Declaring Salvation in Mulga

This finishes up the municipalities that start with “M”.

Located in Jefferson County ten miles west of Birmingham

Mayor Dennis McCrary

Recognized as a community in 1907

Incorporated 1947. At that time, the mining communities in the surrounding areas had running water, but Mulga did not. Many residents had to haul water from surrounded water stations to their homes. The residents incorporated in order to get running water services.

Reportedly named after an Indian leader.

2010 population 836

  • The name Mulga comes from an Indian name
  • Grew as a private housing alternative to a nearby mining community (also known as Mulga)
  • Originally called East Mulga

Isaiah 12:2-4 – “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember His name is exalted.'”

O LORD our God, Your name is exalted above the highest heavens. There is nothing we can do or say that can come close to describing Your great name. Yet, You allow us to carry it with us and to make it known among us. What glory!

We thank You for raising up the town of Mulga, AL for the purpose of displaying Your great name and Your salvation. We pray that every person in Mulga would put their trust in You, Lord God. Let the weak know Your strength. Let the ones bowed down in despair learn the new song You put in their hearts. May the ones who feel dried up and forgotten drink deeply of Your living water, and that You would refresh and restore them.

We pray that Your justice in Mulga would roll down like waters (Amos 5:24). Father, the history of mining and anything tied to the Native Americans is laced heavily with injustice. We pray that You would restore righteousness and tear down any stronghold of injustice and unrighteousness that may exist in Mulga. Let this town be a place that declares Your righteous deeds and exalts Your name.

Please bless Mayor McCrary, and all those who lead the town of Mulga know Your salvation. Let them give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, and learn Your righteous judgments (from Psalm 119:7). Grant them wisdom and strength, and let them lead from a place of joy, in order to declare Your greatness and salvation through everything that they do.

Lord, we thank You for Your salvation. Make it known among us, so that it can be made known through us. Amen.

We would love it if you would join the prayer conversation. How do you pray for your city or community?

Childersburg, AL – Oldest City in America

DeSoto Caverns has hosted some really, really cool prayer events where Christian Native Americans came and led part of the prayer and worship time. We were in the belly of the cave, repenting for the injustices committed against the Native American people in our state and pleading the blood of Jesus over the land that had been cursed as a result of those injustices. The Birmingham Prayer Furnace was the ministry that organized those prayer events.

My prayer today is based on I Kings 8:23.

Heavenly Father,
We bless Your name, O Lord God of Israel. There is no god like You in the heavens. There is no god like You in the earth. You keep covenant and show mercy unto Your servants who walk before You with all of their heart. Your mercy and faithfulness are all the more amazing to us when we look at our lack of mercy for our fellow man and our faithlessness. You alone are God, and we thank You and praise You for who You are.

We pray for the city of Childersburg today, O God, and ask that Your covenant grace and mercy would reign over that city. Set the land free from the curse of past injustice against the Native American nation who originally settled there. Break off bondages of poverty, racism and hopelessness from among the citizens, in Jesus’ name. Make it a place of honor for the very rich heritage Childersburg has, and for the way You established this city so long ago.

We lift up Mayor B.J. Meeks to You, O God of Israel. We pray that like Solomon, who prayed the prayer in I Kings 8, he would seek You for wisdom and for Your covenant protection over him, his family, and his city. We pray that his heart would not become divided by the blessings You pour out on him and his city, but that like King David, he would be a man after Your own heart.

Lord, bless this city, and let its wealth of history be the tool You intend it to be for us. May it humble us and bring us to repentance for the sins committed against our fellow-men. May it cause us to be in awe of You and give you praise and adoration for how far You have brought us. May it teach us and instruct us in wisdom and in the fear of the Lord, so that we do not repeat the sins of our forefathers. Let Your name be made known through the city of Childersburg, O Lord God of Israel. Amen.

Please comment below with your prayers, questions or comments.

 

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.

Please join the prayer conversation for Blountsville by leaving your prayer or Scripture in the comments below.

Altoona – High Land of Great Worth

Today we are praying for Altoona.
. Gadsden area, Etowah County
. 44 miles NE of Birmingham
. Established in 1908
. Currently has more female residents than male.
. The name is Native American and means “high land of great worth.
. Mayor is Richard Nash

For some reason, the passage that comes to mind for Altoona is Psalm 145. If you have time and feel led, I highly recommend reading through all 21 verses. But for now, let’s focus on verses 14-16.

“The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

Oh God, You are our God and King. We will bless Your name forever and ever. You are worthy to be praised because Your greatness is unfathomable. The splendor of Your majesty is beyond compare. You show Yourself faithful and true to every generation, and we can rehearse Your faithful and wonderful deeds to one another, to exalt You and to build our trust in Your goodness.

Father, we pray for the city of Altoona. We pray that You would lift up, redeem, and restore those things, places, and people that have fallen or been bowed down through circumstances or generational bondage. We plead the blood of Jesus over the people of Altoona, and we declare that His blood breaks every yoke of bondage. We put the name of the Righteous Judge on Altoona, to undo deeds of darkness and to set things right.

Would You cause Mayor Nash and the city council to look to You for their every need? We pray that this city would experience Your supernatural provision in ways that they cannot deny. We pray that Altoona, from the mayor to the youngest baby, would experience Your open hand of provision, and not just for their needs, but also for the desires that You have placed within each person in that city. We pray that they would not run to and fro, seeking some way to satisfy their desires, but that they would encounter You, as a city and as individuals, to satisfy their souls. We confess that only You can satisfy us by loving us, forgiving us, and giving us life abundantly.

We call Altoona the high land of great worth, not because of its location or historical value, but because You love it; because You say about the people that they are precious to You and You rejoice over them with singing; because You have a covenant with the land that redeems it from every deceitful treaty that has ever been signed against it. We pray that You would use Altoona for Your purpose and plans, and that this city would bring You glory  – that every “mouth would speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh would bless Your holy name forever and ever.”(Ps. 145:21) – AMEN.

Please join your prayers with ours in the comments below, or share a Scripture or whatever the Lord lays on your heart. We would especially love to hear from someone who lives or comes from Altoona. God bless!