Praying for Riverside

Located in St. Clair County

Mayor Rusty Jessup

Founded in 1882 as the town of Readman. Renamed Riverside in 1883

Incorporated in 1886

Named for its location on the Coosa River

2010 population: 2, 208

  • In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was a center of logging and sawmills
  • Was St. Clair County’s largest industrial center for many years
  • The Coleman Ferry, which crossed the Coosa River, operated until 1937. The W. A. Coleman house remains a period landmark in Riverside
  • In 1964, following the completion of the Logan Martin Dam, Logan Martin Lake was filled. This resulted in a 14-foot rise in the level of the Coosa River, leaving a portion of the original town at the bottom of the lake.
  • Has an abundant supply of pure water and is considered by some to have the finest water supply in Alabama. In 2001, the National Rural Water Association named the town’s water system the best-tasting water in America.
  • Tourism is a primary source of revenue
  • Since 2000, the population of Riverside has grown faster than 98% of similarly-sized cities.

Yesterday, a friend of mine just so happened to post a news report from Riverside, about an alligator that was hanging out in the water there. You can read about it here.

Psalm 46:4-7 – “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.”

What an enormous privilege we have to come before You, the Most High God! So many of us get all excited when some celebrity we like nods in our direction. Yet we fail to grasp the reality that You, who are the One who is most famous, and the greatest hero, and the Most High God, doesn’t merely nod in our direction, but has gone to the uttermost lengths in order to pursue us and invite us to have a relationship with Yourself. And once we have that relationship, it lasts for eternity and allows us intimate access to You through prayer and through Your Word. It grants us protection, security and provision like nothing else can. Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord God!

Lord God, we ask that You would make Riverside, Alabama like the city of God. Make it a place where You dwell in its midst, and are welcome there. Please cause it to be firmly established in righteousness and justice. Holy Spirit, we ask that You would flow like a river of living water through every home, every place of business, through every church, every charity, every courthouse and every political office in Riverside. Wash away sin and deception. Bring life and restoration into every dead place. Do Your work in the midst of this town so that it makes the people rejoice in You.

For Mayor Jessup, we pray that You would refresh him and strengthen him to lead this town the way You have called him to. Grant him and the other town leaders wisdom and humility. Wash their hearts with the water of Your Word, Lord God. Renew a right spirit within them. Grant to them the joy of Your salvation, and lead them in the everlasting way.

Also, I want to take a minute and pray for the practical and immediate situation regarding the alligator that is hanging out around town, near the water. (See the link to the article above) We pray that You would allow that situation to be resolved quickly and safely for everyone involved. We ask that no loss of life or bodily harm to people or pets would occur as they seek to relocate this alligator back to his more natural habitat.

We pray all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

How is the Lord prompting you to pray?