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 Fultondale, Alabama

Located in North Jefferson County

Website: http://www.cityoffultondale.com/

Mayor Jim Lowery

Incorporated in 1947

Name is a combination of the names of two nearby communities, Fulton Springs and Glendale, that united to became Fultondale

2010 population 8,387

  • Was a mining town in  the 1900s

  • Originally called Fulton Springs

  • 6.3 miles from Birmingham

  • Parts of Fultondale suffered major damage from the April 27, 2011 tornados

  • Has been experiencing growth in both commercial and residential properties

There wasn’t a lot of info that Ginny could find for Fultondale. So if anyone has something that they think would be interesting to share, please let us know or leave it in the comments.

Heavenly Father, we worship You because You alone are worthy of our worship. You are holy and exalted high above the earth. There is no one like You.

We lift up the city of Fultondale to You today. We pray that Your ingdom would come in Fultondale. Awaken and raise up the Church in that city to be kingdom agents, full of the Holy Spirit, so that they can be Jesus’ hands and feet in their communities. Anoint them to bring “good news to the afflicted; to bind up the broken-hearted; and to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners.” (Is. 61:1)

May the people of Fultondale acknowledge You in all of their ways, so that You can direct their path. We pray that they would acknowledge You as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Bring unity to their families, their neighborhoods, and their city as a whole. As this city is growing commercially and residentially, we pray that it would also grow in wisdom that only comes from the fear of the Lord.

We pray for Mayor Lowery and the city council. You have appointed these leaders for this city for this time. We pray You would bless them and protect them. Cause the believers in Fultondale to pray earnestly and at all times with all prayers and petitions for their city leaders, so that You would cause them to live in peace.

In the name of Jesus, we come against the spirit of division and strife, that stirs up our flesh to speak against our cities and our leaders. Cause us to be humble, walking in humility and gentleness. Cause us to give honor to whom honor is due. Help us to be faithful to diligently intercede for those who are in authority over us. May all that we do, say and pray be done as unto You.  Amen.

Leave us a comment and tell us what you are believing God for in your community.

County Line, Alabama

We are praying for County Line today. The last of the municipalities in the metro-Birmingham area that begin with “C”. Ginny said there was very little info out there, and it seems it doesn’t have a mayor from what little info she could find about it. If any of you have more information, we would love to know about it!

  • Incorporated on March 1st, 1972
  • Named for its location on the border between Blount and Jefferson counties
  • 2010 census 258. Since 2000 it has had a population growth of 25.12 percent.
  • Total area of 2 square miles
  • Compared to the rest of the country, County Line’s cost of living is 13.20% lower than the U.S. average
  • The unemployment rate in County Line is 7.30 percent. Recent job growth is Positive. County Line jobs have increased by 1.04

John 15:16 – “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.”

Jesus, we love You and adore You. Thank You for making a way for us to have access to the Father through Your death in our place on the cross. Thank You that the work to reconcile us to God is finished, and that there is nothing we have to do to earn Your love or the Father’s love and forgiveness. Thank You for choosing us to be Your children when we were enemies of God, children of wrath. Your grace amazes us.

Lord Jesus, You have appointed the town of County Line to exist for such a time as this. You have a purpose and a plan for that town.  We ask that You would bring that plan forth in Your perfect timing, and that You would provide the resources they need to accomplish Your will.

Raise up the person You have ordained and called to be the mayor for County Line, and those who You’ve called to serve in leadership for the town. We ask that it would be a man or woman after Your own heart. May this be a town whose leadership gets established in prayer, and who actively seek Your face and Your counsel in all of their ways.

We ask for an increase in jobs in County Line, and that You would provide its residents with the ability and resources to meet their needs. Bring increase where there has been lack. Bring abundance where there has been poverty. Bring life where there has been death. Bring health where there has been infirmity. Bring peace where there has been strife.

We pray these things of the Father in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and for Your glory.

How is the Lord leading You to pray for County Line?

National Day of Prayer

Today, many of us around the country are focusing our prayers on our leaders. Let’s remember to not only pray for our national leaders, but also for our state and local leaders as well. At some point, we hope to have a page on this blog with a list of all the municipalities in the metro-Birmingham area, with the names of each mayor. If you don’t know your mayor’s name or any of your council members, today would be a good time to find out their names and pray for them specifically.

Instead of focusing on praying for a particular city today, I felt the Lord lead me in a different direction. There are two verses He’s laid on my heart. The first one is probably one of the most common verses for the National Day of Prayer – II Chronicles 7:14. However, I can’t hardly pray past the first line: “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves…”. The second verse is I Timothy 2:1-2: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

Father, You are our King and our God. You are Sovereign over all of Creation. It is by Your hand that leaders are raised up. It is Your will that we not only submit to our leaders, but also to humbly pray for them. Lord, I have been convicted lately of praying that my will be done, not Yours. Especially when it comes to government leaders, it seems we tend to pray for our wants, our agendas, our points of view, while waiting on the “other people” (whoever that may be) to humble themselves so that You’ll heal our land already. Lord, forgive us. Instead of seeking Your face in prayer, we are too busy grumbling about how bad our nation is and that if You don’t do something soon, we’re in trouble. God, please forgive us. Bring us to repentance.

Change our perspective, Lord, so that we truly humble ourselves, instead of pointing the finger at who we think needs to be more humble. Help us realize that You’ve called us to do two things when it comes to seeing our land healed and leading a tranquil life: to humble ourselves, and to pray for all men, including our leaders. Those 2 things must come before our opinions and agendas. Cause us to pray that Your kingdom would come and that Your will would be done in our nation, our state, and our cities; not our will, but Thine be done. Instead of praying that You would change those we don’t agree with, cause us to pray that You would change us, humble us, instead.

Finally Lord, we do lift up our leaders today. Father, most of us will never know the weight they carry, so help us to give them grace in how we think about them and what we say about them. We pray that if their hearts are not for You, that You would turn their hearts like rivers of water. Give them wisdom, discernment, and protection. Bless them with wise counselors and advisors. Most of all, bless them with Christians who are committed to humbly pray for them. For the sake of Your Kingdom and for Your will to be done, we ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus, to whom belongs all power and the glory forever. Amen.

Alabaster – Shine Your light

Alabaster is a city in Shelby County, AL. As of July 2009, it had 29, 681 residents. Their mayor is Marty Handlon. Alabaster was founded in 1925 and was named after the natural mineral that was mined there. It was incorporated on Feb. 23, 1953. Like Adamsville, for whom we prayed on Friday, its tornado and earthquake activity is also higher than the state average.

The passage I believe the Lord led me to for Alabaster is Ephesians 5:13-17 – “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Lord God, You are exalted high above the heavens. Not even the highest heavens can contain You. You are the light of the world. The darkness tries to flee from Your presence, but there is no hiding place from You. Your presence, Your glory, and Your power are ever present, and Your truth abides forever.

Father, we ask that the Church in Alabaster would hear Your call and would awaken to the new thing You are doing in their midst. I know a couple of pastors from some of the churches in Alabaster, and I know their heart for You and their desire to be the Bride of Christ, prepared for her Bridegroom. Remove those things which are hindering them from being the Bride You’ve called them to be. Get them out of the place of complacency and into a place of utter dependence on You. Cause them to diligently seek You with their whole hearts. May the prayers of the saints rise up from Alabaster as a sweet-smelling offering of incense to you. Be their vision and provision, and keep them in the center of Your Word and Your will.

Shine Your light on Your people and on this city. May the people of Alabaster behold Your glory and majesty. Let them behold Your marvelous works, and let it be a sign to them that points to salvation. Give the people discernment to recognize evil and good – to avoid the traps and pitfalls the enemy has laid for them, and to seek after peace and pursue it.

Thank You that Your will is not hidden from those who diligently seek You. We pray that Mayor Handlon and the city council would seek Your will. Give them a spirit of understanding and wisdom so that they would understand Your will as You reveal it to them. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, the Light of the World. Amen.

Please respond with anything the Lord lays on your heart in the comments.

Praying for Adamsville

First, let me say thank you for making our launch day on Monday such a success with all your visits! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook to stay connected between posts.

We are starting our virtual prayer journey through the metro-B’ham area in Adamsville, which is in the north-westernmost corner of the metro-B’ham area. It is 10 miles NW of the city of Birmingham, center to center. It was named for a man whose house was used as a temporary railroad depot, according to www.epodunk.com. The city has a little less than 5,000 residents. The mayor of Adamsville is Pam Palmer.

The verse the Lord led me to for this city is Psalm 127:1-2 – “Unless the LORD (Yahweh) builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”

Father, we praise You because You are Yahweh – the One True God, the Great I AM. You are Sovereign and You have a plan and a purpose for Adamsville. We submit this city to Your will and we ask that You would fulfill Your will in Adamsville as it already is in Heaven. Thank You for establishing this city. I know the mayor and the city council have worked hard to make Adamsville a pleasant place to live, and we pray that they would acknowledge You as the One who has built their city, so that their labor would not be in vain, but would be in cooperation with Your plan. Give them Your wisdom and let them find You when they seek Your face for guidance.

We pray that You would guard Adamsville; that You would set Your angels around the city to watch over it. Put Your name, Yahweh, on Adamsville, so that the police and first responders do not keep watch in vain. Grant them success on every side as they stand between the citizens and the evil that seeks to bring harm and destruction. Please protect those who guard the city.

For the citizens of Adamsville, we pray that they would acknowledge You in all their ways, so that You would direct their paths. (Prov. 3:6) Let their labors not be in vain, but bless their efforts to provide for themselves and their families. Bring jobs to those who are unemployed. And we pray that they would find rest in You, and that they would know they are Your beloved. We pray all these things in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

There is so much more that could and should be prayed for over Adamsville. How is the Lord leading you to pray for this city?