Praying for Parrish

Located in Walker County

  • Land area: 2.1 square miles
  • Population in 2010: 1,268; in 2012: 978

Mayor Cedrick Ramsey

  • ┬áHe became the Mayor Pro Tem when the previous mayor resigned in the middle of his second term in July 2013 for health reasons

Incorporated in October 1922

  • Founded in 1878
  • First known as Hewitt, after the first post office established there in 1878
  • Also known as Jonesboro at the same time, after the first post master
  • Name changed to Parrish in 1891 after the first telegraph officer
  • Known as a coal-mining town

Recent leadership is credited for turning the town of Parrish around, reducing the formerly high crime rate, improving local roads and government buildings, and becoming a model of small-town development.

The town experienced a lot of change in a short period of time in 2013 when the previous mayor and a few other city leaders resigned from their positions.

I felt led to two passages for Parrish:

Psalm 127:1 – “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.”
Psalm 89:14-16 – “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; lovingkindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all the day, and by Your righteousness they are exalted.”

You are altogether glorious in Your holiness. You dwell in inapproachable light (I think that’s a verse, but I can’t find it at the moment). Your reign in righteousness and justice. There is no shadow of turning with You, as the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” says. In Your love and mercy, You cover us with Your robes of righteousness, and we are in awe and profoundly, eternally grateful.

Today, we lift up the town of Parrish, Alabama before You, Lord God. We pray that the huge strides that have been made in recent years would not be in vain. Cause Mayor Ramsey and the current town leaders to put their eyes on You as they govern their town. We pray Mayor Ramsey and the councilmen and -women would rejoice in Your name, that they would walk in the light of Your countenance, and that by Your righteousness they would be exalted.

We pray that You would establish a firm foundation of Your righteousness and justice for this town. If there is any injustice anywhere in this town, we pray You would bring it into the light of Your truth, and bring Your righteousness to bear on those situations. Set up intercessors as Your watchmen over Parrish; please guard and protect this town, Lord. Build it up to be all that You have called it to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, we cancel every plan of the enemy to hold this city back from the Lord’s will for it, and we cancel every word curse that has been spoken over Parrish. We speak the blessing of the name of the LORD over Parrish, Alabama.

Finally, we pray that You would encourage the hearts of the people of Parrish. Change is hard, and last year it sounds like they experienced a lot of change all at once with key people in leadership. Cause them to look to You and put their trust and hope for their town in You alone. Bless the people not only with provision for their physical needs, but also with a personal relationship with You through Your Son. Cause this town and its people to prosper according to Kingdom prosperity for Your glory.

We pray all of this in Your holy name, Amen.

We’ve all experience moments of great upheaval and change, and so we can relate to what that felt like for Parrish. How does that prompt you to pray for them today?