Addendum for Alabaster – from the Mayor

Citizens of Alabaster, you are indeed blessed to have a mayor who follows the Lord and is committed to praying for the city, as well as having some councilmen and -women who also value the power of prayer. It reminds me of Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who builds it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps in wake in vain.” Well, the city leaders of Alabaster seem to recognize that and are putting the Lord first in building and protecting their city. What a blessing!

Below is a response from Mayor Handlon, which includes how she regularly prays for her city. I also know it would be an encouragement to her and the city council to see in the comments how others are praying for them.

I just wanted to take a moment to send a Thank You to all the prayer warriors.  I’m sure our city is not much different from the others in this area as far as specific prayer request, but I did want to take a minute to list the things I continue to pray for in regard to our city:
1. Those still negatively affected by the economy with loss of jobs.
2. Our youth who are constantly exposed to and sometime tempted by the evils of this world like drugs and violence.
3. Our Senior Citizens who are alone, shut-in, and at risk of being taken advantage of by scams.
4. Our City Employees who work hard and give dedicated effort to the community.
 
Thank you again for sharing, and for keeping our city in your prayers,
Marty
A huge thank you to Mayor Handlon, Councilman Hicks, and Councilwoman Rakestraw for taking the time to respond to let us know how they appreciate the prayers for their city.
If you want to find out what is currently going on in Alabaster, visit their website, which they do a great job on keeping up-to-date and interactive.
How do Mayor Handlon’s prayer points prompt you to pray? What Scripture does it bring to mind?

Alabaster – Shine Your light

Alabaster is a city in Shelby County, AL. As of July 2009, it had 29, 681 residents. Their mayor is Marty Handlon. Alabaster was founded in 1925 and was named after the natural mineral that was mined there. It was incorporated on Feb. 23, 1953. Like Adamsville, for whom we prayed on Friday, its tornado and earthquake activity is also higher than the state average.

The passage I believe the Lord led me to for Alabaster is Ephesians 5:13-17 – “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Lord God, You are exalted high above the heavens. Not even the highest heavens can contain You. You are the light of the world. The darkness tries to flee from Your presence, but there is no hiding place from You. Your presence, Your glory, and Your power are ever present, and Your truth abides forever.

Father, we ask that the Church in Alabaster would hear Your call and would awaken to the new thing You are doing in their midst. I know a couple of pastors from some of the churches in Alabaster, and I know their heart for You and their desire to be the Bride of Christ, prepared for her Bridegroom. Remove those things which are hindering them from being the Bride You’ve called them to be. Get them out of the place of complacency and into a place of utter dependence on You. Cause them to diligently seek You with their whole hearts. May the prayers of the saints rise up from Alabaster as a sweet-smelling offering of incense to you. Be their vision and provision, and keep them in the center of Your Word and Your will.

Shine Your light on Your people and on this city. May the people of Alabaster behold Your glory and majesty. Let them behold Your marvelous works, and let it be a sign to them that points to salvation. Give the people discernment to recognize evil and good – to avoid the traps and pitfalls the enemy has laid for them, and to seek after peace and pursue it.

Thank You that Your will is not hidden from those who diligently seek You. We pray that Mayor Handlon and the city council would seek Your will. Give them a spirit of understanding and wisdom so that they would understand Your will as You reveal it to them. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, the Light of the World. Amen.

Please respond with anything the Lord lays on your heart in the comments.