a blast furnace was built where the current Hewitt-Trussville School now stands
  • During the Depression in 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Government Resettlement Administration built houses in the area and called it “Cahaba Homestead Village”. It was called Slagheap Village by the locals.
  • Incorporated as a town on June 10, 1947
  • Officially became a city on May 31, 1957 and the name was changed to Trussville

2010 population: 19, 933

  • One of the fastest-growing cities in Jefferson County and Alabama
  • Its citizens still lovingly refer to it as “Mayberry”
  • Strives to keep a small-town feel while enjoying the benefits of being a big city

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “‘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. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.'”

I never really noticed this before, but this very well-known and beloved set of verses is set in the context of instructing the Israelites on how to settle into and live in the city(ies) the Lord had sent them to. Isn’t that cool? Jeremiah 29:7 says, “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.”

Heavenly Father, in Your Sovereign plan, You have placed each one of us into the cities and towns in which we now live. Your plan is always for our good and Your glory, and it includes the places we live. Cause us to live in a manner that reflects our trust in Your perfect plan for our lives, and compel us to seek the welfare of our cities in prayer and in action.

Today, Lord, we seek the welfare of the city of Trussville. Thank You for the work You have already done in this city to establish it in prosperity and blessing. It is a unique blessing for a city to be able to grow as fast as Trussville has and still maintain its small-town feel. We pray that You would continue to bless it in that way.

We pray that the people of Trussville would be diligent to seek You and trust You for their lives and for the welfare of their city and communities. Compel them to draw near to You. Thank You for Your promises to be found when we seek You with all our hearts. Whatever there may be that would hinder them from seeking You, we pray that You would remove it. May the power of the Gospel shine forth from Trussville even brighter than their prosperity and growth. More than a “Gateway to Happy Living”, like the city’s motto, thank You that the Gospel is the “gateway to joy-filled living”. Reverse the advance the enemy has made into any area of their lives: marriages and families, schools, business, politics, healthcare, government, etc.

We pray for Mayor Melton and those who serve along-side him in leadership over this great city. We pray that in humility, they would put their trust in You alone, and would seek Your face for the welfare of their city. Grant them peace and confidence in knowing You will listen and answer them when they call upon You and pray to You, not only for the city, but also in their own lives. We pray that their private lives would bless You and honor You, as well. Let their whole lives be lived in a way that brings honor to You and blessing to their families and to their city.

We ask for all these things in the matchless name of the God of the city, The Great I Am, to whom we have access because of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Take a moment of time and find one of the cities/towns we’ve prayed for, and ask the Lord’s blessing on that place. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be able to say we’ve prayed through nearly every municipality in the metro-B’ham area. We would love for you to be a part of that if you haven’t already.

 

Praying for Trafford, AL

Located in North Jefferson County, with a small portion that extends into Blount County

Mayor Lee Motes

Incorporated in 1948

2010 population: 646

  • Originally named Union City, but changed it because another town in Alabama already went by that name
  • Named Trafford after prominent landowner C.R. Trafford
  • The town grew up along the Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Psalm 31:21-24 – “Blessed be the LORD, for He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city. As for me, I said in my alarm, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; nevertheless you heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to You. O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful and fully recompenses the proud doer. Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.”

*The phrase “fully recompenses the proud doer” confused me a bit, so I looked up the words in that phrase in the Strong’s concordance on the Blue Letter Bible website. From that information, I think the phrase could be interpreted, “although He brings to an end the arrogant performer.” I am no expert at using Strong’s concordance, so if anyone thinks I am completely mistaken, please let me know.

**Also, if anyone wonders why I capitalized “LORD” in those verses, it’s because that’s how it was written. It means that the original word there was for Yahweh – the one true God or the Great I AM.

Lord God, we bless Your name. I think the words of one of my favorite songs “The Great I AM” says it best, “Hallelujah! Holy, holy! God Almighty, the Great I AM! Who is worthy; none beside Thee, God Almighty, the Great I AM!” We praise You and bless You simply for who You are, so holy and magnificent and so far above us that we would not even be able to perceive You at all if You did not choose to reveal Yourself to us. Yet because of Your love for us and in Your mercy and grace, You reveal Yourself in the wonders of Creation all around us, and through Your Son who died for us so that we could have a relationship with the Great I AM. Praise You, LORD!!

Lord, we pray that You would make Your lovingkindness – Your love, mercy and unfailing love, Your covenantal love – abundantly available to the town of Trafford and those who live there. We pray that Your marvelous love would rescue people in Trafford and the surrounding communities out of darkness and into Your marvelous light! (I Peter 2:9) Every city, town and community are besieged by the enemy of our souls who would seek to steal, kill and destroy. We pray that the town of Trafford would know that You have come to give them life, abundant life in Your Son. (John 10:10)

We pray that the people of this town would never feel cut off from You. Open up the floodgates of pour out Your Spirit on this town, Lord. Let them see You. Tear down every stronghold in Trafford, Alabama that would try to exalt itself above the truth of Your omnipresence and lovingkindness. Let the whole Gospel be known and lived out in the whole church in this town, Lord God. We pray for Your Church in Trafford to love You with all the heart, soul, strength and mind; to be worthy of carrying Your name and the hope of the Gospel among their fellow citizens of Trafford and even unto the uttermost parts of the earth.

We pray for Mayor Motes and the leadership of Trafford. Let their hope for their town and their own lives be in You, Lord. We sometimes fall into looking to politics and man-made agendas to fix things, and it’s only in You that we find hope of real change. Let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in this town, and let these men and women be agents of Your Kingdom. Let them see Your faithfulness on their behalf and on behalf of their town.

We pray that Trafford would be a town of hope as they experience Your unfailing love and mercy on their behalf. May it rise up in courage and strength as they wait on the LORD.

 

 

 

Blessing the Children – a Back-to-school Prayer

Throughout this month, children all over the metro-B’ham area will be going back to school – public, private, homeschool and college. Some have already started back. Even though I have the next 2 cities prepped and almost ready to go up on the blog here, I could not get away from the thought that perhaps we should lift up these children in prayer together. After all, not only are they precious gifts from the Lord, but they are also the future of the cities and towns we love and are praying for. My prayer has been mostly prompted from The Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13. I might also reference parts of other verses as I pray.

Heavenly Father, You sit enthroned in Sovereign Lordship over all the earth. Nothing happens to us or to our children that You are not aware of and divinely allow into our lives, as hard as it is sometimes. Praise be to God, who can take all of the moments that touch our lives and redeem them for our good and Your glory. In Your holiness, You never fail, and in it we find Your perfect love, Your amazing grace and mercy for us and for our children; we also find Your justice and wrath when evil is suffered by Your children. Indeed, were it not for the blood of Christ shed for us, all of us would have to endure the full measure of Your wrath. Therefore, we plead the blood of Jesus Christ over the children of the metro-B’ham area. We proclaim salvation over them. May the power and the truth of the Gospel become more real than all the other voices clamoring for their souls.

Father, let Your kingdom come into every schoolroom, every hallway, every locker room, every place where children will be through the course each school day. Let Your kingdom come into every home, and into every heart of every child and parent and teacher, so that righteousness and justice and truth would reign in them and through them. Let Your will be done in their lives. We praise You that Job 42:2 says that You can do all things, and no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Help us and help these children to trust in Your good and perfect plan when it requires them and us to experience very hard and painful things. Thank You, Father, that the truth is, through the pain we can see redemption if we keep our eyes on You. You are the God who redeems and restores. It is what Your kingdom is all about. It is the purpose for which Christ died – to reconcile all things back to God. Hallelujah!

Father, You know that there are children who will go to school hungry, both physically and heart-wise. Thank You for the school programs that help feed these kids physically. Yet You are the only one who can feed their soul and hearts. So we pray for physical provision for them, maybe even raising up local churches to help meet that physical need. And we pray they would encounter the Bread of Life, who would fill them like nothing else can in their heart, mind and spirit. Let them know You and experience You every single day, even in an environment and circumstances that would try to deny You.

Because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we can receive forgiveness for our sins. Forgiveness, though, is becoming a foreign concept in our culture, which is breeding so much violence. Father, by Your Spirit, we pray that these kids would experience forgiveness, and would learn how to extend it to others. Dispel the lies that we’ve been taught about what forgiveness is and isn’t, and show them how powerful true forgiveness is.

Father, there is so much evil surrounding us and these precious children in this day and age. Please protect them. Oh how my heart aches and grieves at the headlines which have become all too common about children suffering abuse at the hands of the very ones they were supposed to trust. Father, can I be so bold to ask that this school year, not one child would be abused in the school setting? We also pray that for all the children who have been abuse and are still suffering in silence and fear, that You would expose the evil that was done to them, and bring justice on their behalf. Deliver them from evil, O God!

Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

What would you pray for the school-children of the metro-B’ham area?

 

Praying for Tarrant

To those of you who might be a bit OCD, like I am, about things being in correct alphabetical order, forgive me. Tarrant should have been posted before Thorsby. Thankfully, the important thing is that it doesn’t matter to God what order they’re in, of course, and He hears our prayers for each municipality.


www.cityoftarrant.com

Located in Jefferson County, 5 miles NE of Birmingham

Mayor Loxcil B. Tuck

Incorporated on August 17, 1918

2010 population: 6, 397

  • Founded as a city of industry, according to its website
  • 2 versions of why city was named Tarrant: Named in honor of Benjamin Tarrant, who lived in the community most of his life. Other sources claim city was named for Felix I. Tarrant, the president of National Cast Iron Pipe Company, which built the first major industrial plant in the area in 1912.
  • Home to many churches
  • Includes water recreation areas such as Ketona Lakes and Barton Branch

Psalm 33:18-23 – “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.”

Hallelujah to the One who is full of truth and lovingkindness! It is easy to look around us and find things that rob us of our hope, and damages our trust. If we keep our eyes on You, Lord, our hope is renewed day by day, and we can rest in Your unfailing love.

We lift up to You the City of Tarrant today, Lord God. Thank You that Your eye is on this city and its people. We pray that that fact would be a reality to the people there, and that it would change them. Grant them a reverence and awe of the God of the universe who calls them by name. Let them recognize that Your holiness isn’t about an angry God waiting to smite down or condemn those who fall short of His standards, but that it’s about a loving God who knew they would be unable to even comprehend His character, and so sent His only Son to reveal Himself to us, and to pay the price with His life so that we could enjoy Your love, mercy, grace and holiness for eternity. Make the true Gospel known throughout the city of Tarrant. Separate it from the perverted gospel that runs rampant in our American culture – especially in the South.

We pray life over Tarrant, Alabama, abundant life that can only be found in You. We pray that Your resurrection power would encompass this city and raise up the dead places, where Satan thought he had won. We pray for redemption and restoration of those things the enemy came to steal, kill and destroy. We pray for the counterbalance, which is Your abundant life.

We pray for Mayor Tuck and those who serve alongside her in leadership. We pray that You would enable them to wait on the LORD. Let them see and know that You are their help and shield, when they wait on You and fear Your name. We pray that their hearts would rejoice in You. Lead them in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake.

Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon Tarrant, AL, according as they hope in You.

What are you hoping in the Lord for today?