This is our third week in Mission Birmingham‘s Summer Prayer Journey for Nonprofits. We had a wonderful time in the Lord last week as we prayed at The Foundry in Bessemer. I’m noticing one problem though: the Lord is convicting me and changing my heart towards those that our society has cast aside. I’m guilty of being too comfortable in my pew at church to put much thought into those whose lives have been shattered by addiction, abuse, and poverty. At most, I think when I did think about those men and women, I would think that someone else was called to do something about it. Well, that’s a lie. The Lord has called you and me to be His hands and feet to the lost, the hurting, and the dying. They are not beyond the Father’s love, and so He calls us to rescue them. I don’t know what that is supposed to look like for me just yet, but I know it starts with praying for them.
This week, we are visiting The Lovelady Center, which was founded in 2002 by Brenda Spahn in her own home. Brenda felt a call on her life to help women leaving the prison system to successfully re-enter society. The ministry was originally called Freedom Rain Ministries. In 2004, the ministry was able to move into the East Lake Memorial hospital property, and the name was changed to The Lovelady Center, after Brenda’s father, James Lovelady. According to their website, this ministry empowers women, though faith-based initiatives, so they can return to society as well-equipped women of God. They strive to ensure each woman is taught how to overcome barriers to success by providing access to needed services.
Zephaniah 3:14-17 – “14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more. 16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp. 17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (That last verse is one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible.)
Lord, we rejoice in You! You are our salvation and our Deliverer. It says in Col. 2:14 that You have canceled out the debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us. You have taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Hallelujah! Worthy is the Lamb!
Lord Jesus, I pray that every woman and child who comes to The Lovelady Center would come to know You. Thank You that every one of Your judgments against them You have taken away through Your blood. May they know that they are redeemed. Silence the lies of the enemy that would try to convince them they can never change or don’t deserve redemption. Set them free from the enemy of their souls and from every chain he has entangled them in. I pray that every lady in this ministry, and every employee and volunteer, would see You, Jesus, in their midst. These ladies need a hero, and You are the True Hero. You are the Victorious Warrior. Hallelujah!!! Let these ladies and their children know that You exult over them with joy. Quiet them, give them peace, in Your love. Let them hear You rejoicing over them with joyful shouting. May Your joy over them break every yoke that has them bound. Set them free to dance with You, Jesus.
Lord, we also pray for the leadership and staff of The Lovelady Center. Their jobs can be so rewarding, but also so challenging at times, I’m sure. Let them also know that You are rejoicing over them, and that it is You who fight their battles. We pray that they would seek You first in all things, and that by Your Spirit, You would use them to display Your quiet love and Your exuberant joy for the ladies in the program. Lord, we recognize that programs and plans can only get a person so far, but for true and lasting change, it has to be done by Your Spirit. We also know that it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of that truth when we’re in the trenches. So we pray that the leadership and staff would keep their eyes on You, not only letting You fight their battles, but also trusting Your work in the lives of each lady there. We pray for fruit that remains.
Jesus, we pray that You would raise up Kingdom resources for The Lovelady Center. Be their vision and their provision. Be their guide and protection. Let them not fear disaster or hindrance from the past. Clear away every effort of the enemy to come against them. Do not let their hands fall limp in fear or exhaustion or lack. Be their strength and their warrior. Let them see the salvation of the Lord on their behalf. (2 Chron. 20:17, another one of my favorites) King of Israel, be in the midst of this place – the physical building, the ministry operations, the finances, and the hearts and lives of each person connected to this ministry. Amen.
We would love it if you would like to join in with our prayers by leaving your own in the comments section. It could just be a verse or a thought as well. We won’t be visiting a non-profit next Friday. Join us the following Friday, July 10, as we pray for WorkFaith Birmingham.