Praying for Mountain Brook

This week’s posts will finish up the “M” municipalities of the metro-B’ham area. I can’t believe how close we are getting to praying through every one of them. We are currently praying through how we might continue praying and posting after we finish the list of cities. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear them. Just leave a comment  below.

Located in Jefferson County

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Mayor Lawrence Terry Oden

Incorporated on May 24, 1942

Named Mountain Brook in the 1920’s reportedly because of the many brooks running through the hilly community.

2010 population 20, 413

  • Opened for settlement after the War of 1812
  • Area originally referred to as “Watkins Branch” after early landowner Daniel Watkins
  • Also called Waddell
  • Developed in 1929 by Robert Jemison
  • Warren Manning was responsible for the General Plan of Mountain Brook Development, which was designed to protect and preserve open space.
  • First city in Alabama to operate under the Council-Manager form of government
  • Listed as one of the 10 wealthiest communities in the United States
  • Home of the first office park in the nation built in 1955

Notable residents: Wayne Rogers, Kate Jackson, Courteney Cox, Bart Starr

Romans 12:10-13 – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”

Heavenly Father, thank You for the way You have economically blessed the city of Mountain Brook. It is according to Your plan and purpose that they have prospered so, and we thank You for raising up wise men and women to be wise stewards of their resources that helped build up that city into everything that it is today.

We pray that Mountain Brook would not only be a city known for its prosperity, but also for the love among its citizens. In a community known for prosperity, there is a tendency to let it become one’s identity and one’s standard for everything else. We pray that You would protect Mountain Brook from that shallow standard. We pray that the residents of this city would be blessed with a deep and abiding love for one another. Bless them with humility and with a real identity based on who they are in Christ. Lord, give the community of Mountain Brook a diligent spirit with which to serve You and Your kingdom. May Your name be proclaimed among them and through them into the surrounding communities and even into the world.

Father, we pray for Mayor Oden and all the leaders of this city. We pray for the joy of the Lord to be their strength, enabling them to hope in You through anything life brings to them. Compel them to seek Your face in prayer in their personal lives as well as in their city leadership responsibilities.

We pray that Mountain Brook would be a hub of Kingdom resources, not out of compulsion or obligation, but out of a sense of joy and desire to bless You with what You have blessed them. We pray for a spirit of rejoicing to be on those who have been called to sow into Your kingdom. Raise up the Church in Mountain Brook to be Your hands and feet and heart to the residents. Give the shepherds in this city wisdom and insight to know how to best minister to the saints and to the whole community.

Father, may Mountain Brook be blessed as a city of joy, peace, hope and brotherly love. Amen.