Irondale, Alabama

Today we are praying for Irondale,  Alabama. There is a great ministry in Irondale called The Bridge. It was formally called The Advocate (or The Advocate Center) and was founded by Bill French. It’s a great ministry that has greatly blessed me in the past. They have guest worship leaders and conferences all the time.  Is there a favorite place of yours in Irondale? If so, we would love to hear about it, whether it’s a ministry, restaurant, shopping, or other attraction.

Located in Eastern Jefferson County, 8 miles from Birmingham.

Mayor Leigh Allison

Incorporated on October 19, 1887

2010 population 12,349

According to “Story of Coal and Iron in Alabama” by Ethel Armes, Irondale was the name local people gave this area after the Cahaba Iron Works furnace was built there in1863.

  • Area once used by the Indians as a ceremonial park

  • First settles began to move into the area is 1816

  • Began as a small mining/railroad community

  • Home to Catholic radio and television broadcaster EWTN

  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, written by Fannie Flagg in 1987 was loosely based on the writer’s experiences growing up in Irondale.  In 1992 the book was made into the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

  • The annual Whistle Stop Festival celebrates the Irondale Café. The café, which opened in 1928 and was at one time owned by Fannie Flagg’s great aunt Bess Fortenberry, served as the model for the Whistle Stop Café.

I Thess. 5:12-15 – “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord, and give you instruction, that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.”

Lord God, You are a God of order and not of chaos. You have appointed men and women to be in positions of leadership and authority over us. Our culture would try to convince us that the best way to live is by rebelling against authority and people in leadership. But You are a good God who gives good gifts to Your people, and so being lined up under authority is a good thing and a blessing for us.  Help us to appreciate those in authority over our lives as a good gift, and to appreciate them for the hard work of being in a role of authority.

We pray specifically for Irondale, Lord, and ask that You would bless this city by being lined up under righteous authority. We pray for Mayor Allison and the other city leaders to be clothed with dignity, wisdom and righteousness. May they be blessed by citizens who respect them as a person as well as for the office/position they hold. May this city be blessed with citizens who live in peace with one another.

We pray for the law enforcement personnel of Irondale. Protect them and give them favor among the people they serve. Enable them to do their jobs to the best of their ability, as they handle the unruly and help the weak. May they serve with patience and humility. May those things, along with the Spirit of the Lord, be their strength.

May the peace of Christ be very real for the the City of Irondale, and may they be known as a city which lives in peace. For Your name’s sake. Amen.

Is there a Scripture passage or short prayer the Lord brought to mind as you prayed through this post? If so, please share it in the comments below!