Located in Chilton County

Established in 1895; Incorporated in 1901

  • Settled by 3 Swedes: Theodore T. Thorson, John F. Peterson and John E. Hedberg, and one Norwegian: K.G. Faegre
  • They originally settled in the North, but came south looking for a mild climate and fertile soil for fruits and vegetables
  • Town was named for Theodore T. Thorson (the suffix “by” means “town” in Swedish).  There is also a possible family connection to Torsby, Sweden.

Mayor Jean Nelson

2010 population: 1,980

  • Center of town is approximately 45 miles from both Birmingham and Montgomery
  • Known for its peaches and other fruit
  • Proud of its Scandinavian heritage
  • Since 1988, the town has hosted the Annual Swedish Festival every Fall. It includes arts and crafts, a pageant, music, a fun run, car and motorcycle shows, and lots of food.

Isaiah 33:5,6 – “The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. And He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is his treasure.”

Lord God, we exalt You. You sit enthroned above the circle of the earth in the splendor of Your majesty. In what seems like a juxtaposition, You are also intimately acquainted with all of our ways. Just as You have established the heavens and the earth according to Your Sovereign plan, You have also established nations and cities. You establish each of us on the path You have ordained for us. You are our stability, especially when we acknowledge You as our Lord and Savior.

Thank You for establishing the town of Thorsby to be a part of Your Sovereign plan. We pray that Thorsby would be like Zion, may it and its citizens be filled with justice and righteousness. Like the fertile soil in this area, we pray that the hearts of the people of Thorsby would be fertile to the seed of God’s Word, so that they would be able to bear the fruit of the Spirit. Use this town to impact its children and descendants with the power and influence of the Gospel. Let them put even more joy and hope in their spiritual heritage in the Lord as they do in their physical heritage (which is quite cool).

We pray especially for Mayor Nelson and the town council to be established in righteousness and justice in their public and private lives. We pray that You would bless them with a wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge. Cause them to revere Your holy name, and to honor Your name in the decisions they make on behalf of Thorsby.

Father, I’m also feeling inclined to pray for the children and the school system in this town. We pray that justice and righteousness would fill the halls and rooms of the schools in and around Thorsby, and even more so the hearts of the children, teachers and other school employees. As our culture becomes increasingly unstable, I pray that You would be the anchor these children can cling to when the world seems scary and uncertain, or even threatening. I pray that every single child in Thorsby would come to know You as their Savior, and who they are in You. Protect them. Let them see Your justice and righteousness on their behalf.


Re-building the Walls – Maplesville, AL


Located in Southwest Chilton County

Mayor W. C. Hayes, Jr.

Settled by European immigrants after the Battle of Horseshoe Bend

Incorporated in 1914. The incorporation lapsed because the town failed to hold elections.

Reincorporated in 1947

Named after Stephen W. Maples, the town’s first postmaster

2010 population 708

  • Originally located at the crossroads of the Elyton Road from Selma to Birmingham and the Fort Jackson Road from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery. Stagecoaches stopped at the Inns and taverns.

  • The Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad completed a line 3 miles west of the town in 1950 and the Alabama & Tennessee River Railway completed a line in 1853. A depot was constructed and residents and business began moving closer to the railroad. In 1856, when the Maplesville post office was relocated to the railroad town, the new town was renamed Maplesville.  The site of the original town became deserted.

  • The new town became a shipping point for cotton and other goods.

As I was praying about what verse or passage to pray out of for Maplesville, I was led to the book of Nehemiah. There wasn’t a particular verse there, but felt like the Lord was directing me/us to pray out of the themes of the book.  I have never done this before.

LORD God of heaven, You are the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love You and keep Your commandments. We ask that You would be attentive to our prayers on behalf of the town of Maplesville, Alabama. (based on Neh. 1:5,6)

We pray that You would increase the God-given love and concern for Maplesville to its citizens past and present, and especially to the intercessors for that town. Cause them to seek You for the good of their town. Give them Your prayers to pray. Protect them from praying out of manmade agendas and ideas. Protect them from those who would mock them for the desire and the calling You have given them for Maplesville. Give them strength to withstand discouragement and every tactic of the enemy to distract them from seeking You for their city.

Lord, we pray that You would increase wisdom for Mayor Hayes and the city leadership. We pray that Your favor would be on them, and in turn that Mayor Hayes would have favor on the intercessors and city-builders and would give them the resources they need to pursue what You have called them to do. We pray that the city leaders would be blessed with respect and honor because of their position, and that the weight of their responsibilities would be lighter because of the cooperation of those they lead.

Father, raise up the walls of righteousness around Maplesville, and protect this town from every effort of the enemy to interrupt and to tear down what You are doing through Your people there. Cause Your people to pray without hesitation in the face of the enemy, and to stand and see Your salvation on their behalf. We ask that You would overcome discouragement, and reinstate justice where it has been lost.

We pray that the house of God would not be forsaken in this town. (Neh. 13:11) Please loose Your kingdom provisions upon every true house of God and every ministry that You have ordained in Maplesville. Remove those who seek their own gain or who are dishonestly withholding Your provision from Your people. We pray that You would remember Your covenant with Your people and have compassion on them because of Your lovingkindness.

May Maplesville be a town established in peace and in the covenant lovingkindness and provision of the Lord. Amen.

Is there a passage the Lord brings to your mind for the town of Maplesville? If so, please share it in the comments.


Blessing and Favor for Jemison


Located in Chilton County

Mayor Eddie Reed

Incorporated in 1907 (After the old City Charter became dormant, Jemison was reincorporated in December of 1919.)

Named for Col. Robert Jemison, a Civil War era politician and prominent businessman in Tuscaloosa

2010 population 2,585

  • At the geological end of the Appalachian Mountain Range and near the very center of the state.

  • Grew along a stagecoach route between Birmingham and Montgomery.  Travelers rested overnight by a spring located in Jemison. The spring was later named “Jemison Springs.”

  • First house built in 1869

  • First called Langstonville or Langston station. When the name was changed to Jemison, the U.S. Post Office misspelled it Jamison.  This name remained until 1888 when the spelling was corrected.

  • The railroad through Jemison began operation in 1870 and the first depot was built in 1872. This allowed Jemison to grow into a market center where local farmers sold their produce and cotton.

Today, I just launched straight into prayer for this city, without a Scripture passage to pray out of. As I looked back over it, I noticed themes from Revelation 4, Psalm 127 (I think that’s the correct reference), Psalm 119, Psalm 91 and Psalm 85, and maybe a couple of others. It’s like a melting pot of Scripture!

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are good and Your love and mercy endure forever. You have created all things, and for Your pleasure and purpose, they were created. To You alone be all honor and blessing, glory and power.

Father, You have established the town of Jemison for Your pleasure and purpose. You love this town and want Your best for it. We pray that righteousness and peace would be established in Jemison. May the people there see Your mercy and grace all around them. May the glory of the Lord shine on them.

We pray that You would uphold Mayor Reed and the city leaders with Your righteous right hand. Go before them to guide them, and stand behind them as their rear guard. We pray that the Word would be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path in all that they do. Give them grace to accomplish all that You have given them to do, and may You receive all the glory for it.

We pray that You would bless the Church in Jemison with unity and provision. Cause her to manifest all the fruit of the Spirit in order to reach the lost, to take care of the widows and orphans, the least and the lost, and to worship You in spirit and truth in all that they do. May Your Church be Your wings of safety and refuge for the broken and hurting, and let it be the light that shines in the darkness.

We pray for blessing and favor for the town of Jemison, Father. We declare this town is beloved by its Creator. Cause Your face to shine on Jemison. Amen.

It’s the weekend, and a beautiful Fall weekend at that. Still, take a few moments to lift up a prayer for Jemison. You’ll be glad you did!



Praying for Clanton, AL

  • Mayor – Billy Joe Driver
  • Founded in 1867 by Alfred Baker
  • Named in honor of Confederate War hero General James Holt Clanton
  • Originally named Goose Pond
  • Incorporated in 1873
  • Chilton County seat
  • State’s largest producer of peaches – known for Peach Park and its annual Peach Festival to honor and celebrate its peach farmers every year
  • Population in 2010 was 8,619
  • During the Civil War, what is now Clanton was part of a large estate belonging to Joseph Williams
  • During World War II, a small German prisoner-of-war camp was located in Clanton

Many, many thanks to Ginny, our new city researcher for most of this info on Clanton! She is an answer to our prayers for people to be raised up to help us here at City on its Knees.

Mark 4:3-8 – “Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”

Father, we pray that You would bless the farmers in Clanton by bringing increase to their crops and let them be encouraged by seeing a greater return for their efforts than they were expecting. Let them know it’s by Your hand alone that You have done it, so that if any do not know You, they would turn and put their trust in You.

We pray that the pastors and elders of the churches in Clanton would be faithful sowers of Your Word. We pray for unity among the pastors and churches in this city, so that together they can reap the harvest of Your Word in the lives and communities around them.

We lift up Mayor Driver, the city council, and other leaders/managers of this city, and pray that You would also bless their efforts to lead well and wisely. Cause them to look to You for wisdom and direction in everything they do. We pray for supernatural increase for the city’s resources and success in all that they set their hand to that is of Your will. May it be obvious to all that it is You who brings blessing and increase to their city, their crops, their resources, and everything that concerns them. May You receive all the honor and glory for it. Amen.

How is the Lord leading you to pray for Clanton?