Praying for Hoover, AL

We are praying for the City of Hoover today, which most of us in Alabama are probably quite familiar with. I was born and raised in Bessemer, but Hoover was probably the second city I came to know because my parents took us to church in Hoover, and later on I attended the school that church started. All that to say, this city is another one that is near to my heart. However, I must confess that I have not prayed for this city very often. I think it’s easy to remember to pray for a city that is struggling or has negative track records. But perhaps even more “dangerous” is the city who is doing so well that it’s people forget to pray.

http://www.hooveral.org/

Located in Jefferson County, South of Birmingham

Mayor Gary Ivey

Founded February 1954

Incorporated on April 28, 1967.  At that time Hoover was four blocks long and one block wide, with a population of 406.

Named for William H. Hoover.  In 1953, when the Alabama Highway Department began widening Highway 31 from Vestavia to The Cahaba River, Mr. Hoover had a vision for Birmingham growth to move southward, and he began buying up property along this area of Highway 31.  At the time, some people called this venture “Hoover’s Folly”.

2010 population 81,619

  • Sixth largest city in the state

  • Originally populated by Creeks, Cherokees, Choctaws and Chickasaws Indians.

  • Chapel Road was once a path used by the Indians when crossing from Talladega to Tuscaloosa, and a portion of Shades Crest Road was once known as Indian Wagon Trail.

  • Lies above the Cahaba Coal Fields, first mined in 1853

  • By 1992 the city boundaries had expanded to include Bluff Park, Green Valley, Rocky Ridge, Riverchase, Trace Crossings industrial complex, areas of Inverness, and Greystone.  The city now includes about 48 square miles.

Psalm 132:13-17 – “For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread. Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, and her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.”

Lord God, thank You for choosing to raise up the City of Hoover to accomplish Your plans and purposes. We pray that Hoover would be a city in which You desire to dwell. Let the hearts of the people of Hoover be full of humility and grace. May they recognize that it is only by Your hand that they have been abundantly blessed. Cause them to set their hearts on You, Lord.

Let Hoover be a city who has compassion on the poor and needy. Let them be moved with compassion to address the needs of the less fortunate in their city, and set them free from the concern of “keeping up appearances” as being an affluent city. We pray for Your wisdom for Mayor Ivey and the other city leaders, so that they can address the needs of the poor in their city through biblical concepts, and not man-made concepts, which put undue burden on the rest of the community and builds resentment. Bless Mayor Ivey with godly wisdom, discernment and favor. Grant him the fear of the Lord, because it is the beginning of wisdom.

Father, let Your Church and its pastors and shepherds rise up in Hoover, to be Your light and Your provision; indeed to bring Your salvation to their city, their neighborhoods and communities. We pray You would continue to create partnerships between these churches and city leaders to advance Your kingdom in Hoover. May the joy of the Lord be the Church’s strength, and to be a light to all people.

Lord, thank You that You would make Your dwelling among us. May we come to desire Your habitation among us more than anything. Thank You for calling us to be Your people. Equip us to be worthy of that high calling.

Thanks for praying with us today! What are you believing God for Hoover, or for your own city? Pray it for Hoover, and see how the Lord returns the blessing of intercession upon you and your city.

 

Blountsville

  • Mayor Randy Millwood
  • Founded in 1818 from land ceded to the Federal gov’t by the Creek Nation in 1814
  • Was once a mixed Creek/Cherokee Native American village
  • Named for TN governor Willie G. Blount, who provided assistance to Alabama settlers during the Creek War of 1813-1814.
  • A major crossroads in early Alabama. Became a Confederate depot for the cavalry.
  • In northeastern section of AL, known as the mineral region.
  • 5.5 square miles
  • Population 7, 330 in 2010
  • Affected by historic April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak (Tornado activity above state average)
  • Home to the Spring Valley Beach Water Park

Heavenly Father, we love You and adore You. You see and know everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. You hold all our days in Your hand. You bring redemption and restoration out of loss. You are merciful, gracious, faithful, and there is no god like our God.

You are also the God of Justice. The rich history of Blountsville touches on the injustices that occurred against the Native Americans in this country. Father, as a nation, You know that we have recognized those sins and have done our best to repent. So we ask that You would heal the land from those injustices, because of the blood of Jesus Christ. As this city seeks to preserve and learn from its past, we pray that Your light and truth would shine through the hard parts. We pray Amos 5:25, that You would cause Your justice to roll down like waters, and Your righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. To me, it’s as if their Spring Valley Beach Water Park is a visual reminder of that verse.

We pray that You would bless this city, according to Your grace and lovingkindness. Please give Mayor Millwood, the city council, and other city leaders Your wisdom. Cause them to trust in You with all their heart, and to not lean on their own understanding. May they acknowledge You in all their ways, so that You will direct their paths. (Prov. 3:5,6)

You have a plan and purpose for Blountsville, and so we pray that You would accomplish it in the earth as it already is in Heaven. Provide what the citizens need to live lives that glorify You, giving them everything pertaining to life and godliness. Bless the businesses in the city to manage well and find their fulfillment and satisfaction in You, and not in their profit margin. Raise up Kingdom-minded business leaders in Blountsville, to be able to invest in Your Kingdom through local ministries.

We pray all these things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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