Praying for our Leaders: 2016 Municipal Elections

Last Friday was our final stop in our 2016 Summer Prayer Journey. But wait! There’s more! On Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7pm, New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting a city-wide prayer rally in which East Lake and the ministries we’ve been praying for will be the focus. Mission Birmingham will be facilitating the evening.

This past Tuesday, many of the municipalities we’ve prayed for had elections for those who will be leading their cities. I don’t have info on all of the 90-something cities we’ve prayed for, but of those I do have, I see a mix of incumbents, new mayors, and run-offs, and lots of new and returning council members in various cities. I will eventually be updating each blog post with the new mayors information. At the end of this post, you’ll see a list of municipalities that I don’t have info for as of yet. If you do, please share it with me so that I can update those posts. Thanks!

I Timothy 1: 1-8 – 1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

In Your Sovereignty, Lord, You have appointed men and women to lead our local governments in the metro-B’ham area over the course of the next couple of years. We thank You for the leaders You have chosen for this time, even if some of them aren’t the ones we voted for. You are in control and You are the one who raises up kings and brings them down again to accomplish Your plans and purposes.

We pray for these men and women who will be leading our cities and hometowns to be wise and humble servant-leaders who are even-tempered, not willful or greedy, temperate. We pray that they would be men and women who love what is good, sensible, just, and self-controlled. (from Titus 1:7,8) Let them lead with integrity and honor. We pray that their homes would be places of love and peace. Protect these leaders and their families from every spiritual attack and from every demonic spirit that stands against them and against the cities they serve. We pray for the salvation of every mayor and every council person in the metro-Birmingham area.

As the citizens of these cities, I pray that we would be faithful to support our leaders through our prayers, as You have commanded us. Before we complain, prompt us to pray. Our politics have become a source of such hate, anger, and ungodly behavior. Forgive us, and cause us to turn from those habits and toward the habit of praying for our leaders. You promise in the passage in I Timothy that when we pray for them, it will lead to tranquil, quiet lives in godliness and dignity. That’s what we long for. Lord, we pray for cities that would experience Your kingdom and Your will in our midst as it is in Heaven. I pray that we would pray without “wrath and dissension”.

I also want to specifically lift up those who are facing run-off elections. Running in an election and going through the campaigning process has got to be an exhausting process. I would imagine it can be rather discouraging to realize that you have two more months of it ahead of you. We lift up those men and women who are facing that prospect this week. We pray that they would find their rest in You. Cause them to wait on You as they prepare for their run-offs, so that can then mount up with wings like eagles, they can run and not grow weary, they can walk and not faint. Cause them to see Your hand of grace and mercy on them and their families in the process.

We pray all this to You, praising You because You are worthy of all praise, and because You are in control. Amen.

I would love to read your prayers, and come into agreement with you, in the comments as you pray for the mayor of your specific city.

 

 

 

Praying for MetaCamp

Today we’re praying for a ministry that I haven’t heard of, but the more I read on their website, the more I liked them and what they’re about. MetaCamp is a participative, experiential training opportunity for discipleship, missions, and church-planting through discipleship and missions. Rev. Curtis Sergeant, the team leader, facilitates training experiences on their property in Dadeville, AL and on the road, taking it to organizations and churches.

On their homepage, they use a brief phrase which encapsulates the three core values of what they do, how they do it, and why. ObeyGC2 means to obey the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Those three values are:

  1. Prioritize the areas of greatest need – whether that means unengaged, unreached people groups (there are 3,500 UUPGs out of the roughly 12,000 people groups in the world), or areas of greatest poverty, illness, injustice, or ignorance, etc.
  2. The work is congregation-centric. The way they describe this on their website is SO good. It’s something I’ve tried to express numerous times but couldn’t find the right words. Let me just share what they have on their website: “This is to say that the church in its local expression should be the central actor. This can obviously be a subset of a local church, but they act on behalf of the body. We are God’s representatives and it is in that role which we do anything of eternal value. The responsibility for meeting needs and doing God’s will in the world belongs to the church. Unfortunately, much that could be done and should be done but isn’t done is an indictment against the church. In many times and many places we have abdicated the responsibility which God has given us to be a blessing to every family on earth. We need to involve every follower of Jesus in living out this heritage. We are to be salt, light and leaven in this world. We should provide an example and be a good partner in working for good with both public and private enterprise, with faith-based organizations and any other men and women of goodwill which we can find. We are responsible to lead out and to do what we can as God’s representatives in our local communities and beyond.” (Can I get an AMEN??? That’ll preach right there!!!)
  3. The work is to glorify God. The basics for that is to have lives controlled by the Holy Spirit, unity among believers is essential, and all credit goes to Jesus for any good thing which is done.

Col 1:24-29

24 Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness- 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.

God, You are worthy of our everything. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom of unending light and love. You reign in unattainable glory and splendor. We owe You everything we have and all that we are simply because of who You are.

Forgive us, Lord, for not giving our lives to follow the Great Command and the Great Commission. I pray that You would revive our hearts to live for the purpose to which You have called us – to know You and make You known, even to the uttermost parts of the earth. We have set our eyes on temporal things which drain us of life. Cause our eyes to be set on You, and to labor towards making the Gospel known, which is an eternal purpose and gives us life even as it brings others life. Lord, wake up Your Church, Your Bride, to reveal Your mystery to all the world. Use us to make known to the lost the glorious riches of Christ in us, the hope of glory. Give us courage and strength and humility to suffer for the sake of the Gospel.

We pray for MetaCamp, for Curtis Sergeant, his family, and all those who work with him. Continue to equip them with Your vision, Your wisdom, Your provision, and Your strength.  Protect them from any who would try to come against this ministry and disrupt the work they are doing. Let them continue to proclaim You, and to admonish and teach everyone with all wisdom. (from v. 28) We pray that every person who has gone through this training program and everyone who will go through it will become a disciple-maker for the kingdom. Through their work, let the Body of Christ be built up here and around the world “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” (Eph. 4:13a)

Holy Spirit, raise up the Church to go to the least and the lost for the glory of Jesus Christ. Use ministries like MetaCamp to teach us how. Amen.

Praying for Prisoners

Today, we’re praying for one of the last issues I would have come up with on my own, but the Lord has laid it on my heart in an undeniable way. You may have seen some of the news articles, like this one, regarding the horrible treatment of prisoners in the Alabama prison system. It’s easy to shrug our shoulders and say, “So? They’re in there because they deserve to be. They did the crime, they do the time, whatever that looks like.” I’m guilty of forgetting that those prisoners are still human beings whom God has compassion on and desires to reconcile them to Himself. Breaking the law, even in the most heinous ways, does not remove a person from the reaches of God’s grace. It also does not make it okay for that person to be mistreated and abused by anyone. Breaking the law also does not justify someone else breaking the law in their treatment of that person.

Some of you may be struggling with what I just said. You may think I would feel differently if I had been the victim of a criminal act. Well, I have, in significant ways, and I know the frustration and pain of not seeing justice done. I have also had family members who were involved in crime and have spent time in jail (albeit not in the state prison system). My husband is a Birmingham police officer. I’m in a unique position of having experienced the criminal justice system from several different angles, and I have run the gamut of emotions and opinions on it. But I’ve learned I need to seek the Lord’s heart about these things. It’s possible to desire justice and have compassion at the same time. It’s very hard, at times, but it is possible. We must seek the Lord.

While I was praying about doing this blog post, my children and I went to Vulcan Park and Museum. In the museum, we read about how the prisoners were treated so horribly as they were forced to do labor in the furnaces. Many of them were beaten and killed; all of them were pushed beyond humane limits. Many of them were not hardened criminals, but were serving time for petty crimes, and still they were treated as though they were less than human. It made me realize that what is happening in the state prison system is a generational issue that has been around at least since the early days of the metro-B’ham area. We must pray.

Luke 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD.”

Lord Jesus, praise Your name! You are Sovereign Lord, full of grace and compassion, who died for us while we were yet sinners. Justice and compassion are Yours, the One who experienced the grossest miscarriage of justice as You, who are holy, were condemned for all our sins, and who found no compassion among the crowd crying out for Your death. You know and understand what injustice and lack of compassion feels like. You give us the power by Your Spirit to have compassion even on the worst of people. You enable us to forgive those who sin against us, just as you forgave the very soldiers who crucified You.

We thank You that You can set the captives free, and that we are some of those very captives whom You have freed. We pray for every man and woman in the Alabama prison system right now to be set free by the power of the Gospel – not necessarily physically free, but set their spirits free. This includes not just those who are serving time, but also for the men and women working in the jails. Jesus, we pray that You would give those in authority over the prisoners a heart of compassion. Set them free from bitterness and hate. Remove any unrighteous leadership over the prison system, and raise up God-fearing, Christ-like leadership who can bring the necessary reform to the system.

We pray that the oppression against these prisoners would cease, and that instead of thinking of criminals as less than human, and deserving of whatever mistreatment they endure, that You would change our heart and remind us that if it were not for the grace of God, any of us could find ourselves in the same situation. Give us Your righteous indignation and help us to do whatever You call us to do to speak out against what is happening in our prisons. We confess that we have chosen ignorance and blindness to these issues. Forgive us, and restore our sight. Let us see the situation with Your eyes and Your heart.

In Your name, Lord Jesus Christ, we tear down the generational stronghold of hate and oppression that has existed in this prison system since nearly its inception. Thank You, Lord, that the injustices of abuse and extortion are coming to light, because that is a sign that You are already working. We pray that Satan would no longer be allowed to prevail against these prisoners and against the corrections officers/guards. Instead, we pray that God’s kingdom would come, and that His will would be done in every single prison in this state as it already is in Heaven. Lord, I confess that even as I pray that, my mind and flesh are trying to speak against it – trying to convince me that is an impossible request. Thank You, Lord God, that with You nothing is impossible. We can see our prisons become places of redemption, hope and light, in Jesus’ name.

We pray all of this in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.

If you’re like me, this isn’t a subject you often pray about. Is there something the Lord is laying on your heart to pray, or is there something I prayed that either bears witness with you or that you’re struggling with? I would love to hear from you either way.

Last but Not Least, Woodstock

Here it is! Our very last municipality to pray over!

www.woodstockalabama.com

Mayor Ricky Kornegay (this may not be the most recent information, but it was all I could find)

Straddles Bibb and Tuscaloosa Counties

  • The Bibb County portion is part of the metro-B’ham area
  • The Tuscaloosa County portion is part of the Tuscaloosa-metro area

2010 population: 1, 428

Named for Woodstock, England

First settled in the 1820s along the old Tuscaloosa to Huntsville Stagecoach line

  • Became the center of a thriving railroad business
  • In 1872, a rail line was installed down to West Blocton to ship the large abundance of coal from that area
  • Woodstock became a storage yard for coal, red and brown iron ore, and cotton
  • Also in 1872, a blast furnace was built by a man who had moved to town from Tannehill to manufacture pig iron

Town was the roots of a newspaper business in the 1800s

  • Publication moved to Six Mile and then to Birmingham where it became the “Birmingham News”

Formally incorporated in 1996 as North Bibb. Name was changed back to Town of Woodstock on 2000

Let’s wrap up by praying the Lord’s Prayer over this town, because really it’s my prayer for all of the metro-Birmingham area as well.

Matthew 6:9-13 – ““Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]”

Holy, Holy, Holy are You, Lord God Almighty! Your name is unlike any other, and nothing man or Satan can do is able to cast one shadow on the glory of Your holy name. Your name encompasses all that You are – every characteristic – and it will take Eternity to know You fully. You delight to reveal Yourself to us, and we delight to discover just how wonderful, amazing, Sovereign, just, perfect, good….holy You are.

We pray that the people of the Town of Woodstock would know Your holiness. We pray that Your kingdom would come to Woodstock, and Your will be done there as it already is in Heaven. We pray for strong marriages, safe homes and schools for children, widows to have what they need not just to survive but to thrive. We pray for godly leadership in their government through Mayor Kornegay and the Town Council, and for godly business leaders and church leaders.

Father, we ask for supernatural provision for everything the people of Woodstock needs for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), for physical and spiritual provision. Sustain them and let them find satisfaction in Your will for their lives and their town. Thank You that You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps. 145:16).

Lord, may the power of Your Gospel cover the Town of Woodstock, bringing forgiveness of sins, and release from the stronghold of shame and despair. Uproot bitterness and unforgiveness and bring restoration and reconciliation. Thank You that forgiving someone does not make the wrong they did “okay”. Wrong is never okay. Give us all grace to understand what real forgiveness is and what it looks like.

Deliver the Town of Woodstock from every evil scheme of the enemy. Shine Your light and expose in Your way the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the predators, the liars, any who are choosing by their behavior to lead others to destruction or to harm others. Establish righteous leaders and bless them. Let salvation prosper in this town.

Thank You, Father, that You have good plans for Woodstock to bless them and prosper them, to give them future and a hope in You. (Jer. 29:11). You have done wonderful things over this town’s history, and we pray that You would continue to. We pray all of these things in Your name, for Your matchless power and glory which has dominion forever. Amen.

So how long have you been on this prayer journey with us? Some of you have prayed through 90 municipalities with us! This journey has changed me and how I pray. I will share more about that in the next post. Thank you so much for joining us in our prayer journey! We will continue praying over the metro-Birmingham area in the days ahead.

Praying for Wilton – the Town with 7 Names

This is our next-to-last place on our prayer journey through the entire metro-Birmingham area! Eeek! I’m excited, which is understandable, but also nervous, which is strange. I think I dislike change more than I care to admit, and I’ve really, really enjoyed getting to know these cities and towns. We’ll definitely be revisiting them and praying for them, though, and doing posts that focus on current news, events, and concerns throughout the area.

Today, we’re praying for Wilton, Alabama. Most of my information was found through an article written in 1976 by Bert Seaman for the Shelby County Reporter. It was copied by Bobby Joe Seales for the Shelby County Historical Society’s website. The information I did not get from there I got from the town’s website (mayor’s name, location and water shortage fact) and from Wikipedia (population count only).

www.wiltonalabama.com

Mayor Joe Fancher (I’m not sure this is the most up-to-date info. If not, someone please correct me.)

Located in the southwestern section of Shelby County, approximately 40 miles south of Birmingham

Established around 1818. Incorporated in 1918.

Before being named Wilton around the turn of the century, the community was known by 7 different names:

  • The first settlers were Scotch-Irish farmers and called it Woodsborough
  • Spelling changed to Woodsboro
  • Around 1856 it was known simply as Woods
  • Known as Junction in 1872 because of the different railroad tracks that came through the town
  • Became Birmingham Junction in 1889
  • Called Bismarck after the German chancellor
  • During WWI years, that name became unpopular, so the post master renamed it Catoosa, after a town in Georgia.
  • Finally named Wilton after Wilton, England, because both were railroad centers.

In 1936, the town almost ran out of water due to a very dry summer. There was no water system, so citizens relied on wells, cisterns and rain barrels. The mayor at the time asked for assistance from the PWA and by Spring the town had their own pump house and a 10,000 gallon storage tank.

2012 population: 694

Lamentations 3:22-26 (This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible) – “The LORD’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD.”

What an amazing, profound and unique truth that Your lovingkindness, or as we know it better, Your mercies, never cease! Hallelujah! In a world that is so fickle and ever-changing, what a comfort Your faithfulness is! I am so glad, God, that this is who You are. You are Faithful and True. Your love never fails. No matter what comes in life, no matter how people may disappoint or even betray us, You are the One we cling to because You do not change and You are our portion. Praise You, God! Hallelujah!

Lord God, may the people of Wilton know and experience you as this faithful, merciful God in ever-increasing capacity. Let the widow know that You are her portion. Let the abused or neglected child experience Your unfailing love and compassion. Let the successful business leader know that You are their source of strength and hope, not their business. Let the parents know You are the source of their salvation for themselves and their children. Give them the capacity to wait on Your salvation.

Father, the story of the town almost running out of water makes me think of the story of the woman at the well in John 4, and how You revealed Yourself as the source of Living Water. We pray that the town of Wilton would experience You as the Living Water that satisfies the longings of their heart. We pray that You would wash over this town and bring new life into places that have been dormant; bring refreshing where there has been stagnation; bring liberty where there has been bondage; bring healing where there has been hurt and disease; bring hope to the hopeless, and life to the dying; cause strongholds of wickedness and deception to be washed away by the rushing of Your Spirit and Your Living Water through Wilton. Make the heart of Wilton be glad and rejoice in the streams of Living Water, and in Your salvation.

We pray for Mayor Fancher and the town’s leadership. Protect them from rushing into those things that seem to satisfy but cannot sustain. Give them discernment to recognize those things, and enable them to wait on You and Your provision for them and their town. Let them see Your faithfulness in their personal lives and in how You lead the town. God, we ask that You would be their portion and their hope. Amen.

What is your favorite passage or verse from the Bible? I would to hear what it is in the comments!

 

Praying for Wilsonville, AL – also the countdown to the end! (of our list)

Before we take a look at Wilsonville’s background and pray for that town, I wanted to share some neat things I learned over on the West Blocton post. Michael Logan, whose family has lived there for over 100 years, was kind enough to let me know the current mayor’s name – Mayor Gary Donner, and then answer some of my questions. He is the one who created a documentary about West Blocton. It was shown at the Sidewalk Film Festival. Here is some of the very interesting info he shared.
Overall, West Blocton is a wonderful little town where people care about one another. You don’t see that much any more in this day and age. Almost a Mayberry type feel.. What impressed me most while researching the documentary, for a town of around 1200 people, what a rich history West Blocton had. At one point in time, West Blocton was one of the largest coal mining towns in the South. Another interesting fact I discovered was that the commander of Air Force One during the Kennedy Administration was Colonel James B. Swindal. He was born and raised in West Blocton and he flew President Kennedy to Dallas on November 22nd, 1963. During World War II, per capita, there were more people in the military from West Blocton then any other city or town in the United States.”

I was so appreciative of Michael taking the time to fill us in on what makes West Blocton unique and beloved. I would love to have these kinds of insights into all the towns and cities we are praying for!  Now on to Wilsonville.

www.wilsonvilleal.com

Mayor Lee McCarty

Located in Shelby County

First settled in 1812 by Henry W. Robertson and family

Incorporated in 1947

Named for Adam Wilson, an early settler to the Shelby County

In 1900, Wilsonville was the largest town in the county, with a population of 1600.

  • Had hotels, various stores and a variety of industry – Cotton, logging and charcoal-making
  • In 1932, the Wilsonville State Bank failed. The number of businesses decreased.

The WWII years (1940-47) brought many defense workers to the area for the huge DuPont powder plant in nearby Childersburg.

  • Wilsonville was overflowing, with 2-4 families living in nearly every house
  • Powder plant was later converted to a paper mill. Many families stayed on.

Psalm 90:14-17 – “O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, and the years we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your majesty to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.”

There is nothing more satisfying then when we taste Your lovingkindness to us, Lord God. We are but dust, and yet You chose to make us in Your image, and to do whatever it took to have a relationship with us. Nothing and no one and no place can separate us from Your unfailing love. We too often lose sight of Your goodness and faithfulness. Establish Your goodness and love in our hearts so that we may not wander from You.

As I read through the historical accounts of the town of Wilsonville, I noticed it has a history of diligent and successful labor and industry. Thank You, Lord, for the work ethic that has been evident from the earliest days in this town, and for blessing their work the way that You have. We pray that that would not change, but that You would continue to bless this town and its economy. Let it increase and prosper. We pray that the business leaders, employees and residents of Wilsonville would recognize that it is by Your favor that You have established and confirmed the work of their hands, and in turn they would use it to invest in Your kingdom.

We pray that the people of this town would see Your hand at work in their lives and in their town. Let them turn away from the things of this world that promise to satisfy but only lead to destruction, and cause them to be satisfied with Your lovingkindness. Give them hope, joy and gladness even in the hardest places in life. We speak life over Wilsonville and every person in it. In Jesus’ name, we declare that every plan of the Evil One to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) in the lives of the people of Wilsonville would be brought to nothing, but that they would receive abundant life from the One who saves, heals and restores.

We pray for Mayor Lee McCarty, that he would taste Your lovingkindness and be satisfied in You. Let the leadership of this town see Your hand at work and give them the desire and the resources to join You in that work. Let them recognize that their own plans and successes will only lead to temporary success, at best, but that following Your plans will lead to eternal success and reward for them, their families and their town. Protect them from the enemy who wants to destroy them. Confirm and establish the work You have called them to do, and let it be richly satisfying to them.

We ask these things according to Your will, and therefore in confidence that You hear and will grant us what we ask. (I John 5:14-15). Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Only 2 more places to pray after this – Wilton and Woodstock! What has been your favorite place to pray for, thus far? Is there one that you’ve felt more burdened for than you expected to be?

 

Praying for Westover, Alabama

www.westoveralabama.org

Located in northeastern quadrant of Shelby County

  • Along the Hwy 280 corridor
  • 12 miles South of downtown Birmingham

Mayor Mark McLaughlin

Established in 1901 as a mail and passenger stop on the Atlanta, Birmingham, and Atlantic Railroad. Originally known as either Weldon or Cobb. It derived its current name from the railroad.

Incorporated as a town in 2001

  • Has gone from 2.5 square miles and a few hundred people to 22 square miles and well over 2,000 people
  • Has many community events throughout the year

2010 population: 2,200

Deuteronomy 30:15-16 – “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.”

Lord God, we bless Your name because You alone are worthy of all blessing and honor, power and glory. Thank You that in Jesus, we have everything we need pertaining to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) Jesus, You are the fulfillment of the Law, and You are our life and prosperity, and we thank You and praise You.

Thank You for what You have done in Westover, Alabama, by multiplying its land and population over the past 13 years. We pray that You would be the Lord of Westover, and that its people would love the Lord their God. We pray that they would walk in Your ways and, because of Christ, be keepers of Your law. We pray that You would empower this town to live counter to the culture which tries to tear down and destroy families, communities and cities. As they do, we pray that You would increase their influence into that very culture around them. Use Westover, Alabama to make a difference in this state, in this nation and in this world.

We pray for Mayor McLaughlin and the men and women who help lead this town. We pray they would walk in Your ways and keep Your commands and judgments. As they do, we pray that You would bless them in their personal and professional lives. We pray that the plans You give them for their town would be even more successful than they imagine. Increase favor on them and through them, and prosper them as they keep Your ways.

Thank You for Your promises, Lord. We pray that Westover, Alabama would not only be known as a town that has grown so rapidly in the past decade, but also as a town that has experienced the promises and faithfulness of the Lord on their behalf.

Just 3 more municipalities to go, now! I’m thinking of doing a giveaway on our last one. Stay tuned for details!