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.
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.