Pray Where You Are

For the past two weeks, I’ve had to take my dad to the doctor. The trip requires going from Pelham to Oneonta (where he lives) to the doctor in Pell City, and then back again. It’s a 4 hour trip for me, most of which is off the interstate and on roads like Hwy 75 and Hwy 231, which wind through and around little pieces of some of the towns and cities we’ve prayed for through the blog.

I noticed signs for AltoonaOdenville, and Horse Pens 40, which is in Steele. We drove through part of Ashville. I know I shouldn’t be surprised to recognize these places as ones we’ve prayed for, since we’re praying for the whole metro-Birmingham area, but for some reason it made me happy. I felt connected to each of them. Before I started blogging here and praying for these towns and cities, I wouldn’t have thought twice about those signs or the town/cities represented by them. But now, I smiled at each one, thinking of some of the historical facts that have made them what they are today, and asking the Lord to hear and answer the prayers we’ve prayed for them. I’ve often said that you cannot pray for someone consistently without your heart getting connected to that person. I guess the same is true for a city or town.

Then, on the way home, I missed the turn from Hwy 75/Center Point Road and onto Sweeney Hollow Road. I didn’t notice it until I found myself in Center Point. At first, I was frustrated that I had missed the turn. It had been a long day with lots of driving, and I had just made it longer. But then I heard the Lord whisper to me the verse from Joshua 1:3 that says, “Every place on which your foot treads, I have given it to you.” I suddenly realized that Center Point was yet another city we’ve prayed for on the blog, and that perhaps the Lord was giving me the opportunity to pray AND “set my foot” (or the wheels of my vehicle) on this city and all the others we had seen and passed through in our trek to the doctor and back! For a prayer and map nerd like me, this was the COOLEST thought!!! I immediately started praying out loud for Center Point, and then touched on some of the others I had seen that day, and just like that, my frustration over a missed turn and a long day turned into joy as I got to seek God for the city – all of the cities.

So as you go about your day each day, ask the Lord to help you to be mindful to pray for the places He takes you. Your prayers DO make a difference! Claim those places for the kingdom!

Center Point – a “new” city

  • Mayor – Tom Henderson
  • 12 miles North of Birmingham
  • Population: 17,000
  • Ranked No. 9 out of 50 as one of the Best Overall Business-Friendly Cities in Alabama
  • It’s motto – “A New City Emerging From a Historic Community
  • In 1700’s, Native Americans occupied the area
  • In 1816, the Reed family arrived from North Carolina
  • Sometime in the 1900’s, it was given the name Center Point
  • It didn’t become an incorporated city until March 2002
  • The first Methodist church and the first Baptist church in Center Point were both started by women.

Lord Jesus, the diversity of the metro-B’ham area is beginning to amaze and fascinate me – not just the diversity of the people, but the diversity of each place. In our last post we prayed for an old town that seems to be dying out. Today we are praying for a city that is barely a decade old that is growing and prospering. You have such a unique purpose and plan for each person, and for each city, and in Your wisdom, Your plan also includes us growing together in unity and working together to make Alabama what You have ordained it to be.

We pray, Lord, that You would build up Center Point, because otherwise, the labors of those who have worked so hard to make it what it is today would be in vain. ((Psalm 127:1) We pray that the eyes of Mayor Henderson and all the city leaders, business leaders, church leaders, family leaders, and citizens would look to You, because You are the One who opens Your hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16) We pray that the Spirit of the Lord would rest on the citizens and the leaders of Center Point – the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2)

We pray for the Church in Center Point, and ask that You would bless them and cause them “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which they have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3) That little fact about 2 of their churches being started by women, is prompting me to lift up the women in the Body of Christ in Center Point. Lord, we ask that You would line them up under their God-given, righteous authority, and empower them to keep their eyes fixed on You no matter what. Once they are lined up and fixed on You, cause them to be voices of truth and righteousness in their homes, their jobs, their community, and their churches. Break off of them the false traditions of our culture, and instead instill in them the value of what You have called them to do and to be. We pray that the women in the Church in Center Point would look like the women of Titus 2, I Peter 3, and Ephesians 5:22-24. Raise them up to be the Deborahs and the Esthers, and the Marys and even the Marthas You’ve called them to be.

Thank You, for Center Point. We commit them to You, and ask that Your will would be done in them, for them, and through them as it already is in Heaven. We pray this in the name of Jesus, the Head of the Church and our Heavenly Bridegroom, Amen.

What is the Lord prompting you to pray for this new city?